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    July 30, 2014

    Where to dine, drink, and snack along the Green Line

    Our zone-by-zone best restaurant bets from Minneapolis to St. Paul

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    May 29, 2014

    Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

    Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Grand Szechuan's Chengdu dumplings: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 15

    The problem with strip malls is that they all look the same - which might also be what makes them so appealing. It's impossible to judge the book by the familiar cover, so you've got to go inside where there might be a food find or a dinner disaster.  Inside one particular strip in Bloomington, ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Top 10 Middle Eastern restaurants in the Twin Cities

    Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middle Eastern restaurants here in the Twin Cities worth seeking out when those kabob cravings strike. He ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Harriet Brasserie: A first look

    The Linden Hills neighborhood is getting another  fantastic neighborhood cafe that utilizes some of the quirky, beautiful architecture and fresh, local food. The new Harriet Brassiere specializes in breakfast and opened recently in the former Cafe Twenty Eight space. We stopped by to check out ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Hell's Kitchen introduces Craft Cocktail Wednesdays

    If you're looking for a new way to get over the midweek hump, Hell's Kitchen has recently created a new option. Hopping on the same bandwagon as other major Twin Cities restaurants, Hell's Kitchen is invading the craft cocktail scene: From 9 p.m. until close every Wednesday night, you can head down ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    La Loma's puerco tamale: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 10

    The lure of the puerco​Some dishes are precious, requiring a dedicated diner to make deep forays into their wallet, the world of impossible-to-get reservations, and hoity-toity food circles. La Loma's puerco tamale is just the opposite, which is part of the reason we consider it like an old friend ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Trung Nam coconut croissant: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15

    Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.​Plain croissants are an indulgence that's fairly straightforward in nature: layers of whisper-thin pastry with a buttery buffering between. Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coco ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Loring Kitchen & Bar's zucchini fries: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 14

    Veggies fryer = deliciousness​You've just completed a seriously competitive shuffleboard session, or perhaps you've been taking in the spring plumage of those imposing and numerous geese. Or did you ride your bike across the Irene Hixon Whitney bridge, or hike into the wilds of downtown to get y ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    The Triple Rock's mother biker: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 12

    Debbie TallenNo animals were harmed in the making of this hangover cure​The Triple Rock Social Club may not be the most intuitive place to find one of our 100 favorite dishes of the year. More bar than restaurant, and more punk music club than anything else, it's not the kind of place you br ... More >>

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    April 17, 2011

    Zumbro Cafe's Chicken Wild Rice Hash: 100 Favorite Dishes, no. 17

    A healthier hash!​Normally we like to go to Zumbro Cafe in Linden Hills for breakfast and fuel up for a walk around Lake Harriet with eggs Benedict or flapjacks. But when all those carbs and cholesterol feel like too much, we turn to the chicken wild rice hash.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    The Good Day Cafe's glazed doughnut pancakes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 20

    Anne Rucker Craving pancakes AND doughnuts? Now you can have both!​What could be better than two decadent, sweet and delicious breakfast staples rolled into one dish?  With the glazed doughnut pancakes at the Good Day Cafe you get the best of both breakfast treats.  Hearty-yet-l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Rinata's eggplant involtini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 24

    Mo PerryA delicate amuse-bouche​Rinata's eggplant involtini with goat cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and tomato sugo is perhaps the perfect appetizer. Light, delicate, and intensely flavorful, this is no heaping plate of deep-fried calamari or platter of bruschetta dense enough to render the bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Smack Shack's lobster roll: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 25

    Emily UtneIt's finally food truck season!​Early this week, we're told, Smack Shack should be rolling its big white truck into its downtown Minneapolis parking spot at First Avenue and Fourth Street North to kick off its outdoor season. (Don't worry, Northeasters, it'll still be at the 1029 Bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    The Happy Gnome's MN game burger: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 27

    Mo PerryEating locally sourced food never tasted so indulgent​Eating locally sourced food has been all the rage for quite some time now, but maybe you've eschewed the whole idea, thinking it meant stuffy, sparse plates of morally superior greens sprinkled with a few smug flax seeds. Allow me ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Meritage's pommes frites: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 33

    Joy SummersHold the ketchup, pass the Bearnaise ​Everything tastes better in French. Admit it. Would you rather eat mayo or aioli? A loaf of bread or a baguette? Velveeta or a little fromage? French fries or pommes frites? I rest my case. For French cuisine in the Twin Cities, it's hard to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Sunny Side Up Cafe's Santa Fe Railroad French Toast: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 40

    Sara RiceSunny Side Up Cafe knows the way to Santa Fe... French toast, anyway​After a night out in Uptown, it's important to have your recovery plan in place before hitting the sack for the night so you know where to stumble to when the sun rouses you. There's no shortage of breakfast joints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Dancing Ganesha's Chicken 65: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 42

    Colorful and tasty too​Good smells waft down Harmon Place when you open the doors to Dancing Ganesha and grab a seat at the bar, it only gets better. Pass by the elephant and settle in to watch the dual TV's -- one showing a Bollywood musical and the other reprising a cricket match with the West I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 47

    Mo PerryAnnona Gourmet has a whole wall lined with delicious flavored vinegars​Tucked away in a sleepy corner of Northeast Minneapolis, in the Saint Anthony Village strip mall, lies a hidden gem. Annona Gourmet, a small shop whose motto is "educate your appetite," invites guests to do just t ... More >>

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    March 20, 2011

    Il Gatto's ravanelli: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 53

    In the plain white dish​Despite it's vibrant magenta coat, the radish usually plays the role of supporting garnish or salad accoutrement. Not so at Il Gatto, where the ravanelli makes the taproot of the Raphanus sativus a star, putting it front and center in this simple, yet addicting dish. Served ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    Mandarin Kitchen's Seafood and Tofu Hot Pot: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 54

    Kei TerauchiA hot mess = bubbling pot of seafood​Do you ever find yourself in a Chinese rut? You keep ordering the same old egg roll, sweet and sour, lo mein, sesame chicken, and egg foo young. What? You are ordering pad thai at a "Chinese" restaurant for "change"? Now, that's just desperate ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Polish Delight Cocktail at the Inn, 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 55

    Polish Delight is downright delightful​The Polish Delight cocktail from the Inn in downtown Minneapolis tastes like a lingering spring kiss. Bison Grass vodka, ginger, and apple-and-scallion simple syrup are slurried within a sparkling white white and served with a fresh lemon curlicue. The fruit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Gopher Bar's Coney Dog: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 56

    Anne RuckerIf nothing else, this dive bar sure has good Coney Dogs.​If you've never set foot in the Gopher Bar, prepare to be sent back in time. It's a true, old-time dive bar, complete with politically incorrect, if not blatantly offensive, signage, dingy lighting, and generally grumpy service. D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Holy Land's hummus tahini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 57

    Danielle Lenz​Hummus has been gaining rapid popularity across the country as a healthy and delicious spread, perfect for parties, snacking, and even dieting. Around these parts, however, it's been popular for decades, thanks in no small part to a northeast Minneapolis institution, the Holy Lan ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 58

    Mo PerryA rich, complex, earthy treat​Everyone keeps saying spring is around the corner, but it's hard to believe when ice is still encrusting the sidewalks and your skin seems to have taken on a permanent, dry translucence. Still, you know from experience that this is the time of year when y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2011

    Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 60

    Sara RiceUnlike Skittles, this rainbow has more than one flavor​The Midway area of St. Paul is a veritable melting pot, bringing together cultures from around the world. One point where two of them -- Somali and Ethiopian -- meet, is Flamingo Restaurant.

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    March 10, 2011

    Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 64

    Shauna Younge for City PagesYou can visit the bar, even on your lunch break.​ Even though Bars Bakery hasn't even been open six months, the little Selby Avenue shop has made itself heard over the din of the ever-expanding cupcake competition. By specializing in freshly baked bars of every variety, ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 63

    We're gonna need a bigger bag​It's easy to be overwhelmed when you enter Tremblay's Sweet Shop in Stillwater. Who knew there was THIS MUCH variety when it comes to saltwater taffy? Everywhere you look is a bucket or barrel heaped with a new -- sometimes bizarre -- flavor of taffy to try: butte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 65

    A slice of Korean-Italian heaven...​I am not alone in my reverence of the Lady ZaZa, although when I first made her acquaintance, this lovely dish had not yet been christened with a proper name. She was known simply as the kimchi pizza among those who frequented Ann Kim's hugely popular Pizzeria L ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Cave Vin's steak frites: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 67

    Lu LippoldGood, and good FOR you.​I do not want to hear one more word about you and your cholesterol. Furthermore, I do not want you giving me that look when I say I'm having a giant slab of red meat for dinner with a side of fat-ridden fried potatoes smothered in mayonnaise. You know why? Bec ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    In Season's fried oysters: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 66

    Sasha LandskovWe wish these were always In Season!​Though scientists have disproved the notion that oysters may only be safely eaten in months with the letter "r" in their names (May, June, July, and August), it is true that the mollusks tend to posses their best qualities when water temperatures ... More >>

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    March 6, 2011

    Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 68

    Sara RiceFinding your way to Everest on Grand is a lot easier than climbing Mt. Everest​If you're a curry lover and looking for a change of pace from some of our more standard-issue Indian restaurants around town--or if you're a vegetarian or vegan in search of a dish that doesn't pale compar ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Surly Coffee Bender: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 70

    Anne RuckerLike the can says, "It's never too early to GET SURLY!"​Never before has a beverage so delicious been so darnn confusing. Is it coffee or is it beer?  Is it acceptable to drink at breakfast, or should it be reserved for later in the day?  Why not both? 

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    March 2, 2011

    Maple bacon donut at YoYo Donuts: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 72

    The best thing to happen to breakfast​The salty. The sweet. The long john. It just all makes sense. YoYo Donuts in Minnetonka has made breakfast an ass-kicking event with the introduction of the maple-bacon long john--and they aren't skimping.

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    March 1, 2011

    Cupcake's mini cupcakes: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 73

    Mo PerryA whimsical treat for any occasion​Sometimes we feel inspired to make a gesture--a little something to say thank you or good job, or add a touch of brightness to the day. At such times, options are limited. You can swing by Super America for a box of doughnuts, grab a dozen bagels f ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Willy D's ribs: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 74

    ​There are way too many situations that restrict us from getting our rib on: One doesn't dare order a rack of bones on a job interview, a first date, or any meal-based meet-up that involves signing paperwork or handshakes. Ribs are for eating in the presence of loved ones who have already pl ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 75

    Shauna YoungeA fiesta in your mouthLet's face it, in Minnesota we like fried food of nearly any type whether it's meat, veggie, or fruit. Even if the idea unusual fried goodness only appeals to you during State Fair season, Salsa a la Salsa's fried chocolate truffle is one fried food not to miss. Th ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Anodyne's Artichoke Melt: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 76

    Blue chips are a bonus.​Some dishes thrive on flashy presentation, trendy techniques and lofty aspirations. Not so the artichoke melt at Anodyne, which relies on a great cast of ingredients that come together to calm, entertain and feed a busy gal. The bread is grilled to perfection and its conten ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 78

    ​Chocolate as deep, dark, and loving as a Barry White lullaby, studded with hunks of Hope Creamery butter toffee and dusted with a fine layer of rough-hewn sea salt nubs: These are the simple components that create the complex flavor experience of B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar.  The Minneapol ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 79

    Lu LippoldLa dolce vita, right here in Edina​Remember that time you were in Rome, awaiting the arrival of your latest Italian inamorata/o at the stazione, and train after train came in, and your beloved failed to appear, and you said (in Italian, of course), "Where is the nearest bar in this t ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 80

    Anne RuckerScone who? Once you go brioche you'll never go back.​Salty Tart Bakery just may have created the perfect breakfast pastry. Bagels, scones, and muffins are all fine and good, but once you indulge in this sweet and tender brioche bun you'll never go back to your boring old coffee shop st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Top 5 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year

    Tea HouseThe Chinese New Year is a celebration of food and family​The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year it starts on Thursday, February 3. To celebrate, Chinese people often attend festivals and fireworks. But most important, they get toget ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Body of missing Minnesota climber found in China

    After extensive searches through dangerous blizzard conditions, search crews recovered the body of a Minnesota climber who went missing in southwestern China last week.

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    Lyn-Lake Conquers the World

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

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