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    October 16, 2014

    Happy Hour at Kyatchi: Japanese Small Plates and $5 Sake in Kingfield

    Kyatchi is a fun little joint with particularly good food for happy hour. Happy, welcoming and a little Japanese kitsch, with tasty organic and sustainable small plates and drinks, this happy hour encourages you to linger, eat and drink Sake.

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    August 15, 2014

    Shag, a '70s-themed sushi restaurant, to hit the North Loop

    Just when you thought it was impossible to squeeze another sushi restaurant into the Minneapolis city limits, BOOM, another one has dropped down from the heavens -- and this one's got a theme. Straight from the folks who brought you Rojo Mexican Grill in the West End and the soon to open Ling & Lou ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    First Look: Sober Fish blends sushi and Thai standards in former True Thai space

    First it was Drunken Fish. Then it was Drunken Sake. Now, after weeks of debate over the name, the restaurant that took over the former True Thai space has settled on a permanent moniker -- Sober Fish. According to a Sober Fish waitress, the Seward neighborhood found the first two names overly sug ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Restaurants

    November 6, 2013

    Enlightened eating at Eat Street Buddha Kitchen

    The new Asian eatery boosts Nicollet's culinary clout

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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 >>

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    June 4, 2013

    One, Two, Three Sushi Launching Two More Locations

    First the folks that brought you the original Masu Sushi & Robata in Northeast Minneapolis gave us a new location at the Mall of America. Then they opened One, Two, Three Sushi, a fast casual version of their sushi and ramen concept, in the skyway level of the IDS Tower. Now they're reaching out ... 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 >>

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    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 29, 2013

    One Two Three Sushi set to open in Minneapolis skyway, from the folks who brought you Masu

    The folks who brought you the now nationally recognized Masu Sushi & Robata are ready to open their newest venture. One Two Three Sushi will open February 11, for hungry downtown lunchgoers in the skyway of the IDS Building. The new venture will serve the popular rolls and lunchtime classics, b ... More >>

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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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    December 14, 2012

    Masu makes the short list for country's best sushi

    They've already garnered endless praise from locals, and recently opened a second location at the Mall of America, but Tim McKee's northeast Minneapolis Japanese joint Masu Sushi and Robata has made the Travel Leisure magazine's short list as one of the very best sushi restaurants in the country.S ... 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 >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Origami opening new location in Lowry Hill East

    See also: Origami's deep-fried blowfish: Not just for the thrill of it 100 Favorite Dishes: Uni at Origami No offense to some of the other good sushi joints in town, but we've always had a soft spot for Origami in the Warehouse District. From its incredibly delicate gyoza to its perfectly constructe ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    December 28, 2011

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

    ‚ÄčMpls/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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    December 1, 2011

    Ocean Buffet in Brooklyn Center: A first look

    Ocean Buffet in Brooklyn CenterThe Twin Cities has no shortage of Asian buffet restaurants. But who would have guessed that the award for highest per capita concentration of Asian buffets would go to Brooklyn Center? With the recent opening of Ocean Buffet on Shingle Creek Parkw ... 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 >>

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    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‚ÄčAngry 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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    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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 3, 2010
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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

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    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

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Now Open: Zake

    Musashi sushi is now known as Zake--though not much else seems to have changed. Will 533 Hennepin's curse ever break?

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    April 3, 2009

    Now Open: Mt. Fuji

    Will Maple Grove's Mt. Fuji succeed in one of Minneapolis' most cursed restaurant spaces?

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    February 9, 2009

    DIY-On-The-Fly: Twinkie Sushi

    Won't eat sushi? What if it's made with Swedish fish?

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    February 9, 2009

    Former 7 Sushi manager sues

    Former 7 Sushi manager says she was fired for being pregnant.

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    December 31, 2008

    10 More of the Best Cheap Eats of 2008

    In this week's column, I laid out ten of the best choices for cheap eats with a high deliciousness quotient. Here are another ten honorable mentions that didn't make the newsprint edition:

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    December 29, 2008

    Campiello space to become Cowboy Slim's saloon

    Is Lynn-Lake turning Japanese or becoming ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Roll Playing

    Bagu gets creative with sushi

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    September 3, 2008

    Asian Oasis

    Ronin Sushi Cafe offers relief in the fast-food desert of Lakeville

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    July 14, 2008

    Road Trip: Excelsior

    Here's where to refuel after the 20-mile ride to Lake Minnetonka.

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    March 27, 2008

    Celeb-spotting at 7 Sushi Lounge

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    Are there more "minor celebrities" at 7 or Bellanotte? What constitutes celebrity in this town, anyway?

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    August 24, 2005

    Out of the Frying Pan

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

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    September 22, 2004

    Social Studies

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

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    March 3, 1999
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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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