Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food
Phone: 612-673-4757
Rick Nelson is a restaurant critic and food writer, and he and Claude Peck are the "RN" and "CP," respectively, of Withering Glance, a Sunday column in variety. He also blogs with Lee Svitak Dean in a food blog, Table Talk.

Recent content from Rick Nelson

Date night at the State Fair

Traveling in pairs can be the best way to get the most out of the madness that is Minnesota State Fair. Here are food-and-drink suggestions for making an evening at the fair a memorable one.

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 08:43 PM

Restaurant news: Nighthawks and Nadia Cakes

Another restaurant for 38th and NicolletIt’s beginning to look as if 2014 might go down in the history books as...

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 05:45 PM

Eating healthy (OK, healthier) at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is probably home to more deep-fried foods than any other place on Earth. Which means that eating healthy — OK, healthier — isn’t easy. But it can be done.

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 05:56 PM

Rick Nelson samples the best new State Fair foods ever

When the history books are written, 2014 will surely go down as a record-setting year for new foods at the Minnesota State Fair, and a primary reason can be summarized in three words: West End Market.

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 06:32 PM

Withering Glance on the essence of Midwesternness

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Rick Nelson: Local fare shines at the Fair

There are more than 500 different foods available at the State Fair. This year, more than ever before, fairgoers can experience an actual taste of Minnesota.

Updated: August 21, 2014, - 09:33 AM

All aboard! Dining along the Green Line

The just-opened Green Line isn’t just a $957 million between-the-downtowns people-mover. With dozens of restaurants along its 11-mile route, think of the Twin Cities’ second light-rail line as a pathway to culinary adventure.

Updated: August 14, 2014, - 09:08 PM

Copper Hen reflects changing face of Eat Street

REVIEW: The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen shouts comfort at the table, whatever meal it may be.

Updated: August 13, 2014, - 04:16 PM

Two dozen taste-bud thrills added to Minn. State Fair

The world’s on-a-stick capital isn’t resting on its battered and deep-fried laurels, pledging butter-poached “Canadian lobster pieces,” sausage-egg-pancake sandwiches, gluten-free brats and a shrimp/cream-cheese concoction.

Updated: August 13, 2014, - 02:40 PM

A quick-service cultural shift at Agra Culture Kitchen & Press

At health-conscious Agra Culture Kitchen & Press, speed — and flavor – is life. And a recipe for a path to success.

Updated: August 06, 2014, - 02:34 PM

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