Smoked butt. The term conjures images too graphic to display on this blog -- as if food photography weren't pornographic enough -- but there was a time and a place when WCCO's Jason DeRusha couldn't get enough of it. Actually, it's a cheap, dry piece of pork shoulder that DeRusha's well-meaning mot ... More >>
The Shops at the West End are cashing in on the beer boom in a big way. Joining Cooper Irish Pub, Figlio 2.0, and who could forget, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (and Grill? Maybe Toby is just lukewarm on the grill part), is a new outpost of a California-based bar chain called Yard House.See Also:Lit ... More >>
When a working-class woman meets a trophy wife whose marriage is crumbling, the results are both funny and heartbreaking
Marilyn Hagerty, the Grand Forks Herald restaurant reviewer whose writeup of a local Olive Garden went viral last spring, won the prestigious Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media for lifetime achievement last week."It was just overwhelming because other winners of the award were Walter ... More >>
See also: Olive Garden review: the greatest restaurant review ever written The Grand Forks Herald restaurant writer whose homey review of a new Olive Garden created a weeks-long internet sensation will receive a prestigious national journalism award that has previously gone to such luminaries as Wa ... More >>
After a great run writing reviews for City Pages, I will probably need to tender a letter of resignation because Marilyn Hagerty, Eatbeat columnist for Grand Forks Herald, just won restaurant reviewing. Forever.Today's column, which she has been writing for years, titled "Long-awaited Olive Garde ... More >>
Everybody online today is enjoying the recent publication of The Greatest Restaurant Review Ever Written, a piece entitled "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" by Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.There are so many evocative parts of the review: The "two long, warm breadstick ... More >>
We all know the feeling. We're stumbling down the sidewalk, our heads swimming with the effects of Irish Car Bombs and whatever that shot that tasted like a Butterfinger was called, and as we wobble and sway, we think: I could really go for a pizza right now--I mean I can't possibly w ... More >>
What's in your bottle?The three B's that characterize this week at the Hot Dish Blog are not what you would expect. We're talking babies, booze and a boulder as we wrap up a week rife with alcohol news and one wily and destructive boulder. Here's a list of the B-posts:How to get Jim Beam's great- ... More >>
Owner and General Manager Ramon Ruiz is testing the adage "third time's a charm" with his new Eagan eatery, Andiamo. After two other Italian restaurants have tried and failed in the same location, the odds would seem to be stacked against this most recent tenant in the corner space of this ... More >>
Popular restaurateur boldly closes Azia to embark on new challenge
Kentucky Fried...what now?We've all heard them. Those urban legends that snake their way across the world, lodging in your horrified imagination via your co-worker whose sister knows a guy who swears that this happened to his girlfriend's cousin last week. And now, suddenly, true ... More >>
In honor of Thom Pham's announcement that he'll be opening a new restaurant, Wanderers, at 555 Hennepin Ave.--a space notorious for its quick turnover of restaurant operators--Hot Dish decided to take a look at the Top 5 Jinxed Restaurant Locations. Will Thom Pham have better luck in this downtow ... More >>
Will Thom Pham succeed where others have failed? (Photo by erin.kkr)Thom Pham unveiled his new downtown Minneapolis restaurant venture today, called Wanderers Wondrous Azian Kitchen, at 555 Hennepin Avenue. At the same time, he said his Eat Street restaurant Azia will "probably" close in the near ... More >>
Another one bites the dust at 533 Hennepin...
Isaac Becker brings new pasta bar to North Loop
Musashi sushi is now known as Zake--though not much else seems to have changed. Will 533 Hennepin's curse ever break?
Eagan restaurant completes triad of Italian spots owned by Frank Marchionda
Three new west metro restaurants help diners break away from the national chains
For freegans, dinner is served à la Dumpster
Anthony Bourdain's newest, The Nasty Bits, is perfect summer reading: Riveting to pick up, easy to put down
A reader worries that the sale of wine in grocery stores will kill funky Mom-'n'-Pop shops, but Dara disagrees
The food lives up to the surroundings at downtown Minneapolis's artful, sexy Cosmos
Well-reasoned rants on mayonnaise, plagiarism, and the hoped-for demise of the pretend seaside
A Restaurant and Wine Critic Debunks Her Own Mystique
The pump. The poop. The panic. A dispatch from the nursing wars.
Perhaps it's best to say that Saji-Ya has entered a period of rest after its long spate of medal-winning in the early '90s.