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.
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.
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 >>
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.
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>