North-American Food and Cooking

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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 25, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: No. 35, Las Teresitas's chorizo taco

    Las Teresitas has been covered extensively, but the attention is warranted and the awards earned. The south Minneapolis restaurant makes a wide variety of traditional Mexican dishes, and today, it's the simple chorizo taco that gets the attention. See also: Best Mexican Restaurant Minneapolis 2013 ... 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 >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Hilda's vs. La Loma: Chilaquiles cook-off

    Not too long ago, Mexican food in the Twin Cities was inedible. Dig if you will the picture of those awful Purple Rain-era nachos: heaping mounds of stale tortilla-chip shards and detritus covered with mild Pace Picante sauce, fortified with browned hamburger and topped off with sour cream, grated o ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Sandcastle remakes the concept of lakeside concessions

    Lake Nokomis stand offers fancy food at the beach

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    August 14, 2013
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    June 27, 2013

    Sandcastle is now open

    The hot summer sun soaking into our pale skin is nudging us towards the beach. What better way could there be to spend the day on the beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Doug Flicker? Today, Sandcastle is open for business.  See also: Bread & Pickle's battle for beer

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 12, 2013
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    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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    October 15, 2012

    New Bohemia Wurst and BierHaus opens Tuesday

    After just a few months of construction and remodeling at the old Panera Bread on East Hennepin, the space has been transformed into an entirely new type of eatery. New Bohemia Wurst and BierHaus, a European-style beer hall, opens at 4 on Tuesday evening.Here's more about the concept and specifics a ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Tiki Tim's food truck: A first look

    The newest truck to turn up in St. Paul is a smurf blue vintage Chevy camper, converted and festooned with a grinning Tiki god. Its food is "island inspired" and it's been trolling the streets for a couple of weeks. We stopped by for a first bite.

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    September 19, 2012
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    August 15, 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!

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    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 >>

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    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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    October 7, 2011

    Forepaugh's: Happy hour of the week

    ​Forepaugh's276 Exchange Street, St. Paul651.224.5606website Daily: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.Sunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  $3-$7 appetizer menu $3 tap beer $4 house wine $4 rail drinks $6 drink of the dayVenue: It wasn't like Forepaugh's wasn't charming enough. With rooms painted in jewel ... 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 >>

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    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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    June 1, 2011
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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

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    December 23, 2009

    Can Good Day Cafe also serve great food at night?

    Golden Valley eatery reputed for awesome breakfasts now serves dinner

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    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

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    September 5, 2007

    Meal of Fortune

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

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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.