After remarkably short time away from the scene, the creative crew of cooks behind the nationally lauded Travail Kitchen and Amusements have announced that they're about to unleash Phase One of their ambitious expansion upon the world.
Travail Kitchen and Amusements, otherwise known as Robbinsdale's crown gastronomic jewel, announced it will be closing on April 6, to the shock and dismay of many a local foodie. But don't get too down in the dumps. Travail's owners have plans to re-invent the restaurant as a two-parter (which will ... More >>
Another fine week of food and drink news has flown by as quickly as a summer day. Here's a few recent stories we wouldn't want you to miss.~ We take a whirlwind tour of the MN State Fair food stands and share our adventures in this story, as well as a delicious slideshow.~Also reporti ... More >>
See also: Birdtown Cafe: The slideshow tour The Birdtown Café in Robbinsdale may only be a couple of months old, but co-owner Brad Eagles is no newcomer to the business. In fact, you can say it is in his blood.Eagles has worked for a quarter century at nearby Broadway Pizza, which is owned by his ... More >>
This morning, Ninzel Banks became the second north Minneapolis toddler killed by a stray bullet in the last six months.Banks, 5, was hit about 8:35 a.m. while sleeping on a couch in a home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue North.Relative Robert Tolliver is staying at the house. Tolliver told the St ... More >>
Robbinsdale's cherished Italian hot spot Nonna Rosa's pulls in many a weary Minneapolitan who longs for good, old-fashioned food. You know--the kind that doesn't feel the need to be stacked like a game of Jenga to impress you. Husband and wife team chef Francesco and Tina Suglia run a tight, happy l ... More >>
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor plume of weapons-grade anthrax stays these couriers come May 6. That Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health will launch a dry run of an anthrax attack response using postal workers and law enforcement escorts. It's a strategy that's been studied nationally since 200 ... More >>
Even those who have lived in New Orleans for decades, where fried chicken is an art form, might find themselves losing years of their lives trying to prepare the dish at home, always feeling some sort of disappointment at the results. It's not always easy to pinpoint what is wrong. Was the batter ... More >>
Help me, Snowbi-Wan Kesnowbi. You're my only snowpe.Mike Nelson, a commercial and film director, was shoveling the walk of his Robbinsdale home after the snowstorm that popped the Metrodome, when his wife asked him to take some photos. He shot some stills with his digital camera before he ma ... More >>
Fur coat? Check. Fedora? Check. Cane? Check? But we have no idea what this pimp was doing walking down the road in Robbinsdale with a rollerbag this past weekend. And nobody, according to our source for the photo, appeared to give much of a damn. So roll on, brother.
Nick VlcekSzechuan at Tian Jin: Worth a trip to the suburbs.This week's Dish features Travail Kitchen and Amusements, whose unique, gourmet gastropub fare makes it worth the drive to Robbinsdale from elsewhere in the metro. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, here are four more foodstuf ... More >>
Emily UtneGet the dessert tasting.Here's a quick recap of this week's Dish column on Travail Kitchen and Amusements with the essentials of what you need to know when you go to the new Robbinsdale restaurant: Who should go: Anybody who's short on cash but looking for gourmet grub in a relaxed ... More >>
Taste a balloon made of mozzarella, or house-made tofu
Four TC restaurants made the Fit for Foodies list. I'm often disappointed when national magazines and whatnot make their picks for the best this-and-that in various cities across the country without doing very thorough--if any--on-the-ground research. But I recently found myself impressed b ... More >>
Aaron Johnson, right, of the Strip Club is launching a new suburban pub! On the heels of great gastropup fare coming to the suburbs in the form of Robbinsdale's new Travail Kitchen & Amusements, Eden Prairie will be graced with a similarly casually ambitious venture from Aaron Johnson, a part ... More >>
Fancy-pants food, chill atmosphere.Chefs whirl around in a food prep hurricane the afternoon we visit Travail Kitchen and Amusements, now open in Robbinsdale. With choice seasonal delights and a 20-item menu that changes daily, this is small-plate heaven. The food presentations are beautiful ... More >>
butter headTwo words: State Fair. Mini donuts, animals giving birth, WCCO live, free yardsticks, all the milk you can drink. While you think about what you are going to eat first, let us remind you of all the great food stories that were told. Here are a few of this week's highlights.~Giant soft ... More >>
Travail is the best thing to happen to Robbinsdale dining yet.Mike Brown and James Winberg made a name for themselves with their tasty, playful pub fare at the North Side's Victory 44 and then decamped for the suburbs. Their new venue, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, in the site of the form ... More >>
Photo courtesy of band's MySpace page.I've got this friend who's pissed at me. Over some grave misstep on my part? Sure, I suppose you could say that. I said I'd go sing karaoke with her this week, but then didn't show. Terrible, I know. How do I make her forget what a terrible friend I am? ... More >>
Robbinsdale's best-known restaurant, Thistles, closed on New Year's Eve 2009. Very soon, the owners promise, an authentic Italian restaurant, Nonna Rosa's, will take its place at 4148 West Broadway. Nonna Rosa's is named after chef and co-owner Francesco Suglia's mother, Rosa, and he'll be ru ... More >>
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department has released the name of a man suspected of firing shots on officers outside his house earlier today.Sahar Sandar Nikpay, 26, was inside his Robbinsdale home this morning when police arrived with a narcotic search warrant. Nikpay allegedly opened fire on t ... More >>
Photo: minnemomIn 1920, streetcar ridership in the Twin Cities was 238 million. Today, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Como‑Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line are all that remain of the once mighty system. And Friday, the Minneapolis City Council may have made another mode ... More >>
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