Yesterday the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported that Phillips Distilling Co. is set to release the 20th flavor variety in its line of UV Vodka, and this one's a spicy little number. Adding a Sriracha-flavored vodka is an especially smart move by the Minneapolis-based company, ... More >>
Sadly, traditional dishes with working-class origins often mutate into pretty, convenient, much less soulful mass-market versions. Beef stroganoff becomes Hamburger Helper, calzones become P'zones, and Greek yogurt becomes fat-free Yoplait, "packed with protein" in its little pouch like face cream- ... More >>
Billed as Saint Paul's answer to Eat Street, the Little Mekong area at the east end of University Avenue has become something of a destination lately. There are still plenty of shuttered businesses to go around, but with the Central Corridor light rail set to open in 2014 and its easy accessibility ... More >>
Ever since Hector Ruiz's beloved tapas restaurant El Meson closed in the fall of 2012, neighborhood residents and food scenesters wondered who would take over the space. The tiny storefront is outfitted with a full kitchen, obviously, but could just as easily be turned into an office or retail store ... More >>
It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>
Food trucks may be in hibernation (although not all: Chef Driven Co, Tot Boss, Fork in the Road, and a couple others are still braving the frigid temps). However, street eats season is just a couple of months away. Have you got a great mobile food idea? We found a trailer that's looking for a new ow ... More >>
The venerable sandwich has long been lauded as the ultimate portable meal, and yet the best sandwiches are well worth sitting down for and lingering over. We've eaten our way through umpteen slices of rye, torpedoes of baguettes, and towers of toast (not to mention the meats-and-cheeses situation) t ... More >>
This Week in Food begins with pho and ends with pie, the ideal bookends to the final week in September. 9/27 Mississippi Market offers the chance to meander through Southeast Asian cooking in an entirely gluten-free fashion at Thursday night's class "Cooking Southeast Asian Flavors." The distinct ... More >>
See Also:Mai Village gets "Beef Backer" awardBest Vietnamese Restaurant: Mai VillageThrough the thick and thin of economic recession and construction in the Central Corridor, St. Paul's Mai Village Vietnamese restaurant has remained the object of both popular and critical affection. But now it appea ... More >>
Like gophers on a golf course, the trucks keep coming. This most recent arrival that we tracked down is the berry-red Trinh truck. Specializing in sandwiches and boba tea, it also has fresh spring rolls, Vietnamese coffee, and chips. We lined up to have a first bite.
Tibetan dishes shine over rest of the menu
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here, and third here. 1/18-1/19 Rogue Valley Tour Journal: "New Year Resolution" Minneapolis: 21 degrees. St. Cloud: 17 degrees. Fergus Falls: 15 ... More >>
Pho followers have been complaining all month about Saigon Restaurant's abrupt closing this September, its third extended shutdown of the year. Fans of the popular Vietnamese eatery noticed it had quietly closed on September 2. A Facebook user took to the restaurant's page and asked, "How come you ... More >>
Style over substance in Uptown
photo by Michelle BruchSameh Wadi and his big red truckToday we wrap up our three-part series with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen. (If you missed them, read parts 1 and 2 here.) We discuss when the big red truck will be back on the streets, what's keeping him up at night, ... More >>
Many, many happy hoursJasmine 268 E. 26th St., Minneapolis612.870.3800Hours and Details:Daily, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-close$3 selected beers$5 martinis and cocktails--cucumber martini, ginger fizz, margarita, pom bomb1/2 off all wine and sake by the glass and bottle$4.95 appetizers--te ... More >>
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 >>
Restaurants worth fighting LRT construction.This week's Dish review dubbed On's Thai Kitchen on University at Snelling in St. Paul as a restaurant worth enduring the hassle of LRT construction (Work is now being done between Emerald and Hamline, with the 'dozers moving on to the rest of Universit ... More >>
MN wine and a turntableNgon Vietnamese Bistro799 University Ave., St. Paul651.222.3301Hours and Details:Monday - Friday, 3-6 p.m. $5 appetizers/small platesMonday - Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.$2 off Minnesota wines, $1 off Minnesota beersBecause Twin Citians vorac ... More >>
Indochin arrives on Grand Avenue.Last month, sisters Ha Tu and Thu Nguyen, owners of the Que Nha restaurant at 849 University Avenue in St. Paul, opened a new restaurant, Indochin, at the nearby location of 1702 Grand Avenue. The Asian American Press reports that the Indochin menu will initi ... More >>
Danielle LenzPho 79's signature pho: like a hug in a bowlYou may have heard by now that when it comes to Vietnamese food, Minnesota serves up some of the best in the country, at least according to Anthony Bourdain. We couldn't agree more. And with the recent arctic temperatures, this is fortu ... More >>
Noticed the new Chino Latino billboards? No, they're not as outrageous/enraging as its past campaigns. These billboards feature the supersized eye of the restaurant's new executive chef, Tuan Nguyen. Nguyen, Chino Latino's first Asian executive chef, joins the restaurant 25 years into his car ... More >>
Crowning a new banh mi king!The best thing to come out of France's colonization of Vietnam is, arguably, the banh mi. The pitch-perfect sandwich marries a pillowy, delicately crusted baguette with meat (often pork) or mock meat, pickled and fresh veggies (carrots, cucumber, and usually cilant ... More >>
courtesy of Gastro Non GrataJeff Mitchell and Craig Drehmel like to eat thumb-and-forefinger style. Gastro Non Grata, which started out as a series of food/beer/rock talk shows at the Triple Rock, has now grown into the balls-out extravaganza known as Vagabond Vacation--this Sunday at First Avenu ... More >>
Quick-service cafes get it done
I typically head to Eat Street when I'm feeling like a great Vietnamese-style sandwich, but the relatively new Bubble Me in Uptown had me curious enough to stop in for lunch.
After several delays, Cafe Kem has opened at 26th and Nicollet, within a banh mi's toss of its owners other restaurants, Jasmine Deli and Jasmine 26. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was in last week and reports that it's a slick, wi-fi enabled coffee shop/snack shop (banh mi and panini) that's sellin ... More >>
The best thing to come out of Indochina's French Colonial era...
Things like pho, kimchi and lentil shepherd's pie top college students' cafeteria meals of choice.
We weigh in on two different Eat Street takes on pho aka Vietnamese comfort food.
Jasmine Deli has been sued by a customer saying she got salmonella from one of the restaurant's banh mi sandwiches.
The moment I walked into Jasmine Deli I knew it was unpolished enough to be my kind of place.
The new Saigon is bigger, but the jury's out on whether or not it's better.
The world is a happier place: Saigon Restaurant & Bakery reopens after a three-month hiatus.
Eat Street's new Hoàng Thiên Ý Deli is homey and exotic all at once
For some, 2007 will forever be the year of wide stances in public bathrooms, but for foodies, other moments stand out
A day late, a dollar short, and the wrong address
Ngon Bistro defies all conventional wisdom and opens in Frogtown with elegance to burn, wine for the ages, and the best beef pho in town
Mai Village boasts the best part of Vietnam's food, art, and architecture, and its long meals with family
Breadbox-sized Rice Paper proves that sometimes less is more
The Sandwich Even a Critic Never Tires Of, and Other Happy Surprises