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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.
Ferran Adrià, the Salvador Dali of the cooking world – along with his disciple, José Andrés – mesmerized an overflow audience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art last week.
After 17 years, the top-rated Minneapolis restaurant is a victim of changing tastes and rising costs.
In the end, it all comes down to two components: the patty and the bun. Mess either one up, and it's back to the starting gate.
At tons-of-fun Saint Dinette in St. Paul, rising star chef Adam Eaton skillfully refashions the familiar. Lowertown is fortunate to have him.
REVIEW: The dazzling Forum Cafeteria, rechristened Il Foro, has a chef-worth-watching in the kitchen, and he's cooking with an Italian accent.
The change is driven in part by semantics.
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Versatile cauliflower is adept at taking on all kinds of global flavors for the dinner table.
What's on your list of once-a-year treats at the Minnesota State Fair? We asked a dozen Twin Cities chefs for their favorites.
Quantity wins over quality in this year's nod to over-the-top excess in a season that boasts the most-ever new State Fair foods. We sampled dozens of offerings and rated them all.
The most underrated food category at the Minnesota State Fair? Breakfast. Think about it. The crowds? Thin. The parking? Easy. The heat? Coming later. The prices? Reasonable.
When Woody Harrelson came to the Twin Cities to make a movie earlier this summer, Birchwood Cafe chef Marshall Paulsen helped keep the star on his raw foods diet.
Famous for his towering St. Paul Cathedral and lavish Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, French architect Emmanuel Masqueray completed many smaller churches, too, including four in St. Paul.
At Revival, chef Thomas Boemer is masterfully re-creating the cherished foods of his Southern childhood. You'll want to get in line. Now.
While Lake Minnetonka has long been a water-centric retreat for day-trippers, weekenders and summer residents, the past few years have witnessed the development of another draw to its shores. Namely, food.
On weekdays and weekends, four Minneapolis restaurants are making breakfast better.
Summer is in full swing. Get out there in the fresh air and sunshine, and dine. Here are our favorite restaurant patios in the Twin Cities.
Sweeten July 4th picnics – or any summertime celebration – with easy-to-prepare bars.
Let the calorie counting begin. Every year in June, the Minnesota State Fair unleashes its official list of new foods to a hungry public. More…
After 16 years of working undercover, our restaurant critic shows his face. Here's why.
"America's next great food city" is how Saveur puts it in the magazine's July issue.
Where would the state's thriving food scene be without women? For this year's Taste 50, we look at the visionary chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, bakers, writers and entrepreneurs who are making Minnesota a food-lover's haven.
The deaths of children have prompted the resignations of child protection officials around the country. Meanwhile, a national commission is studying ways to better protect children from abuse and death.
REVIEW: The food and drink at St. Paul's dazzling new minor league ballpark sometimes live up to the stadium's good looks.
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson answers this reader question and others, including ones about morels, hot dog buns, newcomers, wine bars and Ecuadorean fare.
REVIEW: Chef Gavin Kaysen's Spoon and Stable is a Twin Cities rarity in that it is a fully realized restaurant experience, with each aspect of its operation polished to a highly professional shine. That's among the many reasons it earns four stars.
Beloved family recipes provide a portal into the life of a woman I wish I'd known.
The creative-energy-to-burn ownership behind Travail Kitchen & Amusements in Robbinsdale is taking on another project, and it's a doozy.
After 15 years, Julie Steenerson and Tanya Siebenaler look forward to "the next chapter."
Minnesotans were well-represented at the ceremony, but ultimately were shut out.
A lot of excitement but no wins for the Minnesota finalists at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday.
A lot of excitement but no wins for the Minnesota finalists at the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night, at press time.
Italian cuisine is routinely singled out as Americans' favorite foreign fare. But here in the Twin Cities, we're not exactly awash in Italian restaurants. Serious ones, anyway. That's about to change.
After growing up in a restaurant-owning family, Hai Truong chose a different career path out of college. But the lure of the kitchen proved an irresistible gravitational force.
Griffith and Cheryl Day have just released a follow-up to their popular "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook." Like the modernized renditions of time-tested pies, cakes, cookies and bars served at their nostalgia-fueled bakery in Savannah, Ga., the new book is "Made With Love."
Hai Truong chose a different career path out of college. But the lure of the kitchen proved an irresistible gravitational force.
The auditorium's 2015-16 dance season is full of audience favorites, from ballet to tap to jazz.
Hungry? How about a burger? Every week, Taste restaurant critic Rick Nelson takes a look at the best that Twin Cities restaurants have to offer on Burger Friday.
After seven years of growing organics, the Twin Cities natural foods co-op is going to concentrate on sales.
How an 1890 building, filled with antiques and run as a restaurant for 41 years, sparked the revival of one of the oldest, most picturesque districts in Minneapolis.
A Minneapolis firm on a spartan budget replaced a 1980s eyesore with an inviting library for the 21st century.
Spoons in hand, a native son returns to offer 4-star splendor in the North Loop.
Kieran Folliard, a modern-day Pied Piper, is drawing artisanal food producers into a unique facility.
It's the first time a Minnesota restaurant has been nominated in the national category.
After 20-plus years of dreaming about competing in the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, John Kraus got his wish. He came home with the bronze medal, a huge accomplishment.
We'll soon be living — and dining — in a post-Modern Cafe world. Cue tears.
There's plenty of promise in a pair of neighborhood cafes, one launched by a cycling-obsessed Belgian, the other from a farmers-market success story.
Brunch on the way Just in time for Easter, two top-performing Minneapolis restaurants are dipping into Sunday brunch for the first time: Brasserie Zentral…
A City Council member has a delicious vision for the art deco wonder.
A Minneapolis City Council member has a delicious vision for the art deco wonder that is the downtown post office.
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