From street eats to Eat Street, Hola Arepa has built up a loyal clientele that fiends for those signature hearty corn cakes stuffed with Latin-influenced pork, beef, chicken, cheeses, and salsas. For the first several months after opening their brick-and-mortar location, owners Birk Stefan Grudem an ... More >>
There was a time when eating at the Turf Club meant waiting, hoping, and wishing for the Tamale Lady to stroll in with her four for $5 special. Now the newly renovated and reopened live music venue in St. Paul has a full kitchen of its very own, and is serving weekend brunch and a daily lunch, dinne ... More >>
Our zone-by-zone best restaurant bets from Minneapolis to St. Paul
Do you like tacos? How does the idea of free tacos grab you? Yeah, we thought so. This weekend, the Lake Street Taco Tour will offer registered guests a guided tour of 15 Mexican restaurants on Lake Street -- complete with free tacos. Read on to find out how to get your taste of the action.See also: ... More >>
The new restaurant hatches in downtown Minneapolis where Peter's Grill used to sit
Taco Cat, an enigmatic taco-delivery service, made waves on the internet Wednesday afternoon when it unveiled new menu items and expanded delivery days for its soft opening. The announcement sparked so much interest that the folks behind Taco Cat felt compelled to write a follow-up status, partiall ... More >>
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would a fish sandwich, even if you insist on tarting it up and calling it a Fish Taco Torta or a Catfish Po' Boy? It's just fish, bread, and toppings, folks. No need for misleading Orwellian doublespeak. Whatever you want to call them, you don't nee ... More >>
It's not too common these days to see a restaurant reach the half-century mark, but clearly Boca Chica is not your average restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1964, this family owned and operated spot has been delighting diners on St. Paul's West Side with scratch-made Mexican cuisine. ... More >>
For Hector Ruiz, life in South Minneapolis is Grand. The chef is owner of three restaurants -- Cafe Ena, Rincon 38, and now, La Fresca -- all located on Grand Avenue, all within blocks of each other. His latest venture opened last weekend, promising nuevo Mexican cuisine, and we stopped by for a fir ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.They put certain dishes and drinks in the spotlight with their name and signage, but when we visited Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar in Uptown in the fall of 2013, we found ou ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.They don't call it poutine, but this beer-friendly dish sure tastes like the Quebecois signature specialty. 7th Street Social serves a humble fry with a few accoutrements ... More >>
Homemade food is all the rage these days, with everything from basement breweries to kimchi-making in the kitchen. However, sometimes the goods don't turn out as well as expected. Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that more than two dozen people in Minneapolis have gotten sick f ... More >>
The Crooked Pint is planning a second outpost in Uptown at the corner of 40th and Lyndale, with hopes to open this October, reports the Southwest Journal. Unlike its original location on Washington Avenue South, the Uptown store will not host live music, but owner Paul Dzubnar says there are plans i ... More >>
Midori's Floating World, near the corner of East Lake and Minnehaha Avenue, announced it will re-open after a nearly two-month-long hiatus. The Japanese restaurant was forced to close for extensive repairs after a water pipe burst and caused damage to the floor and walls. But now that it is once aga ... More >>
The site was once a video rental store, but it's set to be neighborhood hangout at the Minneapolis edge of Edina. The new Red Cow restaurant has been beautifully redone with buttery cream-colored walls mixed with cherry-red booths and dark wood accents. The owner, Luke Shimp, knows a thing or three ... More >>
The old shuttered Jimmy John's on West Seventh in downtown St. Paul will soon be home to a fun, new, and very transparently titled restaurant called Tacos, Nachos, and Beer, reports the Pioneer Press. Yesterday the Twitterverse snarkily wondered what the taqueria will serve, but I for one, hope ... More >>
Well, that was fast. With very little notice and a very quick turnaround time, the Bullfrog Cajun Bar next door to Butcher and the Boar on Hennepin has transitioned to become the Bulldog Downtown, the latest outpost to join the Northeast, Uptown, and Lowertown locations.Here are more details on the ... More >>
Muddy Waters2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis612. 872.2232; Muddy Waters websiteHours and details: Every day from 3-5 p.m.$2, $3, and $4.50 select pintsWines by the glass, ranging from $2.50 to $4A happy hour menu with options ranging from $3 to $11We stopped by for happy hour at Muddy Waters r ... More >>
Chef Lisa Hanson hopes her creative small plates will draw diners
It's (almost) May, and our week in food reflects this most welcome month: Cinco de Mayo cooking classes and a new chef at Gather just to name a few. Enjoy!
The graffiti-covered truck invites passersby to "Get Sauced," and it's a hard offer to turn down. The wafting scents of sweet roasted meats and a bevy of complimentary condiment options doesn't hurt either. This truck originally appeared on the streets last summer, and we were happy to see their ... More >>
Diverse menu items made from scratch
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Steven Joel Brown thought maybe it was time to move on. "I was kind of thinking I was done working in restaurants," he confesses," and that part of my life was over." I ... More >>
Rosa Mexicano609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.656.7144Hours:Weekdays, 3-6 p.m. (in the bar area only)Drinks & Eats:La Tradicional Margarita - $4.90The 1800 Margarita - $5.50Pitchers of Sangría - $4.90/$141800 Tequila Shots - $5.50Select Imported Beers - $3Queso Fundido - $4.90Flautas de Pol ... More >>
Interested in creating a delicious autumn dinner? Join Laurie McCann Crowell and Elizabeth Ries (from Channel 5 Twin Cities Live) at Chef's Abode cooking school on Monday evening for some fun fall entertaining.
Mo PerryCatalina's Restaruant is now open in St. Anthony In mid-July, the run down pizza joint in the inauspicious strip mall across from IHOP on 37th and Stinson, where St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, and Northeast Minneapolis converge, gave way to a shiny new storefront. Sensing opportuni ... More >>
Upscale Mexican food comes to City CenterUpscale Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano opened their first Midwestern location this week in downtown Minneapolis. Filling the onetime T.G.I. Fridays with and pink accented elegance and transforming a long dormant corner of City Center.The Hot Dish stoppe ... More >>
Storied local soul-food legend has a long rap sheet
New happy hour, same moose headRepublic221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis612.338.6146Hours and Details:Daily, 4-6 p.m.$3 Domestic tap beer$3 House wine$3 Rail drinks$3 French fries, Chips & Guacamole$5 Burgers (grass-fed beef or turkey)$5 Fish tacosThis newbie in U-Town has a killer patio and ton ... More >>
Mo PerryGoodbye Preston's, hello RepublicGone is the pervasive smell of bleach in the entryway of the building on Seven Corners that housed Sgt Preston's. There's no longer a need to cover up the unsavory smells of collegiate debauchery. The fishbowls of booze are gone; the bar-top game co ... More >>
Even the sign is beautifulVincent - A Restaurant1100 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis612.630.1189Hours and Details:Monday-Friday, 4:30-6 p.m.Monday-Thursday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.Only in the lounge; no reservations taken$5 Signature martinis - cosmo and lemon drop$5 Bubble "Petillant" Cocktails (sparklers)$4 ... More >>
Out: soul food. In: South American fare. From the cleared-out looks of things, the low-profile soul food spot at Lake and Bryant, Favor Cafe, has fried its last piece of chicken. Even though #913 is prime real estate, the space has struggled to sustain restaurants--it also housed the no ... More >>
Contemporary Americana spot finally situated after many incarnations
If you're not reading this from a Cancun beach chair, it's time for one of Pepito's margaritas.
The grande dame of French dining in St. Paul gives its fabulous fare a new look
The popular soul food chef's new venture brings New Orleans to South St. Paul
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Is there anyplace to get a great, cheap meal in this town anymore? Boy howdy, is there—here are six
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Twin Cities' chicken-wing champ Nardie's crosses the river
Now I know that good people and restaurants really don't do evil things--it's just that the world is crawling with evil twins.