Restaurant Reviews

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    November 17, 2014

    Twin Cities Wine Guru, Bill Summerville, on His Collection for Spoon and Stable

    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 >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Nighthawks/Birdie Shooting for February/March Opening

    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 >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Joan Schmitt and Susan Dunlop of Joan's in the Park talk Open Table awards and steak

    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 >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Pearl will not take over chef Don Saunders's In Season location

    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

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    March 25, 2013

    Top 5 places to eat on the Mississippi: A dining guide for river rats

    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 >>

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    February 28, 2013

    La Belle Vie turns 15: An interview with Tim McKee

    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 >>

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    February 6, 2013

    My Thrifty Valentine

    Seven suggestions for a romantic date night in the Twin Cities under $50

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    September 26, 2012

    La Belle Vie is undergoing some changes

    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 >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Sea Change expands lunch menu

    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 >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Day specials: 5 neighborhood restaurants for romance

    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 >>

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    December 29, 2010
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    December 28, 2010

    New Year's Eve dining

    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 >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Odell Brewing tasting dinner tonight at The Happy Gnome

    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 >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Cafe Maude's Burke Forster: Chef Chat

    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 >>

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    June 17, 2010

    The Depot at First Avenue: the slideshow

    ​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 >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Time to start making Valentine's Day plans...

    Okay, people, get your dialing fingers ready: It's time to make your Feb 14 reservation.

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    October 22, 2009

    Zagat releases 2010 survey results

    Zagat's 2010 America's Top Restaurants Survey sorta tells us what we already know.

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    October 14, 2009

    D'Amico Kitchen follows up legendary era with chic Italian

    Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is replaced at the Chambers—now what?

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2009

    Online Beer Sommelier

    Not sure what brew to serve with burritos? is here to help.

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    April 22, 2009
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    August 27, 2008

    Dining with RNC delegates

    "Mr. Speaker, the great state of Texas wants to know, where's a good place to eat around here?"

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    January 30, 2008


    Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake

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    January 23, 2008

    Small But Mighty

    It has only 40 seats, but Heidi's is interesting enough for a lifetime

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    November 21, 2007

    Complicated Dining

    Saffron, the most buzzed-about Middle Eastern restaurant in the history of Minnesota, offers unique pleasures if you know how to order

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    November 7, 2007

    Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

    Acclaimed local chef Doug Flicker has finally rolled out his own menus at Mission American Kitchen

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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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    August 22, 2007

    Safe and Sound

    Summer Road Work? Rotting Bridges? Maybe It's Time to Eat Closer to Home. Maybe a Place Like Café Levain.

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    May 16, 2007

    List of Plenty

    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

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    February 28, 2007

    Light a Candle

    Temple, Minneapolis's newest high-style fine-dining restaurant, is sexy to the max

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    October 18, 2006

    Weirded Out by Wine

    Is ordering wine in restaurants making you crazy? Dear Dara prescribes anti-psychotics.

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    June 14, 2006

    River City Rebirth

    Minneapolis's restaurant scene is reborn—again!—This time with big money and farm-positive ideals.

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    March 22, 2006

    Have It All, Eat It Too

    La Belle Vie is back: Momentous, stately, and the best restaurant in the history of Minneapolis

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    December 14, 2005

    Singular Five

    Stewart Woodman's long-awaited solo venture is stylish, costly, and absolutely unique

  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Elsewhere in Europe

    Want to taste your way through another country? Local restaurants are a good first stop

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    July 20, 2005

    Talk Of The Town

    A trifecta of impending restaurant openings, and one departure

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    January 12, 2005

    The Best Restaurants of 2004

    Sweet compliments all around, except for one big spoonful of medicine to make the sugar go down

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    October 13, 2004

    Really Fine Dining

    St. Paul's newest fine dining restaurant, a rebours, blends the art of bakery on Grand with a finesse all its own

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    September 1, 2004

    Fine Dining, with Hash Browns

    A new south Minneapolis Café redefines neighborhood dining

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    June 23, 2004

    Mission: Accomplished

    Mission American Kitchen gives the people what they want, from upscale potato chips to ribs and root beer floats

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    October 22, 2003

    The Wide Whirl of Wine

    Dear Dara explains why you can't always get what you want

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    June 25, 2003

    Lyn-Lake Conquers the World

    A long-awaited mom-and-pop shop redefines Minnesota highbrow

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    March 26, 2003
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    February 5, 2003
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    May 8, 2002

    Testing the Waters

    Two splashy restaurants revisited

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    April 24, 2002

    Sitting Pretty

    Bobino impresses most of the people most of the time

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    April 17, 2002
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    March 6, 2002

    What's Good for the Goose

    Tasting menus near and far, or what I did on my Winter vacation

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    December 5, 2001

    Tempest in a Bottle

    Why Aren't More Wine Lovers Brown-Bagging It?

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    November 7, 2001

    The Unadorned Truth

    A Restaurant and Wine Critic Debunks Her Own Mystique

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    August 1, 2001

    Details, Details

    What the Tuscan kitchen at Arezzo really specializes in is botching the details

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