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Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food
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Rick Nelson is a restaurant critic and food writer. He also blogs with Lee Svitak Dean in a food blog, Table Talk.
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These 3 Twin Cities area restaurants make holiday season sparkle

These 3 Twin Cities area restaurants make holiday season sparkle

Make merry this month at these three holiday-centric restaurants.
Ready to bake a winner? Here are the top treats from our Holiday Cookie Contest

Ready to bake a winner? Here are the top treats from our Holiday Cookie Contest

Since 2003, the Taste Holiday Cookie Contest has been shining a spotlight on wonderful recipes. This year's top winner is a doozy, and it involves that beloved made-in-Minnesota candy bar, the Nut Goodie.
Yes, grocery shopping on Thanksgiving Day is possible — here's what's open

Yes, grocery shopping on Thanksgiving Day is possible — here's what's open

Ran out of green beans? Your pie crust is a flop? It's not too late.
Now open: Tullibee, in the Hewing Hotel

Now open: Tullibee, in the Hewing Hotel

Surprise! A stylish new hotel is home to a stylish new restaurant.
'Barefoot Contessa' talks turkey (and Paris and mayonnaise) in Mpls.

'Barefoot Contessa' talks turkey (and Paris and mayonnaise) in Mpls.

Here's what TV's "Barefoot Contessa" had to say when she brought her famously approachable brand of home cooking to Minnesota.
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…
Town Talk Diner again the talk of Minneapolis

Town Talk Diner again the talk of Minneapolis

REVIEW: New ownership at the Lake Street landmark is ushering in a new (and tasty) era.
Check out the Savory Bake House for its pot pies, sandwiches and sweets

Check out the Savory Bake House for its pot pies, sandwiches and sweets

At Savory Bake House, go for the hand pies, but don't overlook the sweets.
Big winners at the Charlie Awards are Joan's in the Park, chef J.D. Fratzke, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Big winners at the Charlie Awards are Joan's in the Park, chef J.D. Fratzke, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Top honors at the sixth annual celebration go to Joan's in the Park, chef J.D. Fratzke of the Strip Club and public radio's Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
In Linden Hills, Rose Street Patisserie shines

In Linden Hills, Rose Street Patisserie shines

Baker John Kraus has expanded upon his Patisserie 46, and the results are impressive.
Bachelor Farmer spreads happiness with new daytime bakery/cafe

Bachelor Farmer spreads happiness with new daytime bakery/cafe

A casual daytime cafe at the Bachelor Farmer is a standard-setter for the genre.
Best and worst foods at U.S. Bank Stadium, ranked by our food critic

Best and worst foods at U.S. Bank Stadium, ranked by our food critic

Critic Rick Nelson picks the good catches – and the fumbles – of the food at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Watch: A peek inside our holiday cookie contest

Watch: A peek inside our holiday cookie contest

You'll have to wait until Dec. 1 for the big reveal. But this video offers clues of what's to come.
Wedge and Linden Hills co-ops to merge; Eastside says no

Wedge and Linden Hills co-ops to merge; Eastside says no

The two south Minneapolis natural foods co-ops have been around since the mid-1970s and have a combined 25,000 members. The vote in favor of consolidating operations was 80 percent.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper's go-to soup for winter

Lynne Rossetto Kasper's go-to soup for winter

This easy Moroccan recipe is the one that "The Splendid Table" host relies upon when the weather turns cold.
La Belle Vie space gets new tenant — chef of nearby Kenwood

La Belle Vie space gets new tenant — chef of nearby Kenwood

Chef Don Saunders says his new 510 Lounge will focus on dinner and private events.
Brooklyn Park finally gets a landmark library

Brooklyn Park finally gets a landmark library

With its gorgeous new library, Brooklyn Park has the civic landmark that it has long deserved.
Last call for cookie recipes for annual holiday baking contest

Last call for cookie recipes for annual holiday baking contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.
Mpls. pastry chef is first American to join 'secret order' of world's baking elite

Mpls. pastry chef is first American to join 'secret order' of world's baking elite

John Kraus of Patisserie 46 and Rose Street Patisserie practiced his baking — and his French — to become a member of Relais Desserts.
Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.
Chef Lenny Russo dishes on closing of Heartland restaurant in St. Paul

Chef Lenny Russo dishes on closing of Heartland restaurant in St. Paul

Asked what's going to happen Jan. 1 when his landmark farm-to-table restaurant is closed, Russo says: "What I'll be doing in the short term, I don't know."
Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.
Heartland, Twin Cities' farm-to-table pioneer, to close Dec. 31

Heartland, Twin Cities' farm-to-table pioneer, to close Dec. 31

"The restaurant is closing because we're done, and we want to do other things," said chef Lenny Russo. "I'm 58. I don't have any peers my age. They're all much younger than me. It's time."
Get ready for a slew of mouth-watering Twin Cities restaurant debuts

Get ready for a slew of mouth-watering Twin Cities restaurant debuts

Casual cafes, high-end eateries, Dunkin' Donuts and many, many more are set to open in the Twin Cities in the next three months.
Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.
Forget dorm food: New spots near U of Minn. offer ramen, pizza and more

Forget dorm food: New spots near U of Minn. offer ramen, pizza and more

Students, faculty and staff have returned to the University of Minnesota to discover a ton of new (and newish) food and drink options near its sprawling Minneapolis campus. Here's what's worth checking out.
Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Get baking: It's time for the annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest

Enter your recipe in our annual holiday cookie contest.
Fair State Brewing adding production facility in St. Paul

Fair State Brewing adding production facility in St. Paul

Fair State Brewing of Minneapolis will add a production facility in Midway District
Foodies can't wait for these 3 Twin Cities restaurants to open

Foodies can't wait for these 3 Twin Cities restaurants to open

Thinking about an expansion and two reboots is making us hungry.
Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods

Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods

Many foods introduced at the Minnesota State Fair fade into obscurity. But each year, a few take on a classic, Pronto Pup-like stature.
What do Twin Cities chefs eat at the Minnesota State Fair?

What do Twin Cities chefs eat at the Minnesota State Fair?

We asked nine Twin Cities area chefs for their food favorites at the Minnesota State Fair.
26 new Minnesota State Fair foods: A bevy of delights

26 new Minnesota State Fair foods: A bevy of delights

Which will wear the crown? Which will belly flop? Pass the Pepto-Bismol, and let's get through this.
Sweet Martha's cookies to be State Fair's only kosher-certified food stand

Sweet Martha's cookies to be State Fair's only kosher-certified food stand

"I've lived here for eight years, and I've been dreaming that my family would have something to eat at the fair," a Twin Cities rabbi said about popular Sweet Martha's, whose sales hit $3.3 million at the 2015 fair.
Say goodbye to these four U-area restaurants

Say goodbye to these four U-area restaurants

Big changes are coming to Stadium Village. Four neighboring restaurants, with a combined track record of 135 years in business, are closing.
Owners of Corner Table, Revival will anchor huge Schmidt Brewery project

Owners of Corner Table, Revival will anchor huge Schmidt Brewery project

A group of leading south Minneapolis restaurateurs will be the lead tenants in the Keg & Case Market, an ambitious, food-centered project at the Schmidt Brewery complex.
Hi-Lo Diner lights up Lake Street with classic food 'from scratch'

Hi-Lo Diner lights up Lake Street with classic food 'from scratch'

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.
Eight great things to do, dining- and drinking-wise, before summer's over

Eight great things to do, dining- and drinking-wise, before summer's over

Time's a-wasting. The official last day of summer is Sept. 22. That's in seven weeks. Labor Day is in less than four weeks. Summer is slipping away, so why not make the most of it? Let's count this down.
Piccolo chef Doug Flicker to run new Walker Art Center restaurant

Piccolo chef Doug Flicker to run new Walker Art Center restaurant

With an early December opening in the works, there are few concrete details, menu-wise. Still, this much is certain: Flicker will be serving dinner six nights a week.
50 ways to explore the new Eat Street on Nicollet

50 ways to explore the new Eat Street on Nicollet

From baked goodness to late-night-eating to the best brunches, explore 50 tasty options along Eat Street.
New Eat Street: Dining journey along Nicollet has never been better

New Eat Street: Dining journey along Nicollet has never been better

Eat Street — that's the enclave of restaurants on Nicollet Avenue just south of downtown Minneapolis — will officially mark its 20th anniversary next year. Here's a look at everything it has to offer.
Uptown gets a soda fountain, dripping in nostalgia

Uptown gets a soda fountain, dripping in nostalgia

When La La Homemade Ice Cream finally opens in a week or two in a former kids' shoe store, it will be something of a homecoming for owner Jennifer Lisburg.
Good Earth will have a counter-service Field Day at Ridgedale

Good Earth will have a counter-service Field Day at Ridgedale

The Good Earth (Galleria, Edina, 952-925-1001, and 1901 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, 651-636-0956, goodearthmn.com), part of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, is adding a third location.…
In search of lost flavors: What's next for the artisanal food movement?

In search of lost flavors: What's next for the artisanal food movement?

Author Patric Kuh examines how, by embracing forgotten flavors, artisanal food producers are staking out a delicious future.
3 flavorful new restaurants in Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood

3 flavorful new restaurants in Minneapolis' oldest neighborhood

Cross the Missippippi River for Mexican, Japanese and Mediterranean flavors.
5 fabulous new Minneapolis farmers market finds you'll want to try

5 fabulous new Minneapolis farmers market finds you'll want to try

Waffles, broth, almond milk and more: Vendors at Twin Cities farmers markets bring new flavors.

The Curry Diva and her $18 south Minneapolis bargain

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 chef Gavin Kaysen to open Wayzata restaurant

Spoon and Stable chef Gavin Kaysen to open Wayzata restaurant

Spoon and Stable owner plans a French brasserie in the former Blue Point space in early 2017.
North or south? 15 dining recommendations for summer road trips

North or south? 15 dining recommendations for summer road trips

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.
June 22: Wedge, Eastside and Linden Hills co-ops exploring merger

June 22: Wedge, Eastside and Linden Hills co-ops exploring merger

Wedge, Linden Hills, Eastside pitching plan to 32,000 members
Sushi with Spam, candied bacon doughnuts among new State Fair foods

Sushi with Spam, candied bacon doughnuts among new State Fair foods

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.
Eating through Duluth, one category at a time

Eating through Duluth, one category at a time

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…
Our favorite don't-miss Duluth restaurants, from old to new, by searchable map

Our favorite don't-miss Duluth restaurants, from old to new, by searchable map

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.
Destination, Duluth: What's new in dining that you don't want to miss

Destination, Duluth: What's new in dining that you don't want to miss

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.
Restaurant news: Rail Station getting makeover

Restaurant news: Rail Station getting makeover

The Minnehaha Avenue restaurant closed last weekend, and owner Steve Benowitz and his crew are taking a few frenzied weeks to renovate and rebrand.
Surly's Brewer's Table named one of the '10 most exciting' restaurants

Surly's Brewer's Table named one of the '10 most exciting' restaurants

Food and Wine magazine describes the list as the "10 most exciting places to eat in America right now."
The best outdoor dining spots in the Twin Cities, from sidewalks to rooftops

The best outdoor dining spots in the Twin Cities, from sidewalks to rooftops

Enjoy the patios, terraces, decks, verandas, rooftops, sidewalk cafes and other fresh-air venues at Twin Cities restaurants.
Lou Nanne's, where celebrity and steaks meet, holds its own

Lou Nanne's, where celebrity and steaks meet, holds its own

REVIEW: Lou Nanne's name may imply a sports theme, but this Edina restaurant holds its own on food.
News for the hungry: Doughnut Day and the arrival of Shake Shack

News for the hungry: Doughnut Day and the arrival of Shake Shack

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…
Looking for great Nordic cuisine in the Twin Cities? Here's what's cooking

Looking for great Nordic cuisine in the Twin Cities? Here's what's cooking

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.
Another restaurant (Il Foro) calls it quits in Minneapolis Forum space

Another restaurant (Il Foro) calls it quits in Minneapolis Forum space

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.
Summer Fun 2016: The best new food trucks

Summer Fun 2016: The best new food trucks

The latest generation of rolling restaurants means if there's a street, you'll find something to eat.
St. Louis Park's Galaxy Drive In restaurant is closed, up for sale

St. Louis Park's Galaxy Drive In restaurant is closed, up for sale

While other metro-area drive-ins have blossomed during this early spring, one has remained quiet: the Galaxy Drive In in St. Louis Park.
Behind the scenes at Smashburger

Behind the scenes at Smashburger

Smashburger's co-founder and chief brand officer pulls back the curtain at the fast-growing chain.
New restaurant openings: Hub City Cafe, T-Rex Cookie and Spitz

New restaurant openings: Hub City Cafe, T-Rex Cookie and Spitz

Here's a look at new restaurants that have opened in the Twin Cities.
James Beard winner Paul Berglund celebrates 'wonderful milestone' with gratitude — and Rick Bayless

James Beard winner Paul Berglund celebrates 'wonderful milestone' with gratitude — and Rick Bayless

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.
Chefs leave Wise Acre and Co-op Creamery

Chefs leave Wise Acre and Co-op Creamery

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…
James Beard Awards are a feast for food junkies

James Beard Awards are a feast for food junkies

A night of glamour and good food makes this our favorite awards ceremony.
Bachelor Farmer chef Paul Berglund wins a food-world Oscar

Bachelor Farmer chef Paul Berglund wins a food-world Oscar

Paul Berglund has been named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, only the fourth Minnesota chef to receive the award.
2 Twin Cities chefs in running for James Beard awards tonight

2 Twin Cities chefs in running for James Beard awards tonight

Follow the events tonight with restaurant critic Rick Nelson, who will be reporting from the awards ceremony.
Punches and peas: Minneapolis gym teaches boxing — and nutrition

Punches and peas: Minneapolis gym teaches boxing — and nutrition

A north Minneapolis boxing club instills valuable lessons to neighborhood kids, including the firsthand benefits of a well-balanced diet.
Northeast's Sheridan Room and Draft Horse redefine comfort food

Northeast's Sheridan Room and Draft Horse redefine comfort food

With tried-and-true cooking at reasonable prices, newcomers Sheridan Room and the Draft Horse redefine neighborhood restaurants.
Mpls. restaurant Barbette bubbles over with champagne-based addition

Mpls. restaurant Barbette bubbles over with champagne-based addition

Barbette owner Kim Bartmann has taken over an adjacent storefront and is converting the former hair salon into Trapeze, a Champagne bar.
Balanchine's glorious 'Serenade' is ultimate starter ballet

Balanchine's glorious 'Serenade' is ultimate starter ballet

Never mind "The Nutcracker." George Balanchine's glorious "Serenade" – a pivotal work in American dance – finally returns to Northrop.
Check out the road construction this weekend in Twin Cities

Check out the road construction this weekend in Twin Cities

New Twin Cities food trucks hitting streets – here are our top picks

New Twin Cities food trucks hitting streets – here are our top picks

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.
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