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How time flies: Chef and caterer Heather Jansz, the self-proclaimed Curry Diva, has been cooking in the Twin Cities for 40 years.
Spoon and Stable owner plans a French brasserie in the former Blue Point space in early 2017.
Whether you head north or south, one thing's for sure: You'll eat (and drink) very well. Here are 15 summer dining recommendations from Bayfield, Wis., to Lake City, Minn.
If you've ever wondered what fast food looked like before McDonald's ran roughshod over the American landscape, the hash-slinging Hi-Lo is a good place to start.
Wedge, Linden Hills, Eastside pitching plan to 32,000 members
The fair announced a bevy of new delights for the great Minnesota get-together. Some may become favorites, while others land on the roadside in the heap of not-so-great ideas.
Breakfast Weekdays, nothing beats the plate-size, nutty-brown buttermilk pancakes and the rib-sticking egg dishes from At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. Weekends, the…
We've charted nearly 40 don't-miss Twin Ports dining options, from old (the 102-year-old Pickwick Restaurant & Bar) to new (the just-opened Northern Waters) and everything in between. Discover them by location, or by eight easy-to-search categories.
Seasoned veterans — and a new generation of food-and-drink enthusiasts — are spicing up the city's culinary scene. Here are 40-plus options, just in time for that trip Up North.
The Minnehaha Avenue restaurant closed last weekend, and owner Steve Benowitz and his crew are taking a few frenzied weeks to renovate and rebrand.
Food and Wine magazine describes the list as the "10 most exciting places to eat in America right now."
Enjoy the patios, terraces, decks, verandas, rooftops, sidewalk cafes and other fresh-air venues at Twin Cities restaurants.
REVIEW: Lou Nanne's name may imply a sports theme, but this Edina restaurant holds its own on food.
Friday is that cherished American holiday, National Doughnut Day. How will you be celebrating?YoYo Donuts (5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, 952-960-1800, yoyodonuts.com) goes all-out. "Anyone…
Do you prefer the meatballs, herring or gravlax? Maybe the lutefisk? With "rock star" Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson in town this week at the American Swedish Institute, we look at the local flavors of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
It has become a familiar downtown Minneapolis story: Culinary entrepreneurs bravely try to revive the glorious art deco landmark that is the Forum Cafeteria. Sadly, the effort fails.
The latest generation of rolling restaurants means if there's a street, you'll find something to eat.
While other metro-area drive-ins have blossomed during this early spring, one has remained quiet: the Galaxy Drive In in St. Louis Park.
Smashburger's co-founder and chief brand officer pulls back the curtain at the fast-growing chain.
Here's a look at new restaurants that have opened in the Twin Cities.
Paul Berglund, chef of the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, was named Best Chef: Midwest by the James Beard Foundation on Monday evening. We caught up with him two days later.
After spending five years at the helm at Wise Acre Eatery (5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-2577, wiseacreeatery.com), chef Beth Fisher and general manager…
A night of glamour and good food makes this our favorite awards ceremony.
Paul Berglund has been named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, only the fourth Minnesota chef to receive the award.
Follow the events tonight with restaurant critic Rick Nelson, who will be reporting from the awards ceremony.
A north Minneapolis boxing club instills valuable lessons to neighborhood kids, including the firsthand benefits of a well-balanced diet.
With tried-and-true cooking at reasonable prices, newcomers Sheridan Room and the Draft Horse redefine neighborhood restaurants.
Barbette owner Kim Bartmann has taken over an adjacent storefront and is converting the former hair salon into Trapeze, a Champagne bar.
Never mind "The Nutcracker." George Balanchine's glorious "Serenade" – a pivotal work in American dance – finally returns to Northrop.
Food truck season has returned, and with it, a bevy of delicious new (or, newish) options, ranging from barbecue to coffee to soul food to good stuff in between. It's time to hit the road and get eating.
The food world's story du jour? It's the examination of farm-to-table practices in the Florida metro region by the Tampa Bay Times restaurant critic Laura Reiley.
At Cafe Lurçat, entrees can easily slip into the $40s (and higher), and the kitchen thinks nothing of charging $12 for a side of roasted cauliflower. Lovingly roasted cauliflower. But still.
If you're not in the mood for ballpark fare, check out these Minneapolis restaurants.
Restored eatery stays true to its roots while bringing people to the neighborhood around the clock.
This year's competition is returning to St. Paul's Harriet Island and will feature 25 Twin Cities restaurants; 15 are returning from the 2015 contest.
REVIEW: Steven Brown lights up south Minneapolis with a second restaurant, St. Genevieve. Leave it to Brown to undersell and overdeliver.
At breakfast, lunch and dinner, in restaurants across the Twin Cities area, chefs have taken their focus off the plate and are concentrating on what's in the bowl.
On his annual winter retreat in the California desert, the Star Tribune's restaurant critic found surprising new options.
REVIEW: Chef Wyatt Evans modernizes what he calls "farmhouse" cooking, with winning results, at Heirloom in St. Paul.
How do you properly celebrate 70 years in the restaurant business?If you're Anthony Polski, and your grandfather founded Market Bar-B-Que (1414 Nicollet Av. S.,…
REVIEW: At the wildly original Upton 43, chef Erick Harcey puts a heartfelt spin on his Nordic heritage.
Two Minnesota chefs are in the running for a 2016 James Beard Foundation award. Paul Berglund of the Bachelor Farmer (50…
The Canadian deep-fried, gravy-slathered delicacy is being served at tonight's state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Vincent may have closed, but the downtown Minneapolis restaurant's beloved Vincent Burger lives on.
The founder of the New French Bakery is now operating the state's only large-scale bean-to-bar operation. Here's a gold-ticket tour.
Leave it to the mighty creative forces at Travail Kitchen & Amusements in Robbinsdale to stretch the definition of "pop-up."
For Duluth author Lucie Amundsen, a pasture-raised chicken operation inspired a page-turning memoir.
REVIEW: Skilled cooking, reasonable prices and a well-tuned bar outweigh the spotty service and characterless surroundings.
Hungry? Chain restaurants abound when it comes to lunch in the Minneapolis skyway system. But these new, independently owned eateries — from world cuisines to salads — are bringing delicious offerings to downtown's second floor.
Here are before-and-after shots of the street corners of downtown Minneapolis, 1960 to 2016. In many cases, it's tough to make the case that today's streetscape is an improvement over yesterday's. But judge for yourself.
At some Twin Cities area restaurants, chefs are stepping into the pizza arena — some for the first time — to change the way we think about one of life's great pleasures.
The Seward Co-op branches out and blossoms as it broadens the notion of sustainability.
Three cured meats receive notice at the national Good Food Awards competition.
A vegan butcher shop? Isn't that an oxymoron? But siblings Aubry and Kale (yep, that's his name) Walch are defying expectations.
Beginning in March, D'Amico and Partners is out, and Culinaire International is in at the Walker Art Center.
REVIEW: Despite the intent of Lowcountry cooking, the real attention-getter at 4 Bells is seafood.
Chef Todd Macdonald is out at six-month-old Parella.
For Sameh Wadi, chef/co-owner of the superb Saffron Restaurant & Lounge and quick-service World Street Kitchen, a foray into ice cream feels right.
Before we greet the new year, let's take a look (way) back into the Star Tribune's archives, for a peek into the careers of those who continue to influence the local culinary scene.
From pancakes to pie and pasta, Rick Nelson goes back into his 2015 dining-out diary and highlights the year's 10 most memorable dishes.
Twin Cities dining trends of the year included variations on raw food, eating in the suburbs and going Italian.
Minneapolis' four-star Spoon and Stable immediately earned its reputation — with good reason — as the toughest reservation in town since the doors opened late last year. It's our restaurant of the year.
Pecans, cinnamon and cardamom, paired with Minnesota-raised apples, are a combination that becomes even more festive with a celestial presentation. The resulting cookie is the winner in our annual Holiday Cookie Contest.
On the subject of making cookies, this teacher knows best.
Of course, "ultimate" is in the eye of the beholder. But this recipe – from Lynne Rossetto Kasper of public radio's "The Splendid Table" – is definitely a contender for the title.
REVIEW: At the next-generation hotel restaurant that is Monello, chef Mike DeCamp is demonstrating his crudo- and pasta-making skills. And how.
Downstairs from Monello is downtown's latest speakeasy, Constantine. And it's a hoot. Visually, anyway.
The expansive menu at Ling & Louie's in Minneapolis has a something-for-everyone vibe. As is often the case, what happens is that by hoping to please everyone, it ends up pleasing no one. | ★½ out of 4 stars
Although the name on the door has read "Macy's" for the past nine years, for many Minneapolitans 700 Nicollet will forever be "Dayton's." But downsizing has left the downtown building half-empty, its future uncertain.
We're two months away from the new year, but industry trendspotters are already laying out forecasts for what we'll be eating and drinking in 2016.
With an English-language cookbook, modernist chef Enrique Olvera is reaching new audiences. He's visiting Minnesota this week.
After 14 years, the French restaurant is closing its doors, the latest in a list of high-profile closings in the Twin Cities
When the news was announced that La Belle Vie was closing on Oct. 24 after a 17-year-run, the four-star restaurant's remaining reservations were snapped up in a few hours.
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