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 >>
They continue to emerge from their wintry slumbers, these motorized beasts of street cuisine. This week saw the return of a few fan favorites and the promise of more to come.World Street Kitchen has returned, Sameh Wadi rolled out his truck for the first time Thursday. The line for the Yum Yum bowl ... More >>
Target has announced that by the end of 2012, shoppers won't be able to find the weathered, whiskery-style jeans that all the kids are (were five years ago?) wearing. At least, not the washes that were created by a technique called "sandblasting."
That's because human rights organizations are pu ... More >>
OPENColossal Cafe in St. Paul (City Pages review)Eli's East Food & Cocktails (City Pages review)Eat Street Social (City Pages preview)Eat Street PizzaThe Hole Sports LoungeOceanaire (new location)Turkey To Go (Minneapolis skyway)Uncle Moe's Deli and DraftsWest Bank DinerWhich Wich
NOW OPENColossal Cafe(2315 Como Ave, St. Paul)Rosa Mexicano (City Pages Review)(609 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis)Little Szechuan (City Pages Review)(5377 West 16th St., St. Louis Park)West Bank Diner(324 Cedar Ave S. Minneapolis)Five Guys Burgers and Fries(8360 3rd St N., Oakdale)Eat Street Pi ... More >>
Photo Credit: Susan PowersThe Dutchess of Dough, Zoë FrançoisBestselling cookbook author Zoë François sat down with us in between promoting her new book, with co-author Jeff Hertzberg, creating desserts for Linden Hills hot spot restaurant Tilia, blogging, and parenting for a conversation abo ... More >>
Turkey To Go sells slow-roasted pulled turkey sandwiches.You no longer have to go to the State Fair or the ball game--or even a Turkey To Go food truck--to get your fill of pulled turkey sandwiches. Owners Drew Levin and Dan Perkins have opened a storefront location in St. Paul, with plans for an ... More >>
The scent of mini donuts that wafted past the gates at the TCF Bank Stadium last Saturday had nothing to do with football. Instead the scent was emanating from the road warriors at the Chef Shack: their signature dessert of fried dough tossed in an alluring mix of spices that include cinnamon, su ... More >>
The newest Twin Cities celebration of sudsRumors have been swirling for months about the Minneapolis Beer Fest, but information has been hard to come by. It was almost as if the sponsors wanted to keep it a secret. The rumors were that it would be big. The first person to mention it to me, a ... More >>
Six15 RoomThe Grand Hotel's lounge gets a major makeover. The San Francisco-based Kimpton boutique hotel chain recently took over the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis and put the property under a major renovation. The Zahtar restaurant upstairs is still intact, but the lobby-side lounge go ... More >>
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We at the Hot Dish are the kind of people who take things like Hamburger Month very seriously. For example, we pre-ordered our buns before Christmas and have our mustard flown in from a Bavarian abbey where monks grind the ... More >>
Pawlenty appeared with the also-rans.Tim Pawlenty showed up last night in South Carolina to debate four other also-rans in the GOP presidential race: Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Gary Johnson.
They didn't actually debate, of course. No one debates at debates anymore: They speech ... More >>
mojosavings.comWelcome to the U.S., Magnum!If you don't follow fashion, you might not be familiar with Chanel's designer Karl Lagerfeld, but trust us, he's a big deal. Uncle Karl, as he's frequently called, has been tapped by international ice cream company Magnum to introduce the brand to the Ameri ... More >>
Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>
Lu LippoldPeople who worship eggplant can't understand people who despise eggplant, and vice versa. It's like theists and atheists: each side inevitably asks of the other, "Why are you such a moron?" It's probably hopeless to persuade your opponents of their wrongheadedness, but if ever there ... More >>
DIY veggie sushi at the Wedge this weekIt's technically April, but the weather hasn't cooperated enough to officially declare patio season open for business just yet (remember last year when we hit 81 degrees on April 1? Sigh.) Luckily there are plenty of food-related activities to distract y ... More >>
Chef Shack paved the way for a crop of new street food vendorsMost of the food carts have been put away for the season--even street food pioneer Chef Shack is skipping Holidazzle this year. But a few brave souls, such as Fork in the Road, have been serving through the snow, and several others ... More >>
5 new breakfast sandwiches at CaribouBreakfast is hot right now and everyone wants a piece of the action. Burger King is running a surreal campaign with a flute soloist for their new breakfast bowls, Dunkin' Donuts just started serving hot breakfast sandwiches, and even our own Caribou came o ... More >>
Head to the streets for some Brotherly love.This week's Dish column investigates the new street eats in downtown Minneapolis: goat curry, Ethiopian coffee, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade lemon-ginger sodas, and more.
We ate our way through the new carts' offerings to bring you the five be ... More >>
Out: Turkey. In: India.Joginder Cheema, former owner of the Taste of India and India Palace restaurant empires and current owner of three India House restaurants in St. Paul, Fridley, and downtown Minneapolis (India Express), is bringing Bukhara Indian Bistro to the former home of Istanbul Bi ... More >>
In a rush at the grocery store? Flying to your next activity as soon as you get the groceries in the fridge? Hit the co-op deli for a flavor-packed break that will only cost a few minutes, but provide a day's worth of flavor.