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Surly goes down! Vote in the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket Foamy Four

Surly goes down! Vote in the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket Foamy Four

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.
'So where are you from?' Traveling Minnesotans really get around

'So where are you from?' Traveling Minnesotans really get around

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.

St. Paul pub focuses on neighborhood favorites

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…
Popular Minneapolis chef to open two new restaurants

Popular Minneapolis chef to open two new restaurants

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…
At these Twin Cities restaurants you can get a decent meal and watch an NCAA game

At these Twin Cities restaurants you can get a decent meal and watch an NCAA game

It's possible to eat a grown-up meal and still catch a game or two.
Twin Cities' best restaurant events this week: Brews, barbecue and Pardi Gras

Twin Cities' best restaurant events this week: Brews, barbecue and Pardi Gras

Big foodie and beer parties coming our way, including Bock Fest, Winterfest and the pork extravaganza Cochon 555.
Mexican taco emporium, Mercado, replaces former Marche restaurant in Uptown

Mexican taco emporium, Mercado, replaces former Marche restaurant in Uptown

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
How to be a gentleman in the age of the 'bro'

How to be a gentleman in the age of the 'bro'

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.
9 Twin Cities bars and restaurants where you can warm up by a great fireplace

9 Twin Cities bars and restaurants where you can warm up by a great fireplace

Cold and hungry? No problem when a restaurant warms you up with a blazing spot to recover and relax.
New Minneapolis bar thinks it's found the perfect combo: pinball and hot dogs

New Minneapolis bar thinks it's found the perfect combo: pinball and hot dogs

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.
Step up your Super Bowl game with themed menus for each team

Step up your Super Bowl game with themed menus for each team

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.
Highland Grill owner to debut new Bottle Rocket restaurant on Valentine's Day

Highland Grill owner to debut new Bottle Rocket restaurant on Valentine's Day

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.
Don't let terror stop you from traveling

Don't let terror stop you from traveling

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.
How Instagram is changing the game for Twin Cities restaurants

How Instagram is changing the game for Twin Cities restaurants

Across the metro, restaurants are recognizing Instagram not just as a powerful social media tool, but as a force driving marketing and design decisions.
Look for a new version of Mexican at Baja Haus restaurant in Wayzata

Look for a new version of Mexican at Baja Haus restaurant in Wayzata

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…
New St. Paul restaurant hopes to be the Chipotle of ramen

New St. Paul restaurant hopes to be the Chipotle of ramen

Restaurant veterans Chris Corlett and Tryg Truelson are making a bet that the noodle-and-broth movement is about to go mainstream.
Trio of Twin Cities enthusiasts opening a distillery that specializes in whiskey

Trio of Twin Cities enthusiasts opening a distillery that specializes in whiskey

A trio of professionals and liquor enthusiasts are opening a new distillery that specializes in whiskey.
Without star chef, where do hot Mpls. restaurants Nighthawks, Birdie go from here?

Without star chef, where do hot Mpls. restaurants Nighthawks, Birdie go from here?

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,…
Obituary: Once the war was over, WWII vet Jerome Hanson brought peace home to Minnesota

Obituary: Once the war was over, WWII vet Jerome Hanson brought peace home to Minnesota

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…
Book ahead or allow for spontaneity?

Book ahead or allow for spontaneity?

Only a few hours into my first stop in Cuba, it hit me: I had done this all wrong.
Cocktails, coffee and ugly sweaters top this week's best restaurant events

Cocktails, coffee and ugly sweaters top this week's best restaurant events

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…
Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen names his new Wayzata restaurant Bellecour

Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen names his new Wayzata restaurant Bellecour

The Spoon and Stable chef/owner's French bistro gets a name — Bellecour — while the construction crew finds fun surprises.
The Twin Cities' best food-and-drink themed events of the week

The Twin Cities' best food-and-drink themed events of the week

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’…
Dumpling opens in Minneapolis with banh mi, ramen and more

Dumpling opens in Minneapolis with banh mi, ramen and more

Four years ago, Bunbob Chhun and James Munson brought their dream of a small sandwich operation to the Twin Cities.
Want to get invited to parties? Do these 8 things

Want to get invited to parties? Do these 8 things

What's the big deal, right? You show up, mind your alcohol consumption, say thank you and leave. Simple, right? Wrong.
Stuck eating reindeer and other dining pitfalls of holiday travel

Stuck eating reindeer and other dining pitfalls of holiday travel

"Christmas in Copenhagen" has a decidedly romantic ring to it, doesn't it? But reality proved otherwise.
Twin Cities restaurants find pop-up events help remake dining experience

Twin Cities restaurants find pop-up events help remake dining experience

Pop-up eateries and other one-time events help create excitement and stand out in a fiercely competitive market.
Artist creates works of chalk art in Minneapolis dining, drinking hot spots

Artist creates works of chalk art in Minneapolis dining, drinking hot spots

A Forest Lake artist uses chalk to create works of temporary art in bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities area.
Looking for more brewpubs around Minnesota? Here are new ones

Looking for more brewpubs around Minnesota? Here are new ones

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…
How to throw a great holiday cocktail party without everyone getting sloshed

How to throw a great holiday cocktail party without everyone getting sloshed

Avoid these five party pitfalls with our guide from Twin Cities experts.
Faces Mears Park to undergo major remake in St. Paul

Faces Mears Park to undergo major remake in St. Paul

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…
Much-loved Minneapolis restaurant bids farewell

Much-loved Minneapolis restaurant bids farewell

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…

Pryes Brewing expands beyond its single beer Miraculum

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…
Exhausted from the election? Get a jolt with these Twin Cities coffee concoctions

Exhausted from the election? Get a jolt with these Twin Cities coffee concoctions

Need an after-Election Day pick-me-up? We've got five sure bets.
I got stuck at MSP Airport for 11 hours — and it was awesome

I got stuck at MSP Airport for 11 hours — and it was awesome

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.
Hot, new bars and restaurants coming soon to MSP Airport

Hot, new bars and restaurants coming soon to MSP Airport

What's getting ready for takeoff at MSP? Here are some highlights.
Where to eat and drink at MSP Airport now

Where to eat and drink at MSP Airport now

The locavore movement has landed at MSP. Here are some of our favorite places to dig in at the airport.
Luxury lounge, day spa, bubbly: How to pamper yourself at MSP Airport

Luxury lounge, day spa, bubbly: How to pamper yourself at MSP Airport

If traveling stresses you out, you're not alone — and there is help. MSP offers many possible antidotes.
A golf range? Furniture shopping? Fun ways to pass the time at MSP

A golf range? Furniture shopping? Fun ways to pass the time at MSP

Time on your hands? Here are some great ways to pass the time. at MSP.
New downtown Mpls. coffee shop, Penny's, already brewing up more locations

New downtown Mpls. coffee shop, Penny's, already brewing up more locations

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’…
Lakeville cake-and-cupcake shop gets sweet win on Food Network

Lakeville cake-and-cupcake shop gets sweet win on Food Network

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.
No compromises and other joys of solo travel

No compromises and other joys of solo travel

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.
What's in a name? Plenty for Utepils Brewing, to open this winter in Mpls.

What's in a name? Plenty for Utepils Brewing, to open this winter in Mpls.

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.
'Molly on the Range': Food blogger lives her dream on N.D. farm

'Molly on the Range': Food blogger lives her dream on N.D. farm

New cookbook "Molly on the Range" draws on Chinese/Jewish heritage.
Five Watt coffee upstart has big plans for Twin Cities

Five Watt coffee upstart has big plans for Twin Cities

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…
Chefs celebrate Afro-Mexican culture with Mpls. feast

Chefs celebrate Afro-Mexican culture with Mpls. feast

El Rodeo Nuevo and a guest chef from Albuquerque are teaming up with Obsidian Arts Center and the Mexican Consulate.

Counter intelligence: Former home of Sapor in North Loop finally being filled

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…
Obituary: Laurel Bessesen brought her zest for life to work and play

Obituary: Laurel Bessesen brought her zest for life to work and play

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…
Skip the pumpkin spice! Restaurants have other autumn flavors to love

Skip the pumpkin spice! Restaurants have other autumn flavors to love

Pumpkin spice overload? Expand your autumn palate to include other seasonal highlights.
Augustine's Bar and Bakery to open this month in St. Paul

Augustine's Bar and Bakery to open this month in St. Paul

The folks behind the Happy Gnome in St. Paul are poised to open another Selby Avenue eatery this month. Augustine’s Bar & Bakery…
5 Minneapolis distilleries offer cocktails with local flavor

5 Minneapolis distilleries offer cocktails with local flavor

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.
Local cider maker returns for Minneapolis dinner

Local cider maker returns for Minneapolis dinner

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.
'Pilot' can translate languages in real time

'Pilot' can translate languages in real time

With technology companies ever striving to solve problems once thought impossible, barriers are melting away.
Entrepreneurs – aka 'professional drinkers' – dream up new distillery in Eden Prairie

Entrepreneurs – aka 'professional drinkers' – dream up new distillery in Eden Prairie

Expect Flying Dutchman Spirits to debut a cocktail room early next year.
New chef at American Swedish Institute, Lucia's

New chef at American Swedish Institute, Lucia's

The American Swedish Institute nabbed Graves Hospitality's Blake Meier to replace chef John Krattenmaker at the arts organization's popular Fika.
Best places to see fall colors in Minnesota? Our guide will show you

Best places to see fall colors in Minnesota? Our guide will show you

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.
Why are Minn. culinary schools closing amid boom in dining?

Why are Minn. culinary schools closing amid boom in dining?

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.
Sioux Chef's Kickstarter breaks individual-backer record for restaurants

Sioux Chef's Kickstarter breaks individual-backer record for restaurants

The Sioux Chef finds a following for his plan for an American Indian indigenous foods venture.
Gourmet bologna sandwich? Classic dishes get fun Twin Cities updates

Gourmet bologna sandwich? Classic dishes get fun Twin Cities updates

What happens when chefs reinvent comfort food staples from childhood? Try these delicious adult twists on bologna sandwiches, orange soda and more.
Bigger and better, Ramen Attack expected to draw 3,000 in Mpls.

Bigger and better, Ramen Attack expected to draw 3,000 in Mpls.

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.
Bark and the Bite food truck opens a brick-and-mortar counter Friday

Bark and the Bite food truck opens a brick-and-mortar counter Friday

The venue is not one they had searched for, but after the owners discovered a month ago that a neighborhood store was searching for a new tenant, everything just felt right.
Iron Bartender showcases the Twin Cities' crazy cocktail scene

Iron Bartender showcases the Twin Cities' crazy cocktail scene

Here's more fun with Twin Cities cocktails.
Awake, alone and addicted ... to social media

Awake, alone and addicted ... to social media

There may be a thin line between excessive internet use and addiction akin to chemical dependency.
By losing airline loyalty status, a reporter gains flexibility

By losing airline loyalty status, a reporter gains flexibility

Last December, the panic set in. The year was drawing to a close, and my airline loyalty status was in jeopardy. I had used hundreds…
Apparel money burning holes in pockets of athletic departments

Apparel money burning holes in pockets of athletic departments

College athletics are bringing in massive deals for clothes, and the Gophers are hoping for their turn like other programs around the country.
Nerves, excitement high around U.S. Bank Stadium's debut

Nerves, excitement high around U.S. Bank Stadium's debut

More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for U.S. Bank Stadium's first major event: Wednesday's soccer match between elite European soccer clubs Chelsea and AC Milan.
A problem Pitino's glad to have: Tight competition for playing time

A problem Pitino's glad to have: Tight competition for playing time

Eager to forget last season, Gophers' men's basketball coach Richard Pitino has a roster that offers challenges and opportunities.
Don Lucia on contract status: 'I haven't signed anything yet'

Don Lucia on contract status: 'I haven't signed anything yet'

Reacting to a recent report that he had been offered a two-year contract extension, Gophers men's hockey coach Don Lucia said no deal has been finalized.
Rochester's Hurt brothers hungering for big-time basketball success

Rochester's Hurt brothers hungering for big-time basketball success

Gophers freshman Michael Hurt wants to be part of the turnaround in Minnesota's basketball program. Younger brother Matthew had his first scholarship offer in eighth grade.
Schwan's USA Cup 2016: Cold, yes, but soccer in Iceland is hot

Schwan's USA Cup 2016: Cold, yes, but soccer in Iceland is hot

For decades, Icelandic soccer, in one of Europe's smallest football nations, struggled to compete with the sports' blue bloods. This summer has been a different story.
Natasha Howard's career night helps Lynx end skid at three

Natasha Howard's career night helps Lynx end skid at three

The reserve forward tied a career high with 21 points in a 91-68 rout of San Antonio on Saturday.
Opponents' long-range success leads to Lynx losing streak

Opponents' long-range success leads to Lynx losing streak

Foes have made 46.2 percent of their threes in the team's three losses.
Lynx pushed to overtime and lose 95-92 to New York

Lynx pushed to overtime and lose 95-92 to New York

A 15-point lead in the fourth quarter wasn't enough, and Maya Moore's three-pointer at the OT buzzer hit the rim as the Lynx lost for the third straight game after starting 13-0.
Affidavit: Robinson told police he'd taken care of wrestlers' drug problem

Affidavit: Robinson told police he'd taken care of wrestlers' drug problem

The lawyer for wrestling coach J Robinson calls Xanax dealing 'ticky-tack violations,' and says Robinson told U of M police, 'Listen, I'm not going to work with you.'
U women's basketball non-conference schedule filled with tournament teams

U women's basketball non-conference schedule filled with tournament teams

Coach Marlene Stollings' third season at Minnesota's helm will feature a trip to South Carolina, which finished the year at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, and home games against four Sweet Sixteen participants.
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