NBC News broke the news yesterday of a 33-year-old American who grew up in Minnesota and died over the weekend fighting with ISIS in Syria. Citing White House officials and the Free Syrian Army, journalists identified the man as Douglas McAuthur McCain -- one of only a "small handful" of "foreign ji ... More >>
The bad news is that Travail Kitchen and Amusements is taking a summer break from June 29 through July 17. The good news is that they'll go out with a bang, throwing their all-afternoon Prevailed Party! on June 29, featuring eats, drinks, bands, and lawn games at Lakeview Terrace Park in Robbinsdale ... More >>
If the owners of Travail could play hooky from one duty around their kitchen it would be the caster work (that's the long and difficult job of cleaning up the wheels and bases of all of the kitchen equipment). But, it's not likely Mike Brown and James Winberg will be skipping shifts anytime soon. Th ... More >>
The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again
On Monday Slate published an interactive graphic called the "United Steaks of America", a sort of meat heatmap, a meatmap if you will, of all the 50 states and their respective official meats. It's not a very scientific group of findings. They basically picked the meat or dish or novelty protei ... More >>
The D.C.-based American Humanist Association is threatening to sue Robbinsdale Area Schools and the district's engineering and arts magnet school over field trips students have taken to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley the last two academic years.SEE ALSO: Hudson school apologizes for ma ... More >>
New eateries in the Twin Cities emerge with a change of seasons
Late Saturday night, the father of a 13-year-old boy walked into his Winona home and witnessed a shocking scene.SEE ALSO: Robbinsdale Cooper hall monitor busted having sex with student when her dad walked inAccording to police, he saw a middle-aged woman, naked from the waist down, running from his ... More >>
Let's just get right to it, shall we? As this is the first weekend of the State Fair, there's really no other sensible place to do some outdoor beer drinking. But once inside the gates, it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices so here are a few of our favorite spots with beer gardens and a sampling ... More >>
At the old Travail location, pork isn't the other white meat -- it's the only meat
Tajreed Rich, a 41-year-old hall monitor, member of the football coaching staff, and student counselor at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, faces a third-degree sexual assault charge after he was busted having sex with a 17-year-old student last Friday.According to the charging document, the victim's ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Plus: Unibrow bandit strikes with furrowed fierceness
A pickup truck goes the wrong way up an I-94 ramp and plows into a family's minivan.
Three men were shot in north Minneapolis Sunday evening, and one of them is in critical condition.
Readers respond to "Dosh's World"
Minnesotans in 99 school districts will vote Tuesday on $229 million dollars in school levy money. In one district, Paul Dorr, a sort of mercenary who targets small-town school referendums, is working his mojo. Don't miss the City Pages profile of the aggressive and quite strange Paul Dorr.
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The Robbinsdale Clinic tries to offer reproductive services, but its neighbor keeps getting in the way
Now you too can play at being Carrie Underwood (or Mikalah Gordon, or even just an anonymous drunk who can almost hit the high C on that new Mariah Carey song.) The Breakaway in Robbinsdale is fast gaining a rep in the northwest suburbs (or as we tragically unhip denizens affectionately call the are ... More >>
Sweatin' to the local oldies with our favorite reissues
Your faithful scribe pursues ghost-of-Christmas-present Paul Magers
Local director-entrepreneur Dean Hyers takes aim with Bill's Gun Shop
Neighbors say Pawn America will bring nothing but trouble. Strapped customers say it's their last resort. The City of Minneapolis just says no.
Even though Sullivan's New Market on West Broadway in North Minneapolis is the only grocer in the immediate area, its parking lot fills up only a couple of times a month. Aghast at what they see as Sullivan's poor customer service and substandard merchand