Had a memorable meal in Minneapolis lately? Chances are good that Bill Summerville had something to do with the experience. After leaving his long-held post as managing director and sommelier at La Belle Vie this past spring, Summerville has been in project mode. He partnered with chef Erik Anders ... More >>
When we got chef Landon Schoenefeld on the phone the word of the day was "busy." In between madly testing recipes for the upcoming joint concept Nighthawks/Birdie, which is going into the old Shorty & Wag's space on Nicollet, he's grooming his staff at Haute Dish for his impending absence once the ... More >>
It's been nearly two years since we first visited Joan's in the Park, a charming neighborhood bistro in Highland Park run by two industry veterans, Joan Schmitt and Susan Dunlop, who have years of steakhouse experience between them. Together they took on the rather daunting task of creating a menu t ... More >>
Chef Don Saunders of The Kenwood just announced that his new concept restaurant slated to take over the old In Season location will no longer be moving forward. See also: In Season closing for the summer, will resurface this fall
Believe it or not, Twin Cities, spring is coming! And as it does, an increasing number of our citizens find themselves drawn to the riverfront to watch the progress. They want to see if the geese are back, if the ice is melting, and just how loud the falls are roaring. The only thing that makes spri ... More >>
The most lauded restaurant in Minnesota is turning 15 years old this year. In honor of the event, La Belle Vie's James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee is hosting a party on Sunday, March 24. A collection of chefs who have passed through the kitchen in both its current and the original Stillwater ... More >>
Seven suggestions for a romantic date night in the Twin Cities under $50
La Belle Vie, the stalwart of fine dining, the creme de la creme of the local restaurant universe (Best Service, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Martini to name a few accolades), and the first local restaurant to be recognized with a James Beard Award, will be undergoing some surprising changes. W ... More >>
Yael GrauerMoules Frites are a new addition to Sea Change's lunch menu.Sea Change made some additions to its lunch menu recently, and we headed over to take a look. The changes add a bit of variety to a previously sparse lunch menu and provide more options to those looking for a more relaxed, si ... More >>
Share the love with your Valentine this year.With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the stress of trying to impress your one-and-only may be making you wish for Cupid to hit the road this year. But don't fret. The calendar has done you a favor this year: With Valentine's Day falling on M ... More >>
Piccolo, Travail, and more
Where will you ring in the New Year? Made your New Year's Eve plans yet, or are you procrastinating? If you caught yesterday's Week in Food post, you already heard about a couple of options: Tour de Farm hosts its final meal of 2010 in a heated, hundred-year-old barn at Star Thrower Farm in G ... More >>
Pioneers in craft brewing.Tonight, The Happy Gnome welcomes Doug Odell, from Odell Brewery in Fort Collins, Co., who will be on hand to answer questions, and try a choice new brew-- 420 IPA --made with the help of Minnesota distributors, and named for the 400 pounds of malt and 20 pounds of ... More >>
courtesy of Burke Forster Cooking to the Reggae beat.Burke Forster, head chef at Cafe Maude, has a culinary history rooted in a legendary Minneapolis brunch spot, "My first job was at Poulet on 26th and Lyndale [the space that is now Common Roots], my aunt owned the restaurant, and I was a ... More >>
Haven't had a chance to pop into the long-awaited new restaurant? No worries, as we take you by the hand and lead you through the Depot, First Avenue's new restaurant and bar. With an open, airy feel, the Depot offers a swell microbrew selection and tasty sandwiches and salads. An ideal spot to h ... More >>
Okay, people, get your dialing fingers ready: It's time to make your Feb 14 reservation.
Zagat's 2010 America's Top Restaurants Survey sorta tells us what we already know.
Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is replaced at the Chambers—now what?
Not sure what brew to serve with burritos? GreatBrewers.com is here to help.
Gluttony at its best
"Mr. Speaker, the great state of Texas wants to know, where's a good place to eat around here?"
Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake
It has only 40 seats, but Heidi's is interesting enough for a lifetime
Saffron, the most buzzed-about Middle Eastern restaurant in the history of Minnesota, offers unique pleasures if you know how to order
Acclaimed local chef Doug Flicker has finally rolled out his own menus at Mission American Kitchen
New Nuevo Latino Restaurant Café Ena Is Occasionally Delightful, Occasionally SloppySo Ask Yourself, Do You Feel Lucky?
Summer Road Work? Rotting Bridges? Maybe It's Time to Eat Closer to Home. Maybe a Place Like Café Levain.
Café 44, the new restaurant attached to the France 44 Liquor Store, has the biggest, cheapest wine selection in the history of the Upper Midwest
Temple, Minneapolis's newest high-style fine-dining restaurant, is sexy to the max
Is ordering wine in restaurants making you crazy? Dear Dara prescribes anti-psychotics.
Minneapolis's restaurant scene is reborn—again!—This time with big money and farm-positive ideals.
La Belle Vie is back: Momentous, stately, and the best restaurant in the history of Minneapolis
Stewart Woodman's long-awaited solo venture is stylish, costly, and absolutely unique
Want to taste your way through another country? Local restaurants are a good first stop
A trifecta of impending restaurant openings, and one departure
Sweet compliments all around, except for one big spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down
St. Paul's newest fine dining restaurant, a rebours, blends the art of bakery on Grand with a finesse all its own
A new south Minneapolis Café redefines neighborhood dining
Mission American Kitchen gives the people what they want, from upscale potato chips to ribs and root beer floats
Dear Dara explains why you can't always get what you want
A long-awaited mom-and-pop shop redefines Minnesota highbrow
Two splashy restaurants revisited
Bobino impresses most of the people most of the time
Tasting menus near and far, or what I did on my Winter vacation
Why Aren't More Wine Lovers Brown-Bagging It?
A Restaurant and Wine Critic Debunks Her Own Mystique
What the Tuscan kitchen at Arezzo really specializes in is botching the details