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The exit off Hwy. 71 looked like nothing special. Somewhere between Dallas and Austin, Texas, we’d pulled off to refill our rental car with gas.…
With more than 30,000 followers, social media star Kim Ly Curry has passion, persistence and "food porn"-quality photos. "Am I food-obsessed? Yes. I just love everything food."
Once relegated to beachside blowouts and frat parties, rum has become a serious, sought-after spirit.
A soon-to-open downtown St. Paul restaurant has a name most Minnesotans will recognize and maybe chuckle at: Gray Duck Tavern (grayduckstpaul.com). Yes, that’s an homage…
Before she helped change the course of Minnesota law, before she was recognized as a “pioneer” and “just short of brilliant,” Faith Ohman was rejected…
Duluth is gaining new attention — both locally and nationally — as a place to hike, paddle and bike while remaining within the amenity-filled confines of a city.
Isn't it funny how travel often forges bonds that seem illogically strong?
Coalition, which serves American fusion comfort food, will open in late May.
The cyclist died at the scene on Olinda Trial near Lindstrom.
In Milwaukee, bartenders are pouring delicious, inventive drinks — and they don't come out of a tap.
We've done wine. We've done beer. Now we're on to the next hot thing in sipping flights: liquor.
The new restaurant will open this fall in the former 22nd Avenue Station in northeast Minneapolis.
Hip night spots offer pinball, mini-golf and bowling, plus from-scratch food and innovative cocktails.
Northern Coffeeworks will also have a small kitchen and a retail component.
If you thought this year's NCAA Tournament had drama, you should see how our March Malt-ness went down.
We've got ourselves some March drama, folks, so drink it up — and then cast your vote in the penultimate round before we crown the best brewery in Minnesota.
I'm not from here originally, but I receive reminders of just how traveled my new neighbors are on just about every trip I take.
Brunson's Pub (brunsonspub.com), the reincarnation of the former Schwietz Saloon in St. Paul, opened its doors on Monday, debuting a pub menu with international…
For years, Daniel del Prado has cut his teeth under lauded chef Isaac Becker and in restaurants from here, to Portland, Ore., to Europe.Now, Del…
It's possible to eat a grown-up meal and still catch a game or two.
Big foodie and beer parties coming our way, including Bock Fest, Winterfest and the pork extravaganza Cochon 555.
One of Jester Concepts' Uptown projects has changed names and transitioned its identity from French bistro to Mexican taco emporium — and now a Twin Cities craft syrups company is involved
From giving a compliment to choosing a wine to telling a joke, five Twin Cities area gents have advice on how to up your game.
Cold and hungry? No problem when a restaurant warms you up with a blazing spot to recover and relax.
The upcoming Tilt — a project from the folks behind Uptown's Nightingale — will continue the trend of bars that double as entertainment when it opens in April.
The first Sunday in February is about getting together, watching some good pigskin and stuffing yourself like a turkey on some holiday-level grub. Here's our Big Menu for the Big Game.
The new iteration in the 70-seat space formerly occupied by Scusi will lose the Italian motifs in favor of an easygoing American menu with a hint of Southern flair.
International travel feels as unpredictable as ever. It's understandable if folks just want to stay home for a while. But there are problems with that kind of thinking.
Across the metro, restaurants are recognizing Instagram not just as a powerful social media tool, but as a force driving marketing and design decisions.
Despite the drastic temperature shift, Billy Tserenbat was thrilled to move from San Francisco to Minnesota more than 10 years ago. “Cold makes us better…
Restaurant veterans Chris Corlett and Tryg Truelson are making a bet that the noodle-and-broth movement is about to go mainstream.
A trio of professionals and liquor enthusiasts are opening a new distillery that specializes in whiskey.
As the calendar flips to a new year, a major transition is underway at the restaurant duo Nighthawks and Birdie (3753 Nicollet Av. S., 612-248-8111,…
When Sharon Harding revealed a box holding a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a French Legion of Honor, among other decorations, at her father’s…
Only a few hours into my first stop in Cuba, it hit me: I had done this all wrong.
It’s time for enjoying lavish holiday spreads, sipping sparkling wine and wearing your best worst Christmas sweater. Lucky for you, we’ve got leads on the…
The Spoon and Stable chef/owner's French bistro gets a name — Bellecour — while the construction crew finds fun surprises.
Now that the tryptophan has worn off from Thanksgiving celebrations, it’s time to get back on the town. Need ideas? Here are the Twin Cities’…
Four years ago, Bunbob Chhun and James Munson brought their dream of a small sandwich operation to the Twin Cities.
What's the big deal, right? You show up, mind your alcohol consumption, say thank you and leave. Simple, right? Wrong.
"Christmas in Copenhagen" has a decidedly romantic ring to it, doesn't it? But reality proved otherwise.
Pop-up eateries and other one-time events help create excitement and stand out in a fiercely competitive market.
A Forest Lake artist uses chalk to create works of temporary art in bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities area.
Three and a half years ago, Erin Franklin Hutton was breaking into Colorado’s beer scene as a bartender and server at Colorado Plus Brew…
Avoid these five party pitfalls with our guide from Twin Cities experts.
Faces Mears Park (373 Sibley St., St. Paul, facesmearspark.com, 651-209-7776) in Lowertown will close at the year’s end and reopen in 2017 with a…
Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, a much-lauded staple of the downtown dining scene for a decade, will shutter its doors next month. Chef and owner Sameh…
A 1970s industrial condo development on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis still sits empty, but a group of co-founders responsible for the popular local beer…
Need an after-Election Day pick-me-up? We've got five sure bets.
With new places to eat, play and lounge, your traveling experience is about to take off at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — just in time for the busy holiday flying season.
What's getting ready for takeoff at MSP? Here are some highlights.
The locavore movement has landed at MSP. Here are some of our favorite places to dig in at the airport.
If traveling stresses you out, you're not alone — and there is help. MSP offers many possible antidotes.
Time on your hands? Here are some great ways to pass the time. at MSP.
Downtown Minneapolis has a fresh new coffee shop and the beginnings of what entrepreneurs Ben Hertz and Dean Phillips hope will be the Twin Cities’…
These days, confection lovers who drive past Lakeville cakery Sweet Treasures will see another sign next to the company's cupcake logo: "Cake Wars" winner.
I love traveling alone. Sure, doing so has its challenges. But in my experiences, the good outweighs the bad. The best benefit might be opportunities to meet new friends and make unscripted memories.
The brewery owners (four of whom have worked in the industry) are planning a variety of traditional European styles for starters on their 50-barrel system.
New cookbook "Molly on the Range" draws on Chinese/Jewish heritage.
The folks behind Twin Cities coffee shop upstart Five Watt (3745 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., fivewattcoffee.com) have some new tricks up their sleeves, but for…
El Rodeo Nuevo and a guest chef from Albuquerque are teaming up with Obsidian Arts Center and the Mexican Consulate.
A major Twin Cities restaurateur team will be opening a new eatery in the former Sapor Cafe and Bar location in Minneapolis' North Loop soon.Raise…
On any given summer weekend in the late 1950s, it’s a good bet that John and Laurel Bessesen could be found on Lake Minnetonka, cruising…
Pumpkin spice overload? Expand your autumn palate to include other seasonal highlights.
The folks behind the Happy Gnome in St. Paul are poised to open another Selby Avenue eatery this month. Augustine’s Bar & Bakery…
The Twin Cities' distillery room scene has taken off with force in the past year and a half. These five distilleries with cocktail rooms offer local flavor in a glass.
A Minneapolis native -- and co-founder of Finnriver Cider -- is returning to the Twin Cities to help host a six-course cider feast at Wise Acre Eatery on Oct. 4.
With technology companies ever striving to solve problems once thought impossible, barriers are melting away.
Expect Flying Dutchman Spirits to debut a cocktail room early next year.
The American Swedish Institute nabbed Graves Hospitality's Blake Meier to replace chef John Krattenmaker at the arts organization's popular Fika.
It's tempting to drop everything and roam Minnesota to catch all the crimsons and golds at this time of year. But who has time for that? We've found your leaf-peeping match. Just follow our flow chart.
As the Twin Cities restaurant boom continues to drive the need for skilled workers, the closings of three of five major culinary schools only exacerbate a weak labor pool that chefs and restaurateurs say was already failing to keep up.
The Sioux Chef finds a following for his plan for an American Indian indigenous foods venture.
What happens when chefs reinvent comfort food staples from childhood? Try these delicious adult twists on bologna sandwiches, orange soda and more.
The Minneapolis noodle jubilee highlights a rotation of chefs that will feature a hot shot from New York, a mainstay in Japan and our own locals.
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