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    July 30, 2014
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    May 29, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Gather announces next chefs-in-residence

    First Thursdays at the Walker Art Center are always an excellent excuse to soak in some stunning works of art and experience the culinary expertise of not one, but two talented chefs. Admission to the museum is free from 5 to 9 p.m. and Gather by D'Amico, that giant robot-head-looking restaurant a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Taste of the Nation HOTlist event fights childhood hunger

    Nothing tastes better than dining out for a good cause. On Monday, June 25, some of the biggest names in local fine dining and craft cocktails are putting on a gala to benefit Share Our Strength. Just a few of the marquee names participating in the Taste of the Nation HOTlist event are La Belle Vie, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Help! Dinner spot in the south metro?

    ​I am trying to find a restaurant in the southern suburbs for a meet-up and am having no luck. A former co-worker lives in Faribault and she's going to meet me for dinner, so I want to pick somewhere that won't require her to drive all the way into the Cities. I am thinking Lakeville/Apple Val ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    D'Amico "date night" a Sunday steal--or FREE if you win!

    Deals at D'Amico Kitchen. ​You've already made plans for Valentine's Day: Strong work! But how do you plan on stoking the fire beyond next week's steak-and-chocolate gorge fest? Check out the D'Amico restaurant group's plans for a new "date night" promotion that will run every Sunday evening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call, 2010

    The first new restaurant of 2011 opened January 1, a Fridley outpost of the Himalayan Restaurant.​When one restaurant closes...another two or three seem to immediately replace it. In 2010, we lost several eateries that we'll dearly miss, as well as a few we probably won't. Here's a rundown of ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Biggest Food Stories of 2010: a local take on the Atlantic list

    Bacon--pictured here, chicken fried--is as big as ever this year!​When The Atlantic published its list of the Top 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010, the Hot Dish couldn't help but chime in with our local take on each topic: 10. The Meat Trend From charcuterie plates to dry-aged steaks, both bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Best restaurant gift card deals

    Save big on holiday shopping with these restaurant gift cards.​The day after Halloween ended, holiday gift buying season began: Take down the cobwebs and pumpkins, put up the reindeer and wreaths. We here at the Hot Dish like to give restaurant gift cards, so we reviewed a bunch of the current ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Cossetta will change--and stay the same--in big St. Paul expansion

    Renovations will bring a pastry shop, gelateria, menu changes, and more to St. Paul's beloved market and pizzeria​St. Paul recently announced that one of its oldest and most storied restaurants, Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria, will receive $2 million in loans from the city for a renovation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Restaurant Week fast approaching

    Vincent A Restaurant is one of many local eateries participating in Restaurant Week​Restaurant Week had its humble beginnings in New York City in 1992, when Tim Zagat and Joe Baum created the four-day lunch-only event as a PR gesture in honor of the visiting Democratic National Convention. Ei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Bar La Grassa, Parma 8200 in a duel of Caprese salads

    Lisa GulyaCaprese salad at Bar La Grassa​If the end of tomato season has you waxing poetic before you concede to seasonality and switch to squash, this Food Fight is for you. We tested two upscale Caprese salads, at Parma 8200 in Bloomington and Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis, to find the best-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Inside Parma 8200: the tour

    ​If our recent review got you salivating for the food at Parma 8200,  now you can feast your eyes on their dining room. The space is tucked into a towering office complexes in Bloomington, a deceptively sleepy front for a restaurant that was bustling until closing time on a recent visit. ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 25, 2010

    Parma 8200 revives Bloomington's staid dining scene

    D'Amico-owned Italian makes strides with modern dishes

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Best new patios

    Michelle LeonUptown Cafeteria's new Skybar is king!​We all have our favorite standbys for outdoor drinking and dining--W.A. Frost's lush garden patio, the busy sidewalk seats at French Meadow, or the Dennis Rodman-drawing roofdeck at Stella's. But have you checked out the breezy surrounds at t ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 4, 2010

    The art of the menu and ordering good food

    Tips on making a great menu and avoiding buyer's remorse

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon July '10

    ​ OPEN FACES, St. Paul (David Fhima reboots LoTo) Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, Minneapolis I Love This Bar & Grill (Toby Keith's deal), St. Louis Park Depot at First Avenue, Minneapolis D'Amico's PARMA 8200, Bloomington Sauce Pizza & Wine, St. Louis Park Mango Tango, Brooklyn Center

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Parma 8200, the newest D'Amico restaurant opens

    rob barrett Shrimp, fregola, and corn salad​"What is fregola?" we ask our server. "I think it's cheese," she replies. "Cheese?" "Maybe it's lettuce," awkward silence. "Would you mind checking for us?" "Sure I'll be right back" Ah, the travails of opening a new restaurant. While D'Amico and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    D'Amico's Parma 8200--see the sneak-peak video

    Parma, meet Bloomington at D'Amico's newest eatery​ Gray skies have you hankering for chicken Parmesan or pasta carbonara? Parma 8200, D'Amico's newest venture, is having its soft opening tonight. We gave you a few details about the place earlier this week, but if you want a sneak peak at ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Parma 8200 from D'Amico: Coming Soon

    ​D'Amico and Partners plans to open its latest restaurant, Parma 8200, in the Normandale Lake Office Park (the 8200 building, across the street from Kincaids) in Bloomington on June 28th. We caught up with Richard D'Amico to learn more about what's in store at the classic Italian taverna.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon June '10

    ​ OPEN Haute Dish, Minneapolis Aster Cafe (under new management, Matty O'Reilly of 318 Cafe), Minneapolis Nonna Rosa's, Robbinsdale CLOSED Cooqi, Minneapolis Rizzo's (aka Il Vesco Vino), St. Paul Porky's Northeast, Minneapolis

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon May '10

    ​ OPEN Raku, Edina Amore Coffee West, St. Paul Darby O'Ragen's, Minneapolis (former J.J.'s Dry Dock) Caribe, St. Paul (transition from Jay's Cafe) Forum, Minneapolis (former Goodfellow's) Swirl Wine Bar, Afton (w/Afton House Inn) Ringo's, St. Louis Park Tavern Grill, Blaine Twisted Fork, St. P ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 4, 2009