The doors to Russell and Desta Klein's latest Soo Line venue opened last weekend just as the weather gave us all the first hint of a chill. They waited for the end of summer to introduce their wine bar, Foreign Legion, a warm space full of dark, sumptuous colors and decor that features cocktails and ... More >>
Cafe Zentral, located on the skyway level of 5th St. and Marquette in the Historic Soo Line Building, is the newest addition to the Zentral empire that's rapidly overtaking the block. After Labor Day, Foreign Legion, the company's upcoming wine bar, will join Cafe Zentral and Brasserie Zentral to fo ... More >>
Downtown Minneapolis will soon be home to a new concept from Russell and Desta Klein, the team behind Meritage in St. Paul. Inside the historic Soo Line building, the couple is working on a restaurant complex -- complete with a brasserie, skyway-level cafe, wine bar, and wine and cheese sh ... More >>
Oh, the weather outside. It's not yet frightful, but it's no longer completely delightful. But we hardy folk are not deterred by winter temps. We're smart enough to recognize that coziness is a limited-season indulgence too, one we prefer to partake in with fantastic food and boozy beverages. T ... More >>
Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient provided by Lunds. For more information on the event, ... More >>
At the first Oysterfest in 2011, attendees were either crammed into Meritage or part of the spillover crowd milling about on the sidewalk. Last year, the event was marred by long lines for everything. This year, Meritage's Oysterfest expanded its footprint, brought in a bunch more shuckers, and book ... More >>
Fried food and football go hand in hand. There is nothing like settling in for the big game with a big basket of crispy chicken goodness. We scoured the Twin Cities and decimated the local wet nap supply in search of the very best chicken wings around. You want spicy? We have one that will tear the ... More >>
They came, they saw, they slurped, and often, they stood in line. Meritage hosted its second-annual Oysterfest with sold-out crowds. The restaurant was all hands on deck, with everyone taking a shucking station, including chef-owner Russell Klein and the celebrity chefs who came to compete in the sh ... More >>
Hello, friends of Hot Dish! It has been yet another tasty week of Twin Cities food news. Let's recap a few of the week's top stories. ~We paid a visit to Northeast's Rusty Taco and taste-tested a multitude of tacos. We have a slideshow and review to prove it.~With Oysterfest just arou ... More >>
Expect to see the streets of St. Paul paved deep with oyster shells on Sunday, September 30, the date of the second-annual OysterFest, Meritage's bivalve bacchanal. Amid the planning for celebrity shuck-offs and dancing in the street, Russell Klein, chef and co-proprietor of Meritage, took time rec ... More >>
Last year it was a day of beer, wine, sunshine, hundreds of bivalves, and one epic oyster-shucking contest. The bar has been set high, but this year's Oysterfest is sure to be a good time for anyone who loves those briny, fresh, sloppy kisses from the ocean. This year is gearing up to be bigger, bol ... More >>
Meritage is beefing up its bivalve bash. This week, the French Brasserie and Oyster Bar kicked off an art contest to accompany its second annual oyster-o-rama. Between now and May 1, artists are invited to submit original works for Oysterfest 2012. The winning design will be used online, printed ... More >>
Chef Josh Brown has been working in the kitchens of the D'Amico company for almost all of his culinary career. In the kitchen at Gather in the Walker, he's stepping out from behind the burners for the first time and garnering critical acclaim as he does so. Yesterday we chatted with him abo ... More >>
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Go big or go home. When Russell Klein does something, he does it the right way. Exhibit A: the oyster bar. In late 2010, Klein--along with his co-owner and wife, Dest ... More >>
Chef Russell Klein is hitting the refresh button on brunch just in time for 2012. With classic favorites and a few surprises, the revamped menu will be on full display at Meritage's New Year's Day Brunch--complete with2-for-1 drink specials to cure any excess Auld Lang Syne-ing.
MeritageUncap the tureen to taste Meritage's Harvest Pumpkin Soup Back for it's seasonal performance, Meritage's Harvest Pumpkin Soup is a bowlful of flavor. And gingerbread croutons. And spiced creme fraiche. It's hearty, rich, and interesting, and ladled into a slightly ironic yet charming pu ... More >>
An unseasonably warm Sunday afternoon welcomed attendees to the first ever Oysterfest at Meritage restaurant in downtown St. Paul. Saint Peter Street in front of the restaurant was closed in honor of the occasion. Inside they moved out the usual bistro tables and chairs and set up shucking statio ... More >>
By the low, blue light reflected from the Discovery Bay exhibit, Fish Smart, the Minnesota Zoo's sustainable seafood effort, will host its first major event: Fish Bites. Hosted by Sue Zelickson on Thursday, October 13, local celebrity chefs like Stewart Woodman of Heidi's, Russell Klein of Merita ... More >>
Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidA full-day fest at Meritage's Oyster Bar. Tickets go on sale today for Meritage's first annual Oysterfest, a daylong celebration of the shuckable beasts to take place on Sunday, October 9. If you can't tell a Kusshi from a Kumomoto, this is your chance to taste various East an ... More >>
Drink Finnegans, win U2 tickets, feel good about yourselfWill eating Minnesota-made ramen help Japan? What does beer brewed via wind power taste like? Will I be attending the U2 concert for free? All of these pressing questions can be answered by delving into this week in food; after all, tha ... More >>
Who makes the Twin Cities Top Ramen?It's never too hot to eat ramen, especially if the soup has been made by a chef vs. ripped out of a plastic package and warmed up in the microwave. So get to the Twin Cities first ever ramen-off on Thursday, July 21 at Create Catering Dining Studio. Vario ... More >>
Lars LeetaruLocal restaurateurs switch to an Open Table alternative. A recent Dish column looked into online reservations' impact on Twin Cities restaurants. While many restaurants, especially those that are new, off the beaten path, or have many seats to fill, are benefiting from using the ... More >>
The skies might not be friendlier, but things on the ground are tastierWhat began with Ike's and Surdyk's has expanded into a dramatically upgraded foodie experience at MSP International, with new restaurants from a veritable who's who of local star chefs popping up on Concourse G at the Lindberg ... More >>
How much does booking online cost restaurants? You'd be surprised.
Grilltastic. Hustle chubs--summer is fast coming to a close. Get the last taste of summer's splendor and spend one last night at the Walker's Open Field. Sip on martinis, enjoy free cake, and learn about the land speed velocity of your average kite flyer this Week in Food. Monday 8/30 Get it ... More >>
Having recently returned from a trip to Paris, the Kleins are serving a "Tour" of regional menus.If you're wondering what to to with your newly free schedule after the World Cup watching dries up, check out Meritage's lineup of Tour de France-themed dinners, designed to "tour" the food and wi ... More >>
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