Shawn Smalley

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    La Belle Vie throws fabulous birthday fête

    La Belle Vie, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Minnesota fine-dining threw itself a birthday party to celebrate its 15 years, inviting the well-to-do to mix with the well-known chefs both present and past who have contributed to the success of this storied restaurant.  The Hot Dish was luck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Top 10 chicken wings in the Twin Cities

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Jim Christiansen of Union: Chef Chat, part 1

    We almost lost him. A local boy, born and raised, chef Jim Christiansen garnered great reviews as a chef and a member of Tim McKee's team. However, when Il Gatto, where he was chef, went under, he followed a former coworker to work for a while in Denmark, at the famed Noma.  Hungry diners need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Top 15 places to eat with kids in the Twin Cities

    For parents who love good food, finding a restaurant that they and their kids will enjoy is like finding gold. The criteria can be formidable: The atmosphere should be fairly casual and noise-tolerant, so kids and adults can relax; the menu should offer simple and familiar food for kids but sophis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque on 'funniest episode ever' of 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'

    Last December, the temperamental host of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, and his crew rolled through Minnesota filming new episodes of their show. One of their stops was Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in Stillwater. That episode will be airing for the first ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Top 10 macaroni & cheese dishes in the Twin Cities

    ​If ever there was a loaded dish, it is this. A dish full of fat, cream, cheese, and nostalgia, and so hearty it can redeem the saddest, most downtrodden day. When eaters speak of comfort food, so often they speak of macaroni and cheese.  After scouring the Twin Cities for the dishes, armed w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque: Happy hour of the week

    True. Time flies when you're having rum.​Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque423 Main Street, Stillwater651.439.5375websiteHours: Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 p.m.-midnightFriday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnightSunday, all daySpecials: $4-$13 food menu50-cent wings$3 domestic bo ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 23, 2008

    Smalley's Jamaican Barbeque: Jerked around

    A trip is sometimes like finding buried treasure, and sometimes like walking the plank