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    February 4, 2014

    Masu Sushi & Robata makes Travel & Leisure's best ramen list

    The Twin Cities have gotten yet another national hat tip. This time, Travel & Leisure magazine has recognized Masu Sushi & Robata for serving up one of the best bowls of ramen in the country. The magazine puts Masu at number eight on its list of 15 top noodle bowls from around the United Sta ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    After a 12-year run, Nami closes its doors

    After a 12-year run in Minneapolis's Warehouse District, Nami has closed. Last week, the sushi restaurant announced through Facebook that it was under new ownership and would be closing immediately. According to its answering machine, the space will reopen in March, but will be under a new name. T ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Salt of the Earth at Fuji Ya: Keep some resolutions with this drink of the week

    The Salt of the Earth Fuji Ya $9 While the overzealous are busy piling on the resolutions and cutting out indulgences cold turkey, savvy sippers around the Cities can keep their New Year's promises by sticking to the motto "everything in moderation." Instead of the usual beer, burger, and fries, pa ... More >>

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    December 25, 2013
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    November 7, 2013

    Top shelf sake at Sushi Fix this Sunday

    Sushi Fix owner Billy Tserenbat's enthusiasm is infectious. It's hard not to find yourself raising high a sip of sake and toasting, "Kampai!" at any given moment inside his restaurant on Lake Street in Wayzata. He bounds from kitchen to table, engaging each customer about the various dishes he' ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Pear Pressure at Masu Sushi & Robata: Give in to this drink of the week

    Pear Pressure Masu Sushi & Robata $11 Even the frenetically blinking lights of the pachinko parlor can't outshine the top notch Japanese cuisine at Masu Sushi & Robata, chock full of ramen, sustainable fish, and really good stuff on sticks. A menu this brilliant begs for a drink lineup of equal or ... More >>

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    October 16, 2013

    Kyatchi: Sustainable sushi coming to south Minneapolis

    The sustainable seafood trend shows no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by the new sushi restaurant heading to south Minneapolis. Kyatchi promises to use only responsibly fished ingredients, and the team behind this venture knows a few things about seafood.See Also:Best Sushi 2013: Sushi FixFish ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    First Look: Eat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge [PHOTOS]

    When Azia, an Asian fusion night spot known for its cranberry cream cheese wontons and fruity cocktails closed in 2010, fans mourned the loss of this unique piece of Twin Cities dining history. When Eat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge opens on Monday, the old home of Thom Pham's Azia will make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Sushi Fix's tuna poke: 50 Favorite Dishes, no. 35

    As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.The best food truck serving sushi has now moved into some adorable new digs in Wayzata. Either sampled from the truck or at the new restaurant, its flavors are fresh and fl ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Sushi Fix in Wayzata opens today: Here's a preview

    When the Sushi Fix first rolled into downtown, there were a few skeptical eye rolls. Raw fish? From a truck? In August? But what those sweet, unsuspecting souls didn't know is that they were one bite away from a new addiction. Soon lines twirled around the open Sushi Fix truck window like so many te ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 19, 2013

    Best Twin Cities restaurants you haven't tried

    These excellent metro eateries have been around for a while, but if you haven't paid them a visit, you should

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    January 23, 2013

    Raku Sushi finds success with tradition

    New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well

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    January 15, 2013

    Origami's new Uptown location to open in early February

    After officially closing its Minnetonka location on December 29, Origami Sushi reassured fish fans that it still plans to increase its presence. Its Uptown location at the ground floor of the new MoZaic building on Lagoon Avenue is expected to open in early February, reports the Southwest Journal.Se ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012
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    October 24, 2012

    Jesse Bishop on how the Food & Wine Film Festival found a home in the Twin Cities

    Film lovers are in for a gastronomical treat this weekend as the Food & Wine Film Festival kicks off at St. Anthony Main Theatre. Over the next four days, foodie film classics such as Babette's Feast and the family-friendly Ratatouille will be shown alongside newcomers like Dead Sushi and indie ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Top 10 Japanese restaurants in the Twin Cities

    One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Twin City Grill gets an upgrade

    We really are quite spoiled here in the Twin Cities. Other malls across the country have your basic stores, your basic parking lots, and your basic food court.  Our mall has an amusement park in the middle, and aquarium in the basement, and the best, most varied food that has ever shared real e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Masu Sushi and Robata at Mall of America: a first look

    See also:Masu Sushi Mall of America has an opening dateBest Japanese Restaurant: Masu Sushi & RobataMasu Sushi & Robata goes the extra mile for happy hourTurn your head away from the steady stream of shoppers and it's not hard to imagine that the new Mall of America restaurant is the Nordeas ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Masu Sushi Mall of America has an opening date

    See Also: Masu Sushi makes list of best new American sushi restaurantsBest of the Twin Cities: Best Japanese Restaurant -- 2012 Dining options at the mega mall are about to get a little hipper. The Best Japanese restaurant of last year is getting a suburban sibling. The menu will be nearly identica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Minnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testicles

    If you're an annual State Fair habitue, it's easy to get bored with the more than 450 foods from 300 concessionaires. So every year the State Fair tries to shake things up by introducing a few new things-on-a-stick and other edibles. Last year's offerings included the universally beloved sweet corn ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Current, Gather, and Masu all celebrating their 1-year anniversaries

    The traditional gift for the first anniversary celebration is paper. We're wrapping up a paper boat, interpretative collage, and a little origami for the upcoming one-year milestones for the Current, just off the river in Afton; Gather, tucked into the monster-head of the Walker Art Center; and Masu ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Fish Smart sponsors seafood "throwdown" at Kitchen in the Market

    ​The competition was fierce and the seafood sustainable at Monday night's Seafood Throwdown, which pitted the top two seafood chefs in town for a battle royale of the bivalves. Chef Robert Wohfeil of Oceanaire and chef Jamie Malone of Sea Change went head to head with a basket full of secret ingre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Top 10 margaritas in the Twin Cities

    ​ The margarita is a classic, no doubt about it. The earliest published recipe we can find is in Esquire magazine in 1953. The recipe called for tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime. As everything else does, this drink evolved in various ways, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Social House in Uptown: A first look

    Yael GrauerSocial House's Albunai roll: More style than substance.​Social House is exquisite. The decor, that is. The restaurant, however, may still be a bit of a work in progress. We arrived to the buzzing Uptown eatery at around 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and were promptly asked if we were o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Masu Sushi to open in former Soul Daddy space at Mall of America

    ​Mpls/St. Paul Magazine broke the news that popular Northeast sushi joint Masu Sushi and Robata, a restaurant created under the guidance and consultation of Tim McKee, will open a second location. Interestingly enough, it's slated to make its home at the former Soul Daddy space in the Mall of ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Rare Steak & Sushi replaces Zahtar in the Grand Hotel

    Rare Steak & SushiThe name has changed, but the menu's similar. ​The new owners of the Grand Hotel have been making a few changes, including recently upgrading the lobby lounge to the Six15 Room. As of a few weeks ago, management said that the upstairs Zahtar restaurant would be staying the sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Osaka Golden Valley now open

    Another Osaka pops up in Golden Valley.​The Osaka Japanese restaurants have quietly grown into quite a little suburban empire. The ninth one just opened in Golden Valley at 6440 Wayzata Blvd. off of 394, the former home of the quickly shuttered Mexican restaurant, Ciento. (Each location is ope ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Asia Bistro to resurrect Nankin's legacy

    Minnesota Historical SocietyThe original Nankin restaurant.​After 80 years in business, Minneapolis's storied Nankin Cafe, longtime a center for Minnesota's Chinese community, closed in its City Center location in 1999. Its legacy has lived on in bits and pieces, with some of its furnishings f ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Masu Sushi and Robata's Angry Gummi lets the wasabi do the talking

    A cute killer​Angry Gummi$8 ($6 at happy hour)Masu Sushi and Robata330 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.332.6278The pachinko, sushi and noodles aside, the new Masu has a cocktail list that Hot Dish wanted to peruse. So, we snuck in early one evening and decided on the Angry Gummi.

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    June 7, 2011

    Top 5 restaurants near the Guthrie for dinner before a show

    Meet Minneaplis / Flickr​If you're headed to a show at the Guthrie this summer, why not start the evening with a pre-theater meal downtown? That way, you can park early, enjoy a relaxing dinner, and ensure that your stomach won't start rumbling somewhere in the middle of the second act. While ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Downtown Crave: A sneak peek

    Mo PerryThe hip new downtown Crave opens tomorrow​The ever-expanding Crave empire celebrates the grand opening of its most ambitious location yet tomorrow. All traces of former occupant Palomino are long gone, and the space has been given a fresh makeover. Walls have been torn down to create ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    First look: Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet

    Teppanyaki BuffettAsian buffets are like drinking warm beer. You know the experience won't be as pleasant as it should be, but you also know that it will get the job done. Another Asian buffet, Teppanyaki, has opened in the Hi-Lake Shopping Center at Lake and Hiawatha.  The Hot Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Asian food events dominate this Week in Food

    Two-for-ones on Twins home game days at the Wondrous Azian Kitchen. ​It's an Asian-heavy week in food, and we're not complaining. Rare is the week when we get to kick things off with sushi at Tom Pham's and wrap it up sucking down sake at Moto-i, with a visit to Sawatdee wedged safely in betwe ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    The Art of Food edition of Best of Hot Dish: March 28 - April 1, 2011

    Origami's beautiful and giving Tohoku roll​Some say preparing food and drink is an art, and the Hot Dish heartily agrees. This week we wrap up with a celebration of the week's posts that show the creativity inherent in cocktails, beer, sushi, and even restaurant design and concepts--plus an artful ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Wakame Bistro's Crazy Lobster Roll: 100 Favorite Dishes No. 44

    Anne Rucker Unexpected sushi roll heaven.​Throw away your current notions of run-of-the-mill sushi menu delights because the Crazy Lobster Roll at Wakame Bistro bucks all tradition.  Somehow this roll manages to be deliciously rich, creamy, spicy and filling all at the same time. &nb ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    OED adds banh mi and muffin top

    Banh mi makes the cut, as does doughnut hole.​Language standards are loosening up, as evidenced by last week's update of the Oxford English Dictionary, which added a few slangy acronyms--OMG and LOL, FYI, and WAG--as well as the trendy terms smack talk, couch surf, fixed gear, and ick factor. In ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Shanghai Bistro coming to Stillwater

    Henry Chan continues to expand his east metro sushi empire. ​On the heels of the Kitchen's closure, the Pioneer Press reports that restaurateur Harry Chan is planning to open another Shanghai Bistro in its place. The site is in Stillwater's Grand Garage building and is known for its spacious p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Top 5 south Minneapolis restaurants you didn't know delivered

    carldunniii via Flickr.comSuch magical words​We've all been there: nights when the idea of cooking dinner or venturing into the dark, teeth-chattering cold to grab a meal sounds about as enticing as hitting the gym at 5 a.m. At times like these, there's no phrase quite as magnificent as "We de ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    May 26, 2010

    Three Monkey's, Great Sun Buffet, and Fusion a mixed bag

    The Uptown and Eat Street establishments suffer from lack of focus

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    March 24, 2010

    Bradstreet, Solera, and more: Happy hours for grownups

    Drink like an adult on a college kid's budget

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2010
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    May 27, 2009

    Fhima opens two new Zahtar restaurants in the Twin Cities

    Flamboyant restaurateur finally focuses on giving diners what they want

  • Restaurants

    May 20, 2009

    Mt. Fuji and Zen crowd Uptown's overgrown Asian cuisine market

    Lyndale and Hennepin are peppered with a plethora of Asian fusion options

  • Restaurants

    June 11, 2008

    Obento-Ya: Everyday chic in Japanese dining

    Healthy, quick, and tasty Asian lunch

  • Restaurants

    August 24, 2005

    Out of the Frying Pan

    Stella's Fish Café turns a notoriously popular location into fishy, family-friendly gold

  • Restaurants

    September 22, 2004

    Social Studies

    It is a happy, happy thing indeed that the happy hour endures

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    February 4, 2004

    Bryn Mawr Star

    In which Dara discovers a gem in the bottom of the mailbag

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    March 3, 1999
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    July 1, 1998
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    February 18, 1998

    Old Man River

    Perhaps it's best to say that Saji-Ya has entered a period of rest after its long spate of medal-winning in the early '90s.

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