Just because you first read about chef Gavin Kaysen in the New York Times doesn't mean his new restaurant will be Per Se. In fact, one of the most exciting things about Spoon and Stable, located (where else?) in the North Loop, is how accessible it is. One might even describe it as homey, that is, if your home is a place where polished tree-trunk slabs stand in for tabletops, everyone uses hand-made wooden butter knives from a small village in Sweden, and it always smells like wood fire and roasted meats. The food here is pure European elegance meets American comfort. One of the top-selling items is a tender braised pot roast, inspired by Kaysen's grandmother Dorothy (as are the nightly family-style dinner specials), all dressed up with chanterelle mushrooms and boiled dumplings with bone-marrow centers. And just as the comfort food gets cheffed up, the warm atmosphere gets a fine dining boost from seamless service and top-to-bottom hospitality. PHOTOS BY E. KATIE HOLM
2014 was a year filled with stories that were hilarious, heartbreaking, and everywhere in between. Here's a look back at each of City Pages' cover stories this year. Click each headline to check out that week's feature.
Frozen Teens played their last show ever alongside Wild Child, Waveless, and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band at the Hexagon Bar. PHOTOS BY ADAM DEGROSS on December 31, 2014
Frozen Teens Are Calling It Quits
Rising R&B star Jhené Aiko packed the Skyway Theatre Sunday night with a diverse crowd who was ready to groove to her trip-hop jams. Openers SZA and Odd Future spinoff the Internet kept the fans moving throughout the night. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON on December 21, 2014
Thousands of people showed up at the Mall of America on Saturday to participate in the Black Lives Matter protest. We were there to capture some of the day's most powerful moments on camera. PHOTOS BY JESSIE JOHNSON and SUSAN DU on December 20, 2014
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organized a protest and demonstration at the Mall of America's East Rotunda. After repeated warnings over the PA to disperse, the protesters remained until the police and security personnel ushered people out of the rotunda. PHOTOS BY NICK KOZEL on December 20, 2014
Folks gathered at the Varsity Theater to celebrate craft spirits and craft cocktails at City Pages' first-ever Cocktailian event, and we captured all the fun in our photobooth. PHOTOS BY VENTURE PHOTOGRAPHY on December 11, 2014
Cocktailian at the Varsity: People and Scenes
Some longtime fans were saddened when Little Szechuan on St. Paul's University Avenue changed its concept to hotpot only. After all, this beloved Chinese restaurant had been the gold standard for the chewiest Dan Dan noodles, creamiest tofu, hottest beef ribs, and real-deal cumin lamb. The full...