North-American Food and Cooking

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    October 20, 2014

    Hola Arepa Brunch Has Arrived: Rum-Spiked Horchata, Chilaquiles, and More

    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 >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Now Open: The Turf Club's Full Kitchen Serving Brunch, Dinner, and Late Night Snacks

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    July 30, 2014

    Where to dine, drink, and snack along the Green Line

    Our zone-by-zone best restaurant bets from Minneapolis to St. Paul

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    July 23, 2014
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    June 24, 2014

    Lake Street Taco Tour offers free tacos at 15 shops this weekend

    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 >>

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    May 28, 2014
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    April 30, 2014

    Hen House Eatery rules the roost

    The new restaurant hatches in downtown Minneapolis where Peter's Grill used to sit

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Taco Cat launches taco delivery service: "Call number. Get tacos." [MAP]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Tilia vs. Blackbird: Fish sandwich fisticuffs

    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 >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Boca Chica celebrates 50 years with $1 tacos

    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 >>

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    February 14, 2014

    First look: La Fresca

    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 >>

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    January 23, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 58, Nico's Tacos' pozole

    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 >>

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    November 27, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 99, 7th Street Social's fries with cheese curds and pot roast gravy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Homemade cheese linked to Salmonella outbreak in Minneapolis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Crooked Pint coming to Uptown; Tacos, Nachos, and Beer now open

    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 >>

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    April 2, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Midori's Floating World re-opens, Tin Fish gets a truck

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Red Cow now open near 50th and France: Here's a first look inside

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Tacos, Nachos, and Beer coming soon to downtown St. Paul

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Bullfrog Cajun Bar is now the newest Bulldog outpost

    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 >>

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    September 19, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    Muddy Waters' new bar and happy hour are an Uptown classic

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    May 23, 2012

    Mona takes a chance on downtown Minneapolis

    Chef Lisa Hanson hopes her creative small plates will draw diners

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    April 30, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo, Great Waters cask dinner kick off May this Week in Food

    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!

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    The Chef Driven Co. invites you to Get Sauced

    ​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 >>

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    March 7, 2012
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    January 13, 2012

    Tilia slings tasty eats for $12 or less

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Have Fundido at Rosa Mexicano's happy hour of the week

    ​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 >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Chef's Abode cooking class teaches simple flatbreads and squash soup Monday

    ​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.

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    November 7, 2011

    Catalina's Restaurant in St. Anthony: a first look

    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 >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Rosa Mexicano: Now Open in downtown Minneapolis

    Upscale Mexican food comes to City Center​Upscale 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 >>

  • Restaurants

    September 7, 2011

    Eric "Big E" Austin is one mean chef

    Storied local soul-food legend has a long rap sheet

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    July 18, 2011

    Republic's cheap, simple and good happy hour of the week

    New happy hour, same moose head​Republic221 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 >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Republic now open at Seven Corners: a first look

    Mo PerryGoodbye Preston's, hello Republic​Gone 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 >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Vincent - A classy happy hour of the week

    Even the sign is beautiful​Vincent - 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 >>

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    February 16, 2011

    RIP Favor cafe, "Brasa Viva Brazil" coming soon

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    July 7, 2010

    Forum is reborn in stunning art deco space

    Contemporary Americana spot finally situated after many incarnations

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Pepito's margarita

    If you're not reading this from a Cancun beach chair, it's time for one of Pepito's margaritas.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Five Questions for... The Dairy Queen

    An interview with The Dairy Queen, a legendary local chowhound ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 8, 2008

    Forepaugh's gets tres sexy menu makeover

    The grande dame of French dining in St. Paul gives its fabulous fare a new look

  • Restaurants

    August 20, 2008

    Big E is Back

    The popular soul food chef's new venture brings New Orleans to South St. Paul

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Notes from an Underground Restaurant

    A brief look at an off-the-grid Mexican eatery that exists, sporadically, in a South Minneapolitan home dining room.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    Off the Menu: Noah Barton's Chilaquiles

    Noah Barton of Chino Latino shares the most delicious hangover cure this side of Eggs Benedict.

  • Restaurants

    September 5, 2007

    Meal of Fortune

    New Nuevo Latino Restaurant Café Ena Is Occasionally Delightful, Occasionally Sloppy—So Ask Yourself, Do You Feel Lucky?

  • Restaurants

    December 6, 2006

    Fast, Cheap, Great

    Is there anyplace to get a great, cheap meal in this town anymore? Boy howdy, is there—here are six

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    July 7, 2004

    The Late Late Show

    Every meal's a winner: An Emburger-free list of after-hours alternatives

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    September 24, 2003

    Wings of Desire

    Twin Cities' chicken-wing champ Nardie's crosses the river

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    May 28, 2003
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    March 21, 2001
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    June 17, 1998

    Me Gusta, No Me Gusta, Me Gusta...

    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.

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