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Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food
phone: 612-673-4757
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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The Grand Cafe in Minneapolis lives up to its name

The Grand Cafe in Minneapolis lives up to its name

At the revamped south Minneapolis eatery, chefs Jamie Malone and Alan Hlebaen are cooking like no one else in the Twin Cities.
11 food and drink vendors that put the dazzle in Holidazzle

11 food and drink vendors that put the dazzle in Holidazzle

Beyond the mini-doughnuts, deep-fried cheese curds and roasted nuts, Holidazzle offers plenty of out-of-the-box nosh and beverage talent.
We have a winner in this year's Holiday Cookie Contest

We have a winner in this year's Holiday Cookie Contest

Let's bake: Here are the five best recipes from our Holiday Cookie Contest.
German Sour Cream Twists

German Sour Cream Twists

An old-fashioned, pastry-like treat that stands out in a crowd.
Limoncello Kisses

Limoncello Kisses

A classic sugar cookie pops with a bright burst of lemon.
Mocha Cappuccino Cookies

Mocha Cappuccino Cookies

Two kinds of chocolate frosting mean double the indulgence.
Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Toffee Cookies

It's true: toffee improves everything it touches, even cookies.
Cranberry Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies

2017 winner: Rosemary and orange add to the festivities.

Here are 8 steps to cookie-baking success

Foolproof cookies are just eight easy-to-follow tips away.
'Splendid Table' host offers ultimate Thanksgiving turkey

'Splendid Table' host offers ultimate Thanksgiving turkey

This recipe from Lynne Rossetto Kasper is definitely a contender for the "ultimate" title.
Take a closer look at remade Nicollet Mall in Mpls.

Take a closer look at remade Nicollet Mall in Mpls.

After $50 million and 28 disruptive months of construction, the barriers have finally come down on Nicollet Mall, marking its third remake in a half-century.
Make those last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving

Make those last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving

Cosmos One of the region’s most beautiful dining venues is serving a three-course Thanksgiving a la carte dinner from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expect…
A new Indian cookbook, just in time for Thanksgiving

A new Indian cookbook, just in time for Thanksgiving

Use this just-released cookbook to incorporate lively Indian flavors and traditions into your holiday menu.
Three Twin Cities chefs offer favorite recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes

Three Twin Cities chefs offer favorite recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes

Chefs from three leading Twin Cities restaurants take a fresh Thanksgiving table approach to carrots, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts.
St. Paul's Bar Brigade is a neighborhood charmer with a French accent

St. Paul's Bar Brigade is a neighborhood charmer with a French accent

Tiny, comfortable, affordable, likable and loud, Bar Brigade isn't aiming for game-changing.
New cookbook uncovers chef's roots: 'I am a New Englander'

New cookbook uncovers chef's roots: 'I am a New Englander'

Boston chef Matt Jennings has a new, gotta-have cookbook, and he's coming to the Twin Cities this week.
Muffuletta, a St. Paul dining favorite, to close after a 40-year run

Muffuletta, a St. Paul dining favorite, to close after a 40-year run

The first restaurant opened by dining powerhouse Parasole will close on Nov. 11.
New York City Ballet brings iconic Jerome Robbins piece to Minneapolis

New York City Ballet brings iconic Jerome Robbins piece to Minneapolis

An atmospheric Jerome Robbins piece from 1970 is one of five works New York City Ballet Moves is bringing to Northrop auditorium.
510 Lounge gets remake worthy of fabled Minneapolis address

510 Lounge gets remake worthy of fabled Minneapolis address

510 Lounge, formerly La Belle Vie, brings one of the Twin Cities' great dining beauties back to life, beautifully.
New Minneapolis library is stunning inside and out

New Minneapolis library is stunning inside and out

North Minneapolis has a new library, nearly two decades in the making, and it's as beautiful as it is functional.
Tiny Tenant in Minneapolis serves big ambitions, 6 courses at a time

Tiny Tenant in Minneapolis serves big ambitions, 6 courses at a time

Six courses. Fifty bucks. Four chefs. Few frills. Fun ensues.
Celebrate Taste with 'State Fair' at the Heights Theater

Celebrate Taste with 'State Fair' at the Heights Theater

Head to the movies with Taste.
Sweetland Orchard's oh, so refreshing ciders

Sweetland Orchard's oh, so refreshing ciders

Gretchen Perbix strolls among the 2,000 trees in the rambling orchard that she and her husband, Mike, purchased seven years ago. She rattles off the…
Lucia's Restaurant, an Uptown dining landmark, to close

Lucia's Restaurant, an Uptown dining landmark, to close

The 32-year-old farm-to-table pioneer will end its "really great run" on Oct. 14.
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson revisits Twin Cities favorites

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson revisits Twin Cities favorites

Five restaurants and four bakeries in the Twin Cities continue to impress, even when experienced through a newcomer's perspective.
Next step for Minneapolis 4-star chef Paul Berglund: Guiding 3 hot restaurants

Next step for Minneapolis 4-star chef Paul Berglund: Guiding 3 hot restaurants

Former Bachelor Farmer chef is new culinary director at Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza.
Surly Brewing replacing its second-floor Brewer's Table with pizza joint

Surly Brewing replacing its second-floor Brewer's Table with pizza joint

The brewery announces its new concept for the second-floor space above the massive beer hall.
Start your ovens: Holiday cookie contest opens at Star Tribune

Start your ovens: Holiday cookie contest opens at Star Tribune

Our 15th annual holiday contest is now underway, and we need your recipes.
Pillsbury Hall, U's second-oldest building, is in line for $36M in TLC

Pillsbury Hall, U's second-oldest building, is in line for $36M in TLC

After years of failing to make the cut, the beloved building at the University of Minnesota finally is on the shortlist for renovation funding.
3 spots to eat near farmers markets in the Twin Cities

3 spots to eat near farmers markets in the Twin Cities

Time for some Sunday morning farmers market shopping. Then, brunch.
Where is the good food at the Mall of America?

Where is the good food at the Mall of America?

The megamall should use its 25th birthday to rethink its food-and-drink options.
Coastal Seafoods buyer looks back on bringing fresh fish to Midwest

Coastal Seafoods buyer looks back on bringing fresh fish to Midwest

As Tim Lauer starts enjoying his well-earned retirement, the 32-year Coastal Seafoods veteran takes a look back at his influential career.
New cookbook revives Lincoln Del, reveals a few culinary secrets

New cookbook revives Lincoln Del, reveals a few culinary secrets

The famed Jewish deli comes back to life in a remembrance-filled cookbook, written by the founders' granddaughter.
A critic's 12 must-eat, tried-and-true dishes at State Fair

A critic's 12 must-eat, tried-and-true dishes at State Fair

The new fair foods get all the attention, but these tried-and-true standbys are a treat every year.
6 Twin Cities chefs dish on their favorite State Fair foods

6 Twin Cities chefs dish on their favorite State Fair foods

Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen goes for the smoked turkey leg, but it's what he smuggles in to enjoy with it that's noteworthy: "Every year when I walk in I think, 'Is this going to be the year that they bust me?' "
Where are there more great pizza farms near the Twin Cities?

Where are there more great pizza farms near the Twin Cities?

Want to find even more great pizza farms near the Twin Cities? Restaurant critic Rick Nelson offers his picks as he answers readers' questions.
In Wayzata, a four-star French bistro from star chef Gavin Kaysen

In Wayzata, a four-star French bistro from star chef Gavin Kaysen

REVIEW: At Bellecour, Gavin Kaysen pays homage to his mentors, to the benefit of diners.
3 Twin Cities chefs share tips on how to make the most of summer's tomatoes

3 Twin Cities chefs share tips on how to make the most of summer's tomatoes

How many ways can you prepare a summer tomato? We find out from three Twin Cities chefs.
10 reasons why Lynhall in Minneapolis is casual dining's new role model

10 reasons why Lynhall in Minneapolis is casual dining's new role model

REVIEW: Innovative, flavor-conscious and surprisingly affordable, the stylish Lynhall pushes all the right fast-casual buttons.
How innovative restaurants revitalize neglected Twin Cities neighborhoods

How innovative restaurants revitalize neglected Twin Cities neighborhoods

Restaurants as catalysts for both urban and suburban revitalization is a national trend linked, in part, to the internet.
What's new at Twin Cities farmers markets? Try these 5 food products

What's new at Twin Cities farmers markets? Try these 5 food products

Looking for new and innovative food products? They're at the farmers market.
Legendary Lexington returns with well-rendered classics from a top-shelf chef

Legendary Lexington returns with well-rendered classics from a top-shelf chef

The old-but-new supper club is back after sitting dormant since mid-2013.
Why pizza farms are a summer sensation – and 5 you must try near Twin Cities

Why pizza farms are a summer sensation – and 5 you must try near Twin Cities

No, slices of pepperoni are not being cultivated in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin. Instead, farmers are building showy pizza ovens, making dough and hanging a "welcome" sign.
Saying goodbye: 6 months of Twin Cities restaurant closings

Saying goodbye: 6 months of Twin Cities restaurant closings

Meanwhile, on the closings front, it has been a tough six months. Just shy of their 70th birthdays, the Oak Grill and Skyroom restaurants…
Road trip: 24 food-and-drink spots along the Mississippi in Wisconsin

Road trip: 24 food-and-drink spots along the Mississippi in Wisconsin

From rooftops to ice cream shops, pie bakers to beer makers, here are two dozen ideas for eating and drinking in southwestern Wisconsin.
Three top restaurants for the hungry on Wisconsin's western edge

Three top restaurants for the hungry on Wisconsin's western edge

Ready for a road trip? From Chef Shack Bay City to Lovechild and the Driftless Cafe, there's good food for travelers in our neighboring state.
With St. Paul's restaurant boom, there's no way you will go hungry

With St. Paul's restaurant boom, there's no way you will go hungry

With an unprecedented number of dining venues openings over the past six months, here are 13 to try.
Dine outside! 11 new Twin Cities patios to enjoy a summertime meal

Dine outside! 11 new Twin Cities patios to enjoy a summertime meal

From rooftops to decks, there are plenty of new outdoor spaces to grab a bite to eat in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.
Minnesota State Fair reveals 31 new foods including pizza burritos, cookie dough

Minnesota State Fair reveals 31 new foods including pizza burritos, cookie dough

Deep-fried avocados and sweet corn-blueberry eclairs also are among the many new delights that will make their debut when the Great Minnesota Get-Together opens Aug. 24.
St. Paul's Pajarito takes a fresh approach to Mexican food

St. Paul's Pajarito takes a fresh approach to Mexican food

REVIEW: A pair of Uptown chefs have fired up a wood-burning grill to create a St. Paul hot spot.
Surly to close Brewer's Table; chef Jorge Guzman is leaving

Surly to close Brewer's Table; chef Jorge Guzman is leaving

The critically acclaimed venture, a trendsetter in food-and-beer pairings, is another stark measure of fine dining's decline in the Twin Cities.
Immense globe that put Star Tribune lobby on the map is back

Immense globe that put Star Tribune lobby on the map is back

Out of sight for more than three decades, a fascinating and beloved Cold War-era relic is being returned to the public eye by the Star Tribune.
With new chef, new owner, Lucia's in Uptown Minneapolis still impresses

With new chef, new owner, Lucia's in Uptown Minneapolis still impresses

REVIEW: New owner Jason Jenny and his group of investors clearly maintain a healthy respect for Lucia's illustrious prairie-to-plate past, and seem dedicated to preserving as much of the status quo as possible.
Summer Fun 2017: Twin Cities ice cream makers' favorite scoops

Summer Fun 2017: Twin Cities ice cream makers' favorite scoops

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson gets the inside story from a half-dozen local ice cream pros, and shares his own flavor favorites.
Red Rabbit draws a crowd in North Loop, for good reason

Red Rabbit draws a crowd in North Loop, for good reason

REVIEW: A skilled chef — and a terrific bar — are the secret weapons at casual, affordable Red Rabbit.
Cookbook author Amy Thielen remembers her 'hopeful' Minnesota homecoming

Cookbook author Amy Thielen remembers her 'hopeful' Minnesota homecoming

"The New Midwestern Table" author tells what happens when you "Give a Girl a Knife" in her new memoir.
Check out the road construction this weekend in Twin Cities

Check out the road construction this weekend in Twin Cities

Travel carefully.
15 influential immigrant-run Twin Cities restaurants past and present

15 influential immigrant-run Twin Cities restaurants past and present

These 15 immigrant-run restaurants had — or continue to have — an impact on the Twin Cities dining scene.
'Thrilling, and unexpected': Minnesota chefs recall James Beard award wins

'Thrilling, and unexpected': Minnesota chefs recall James Beard award wins

James Beard award-winning chefs share what it's like to win the food world's Oscar.
Ask the Critic: Which Twin Cities restaurants are worth 4-star reviews?

Ask the Critic: Which Twin Cities restaurants are worth 4-star reviews?

You recently gave Restaurant Alma and Cafe Alma a four-star review. What other Twin Cities restaurants merit such a rating?
Butchering 101: Lowry Hill Meats in Minneapolis really goes whole hog

Butchering 101: Lowry Hill Meats in Minneapolis really goes whole hog

At a monthly class, butcher Erik Sather provides an inside look at a rarely seen process.
Wisconsin's Cosmic Wheel Creamery churns out beautiful small-batch cheeses

Wisconsin's Cosmic Wheel Creamery churns out beautiful small-batch cheeses

As with so many farming enterprises, a hobby blossomed into a business, one a Wisconsin couple dubbed Cosmic Wheel Creamery.
1960s Burnsville townhouse development is still stylish today

1960s Burnsville townhouse development is still stylish today

The metro area's original suburban townhouse developments — including this south suburban treasure — yield design lessons for their contemporary counterparts.
Hits and misses: Our critic taste-tests the new foods at Target Field

Hits and misses: Our critic taste-tests the new foods at Target Field

Another baseball season, another round of ballpark fare to enjoy. And judge. Time to step up to the plate at Target Field.
Four stars for the remade Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis

Four stars for the remade Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis

REVIEW: The 17-year-old landmark restaurant, recently expanded and refreshed, is a paragon of Midwestern greatness.
Steak, steak and steak: Manny's restaurant stays in top form over decades

Steak, steak and steak: Manny's restaurant stays in top form over decades

The downtown steakhouse is pushing 30 and going strong. Co-founder Phil Roberts reflects on the restaurant's roots and legacy.
Grab the tartar sauce! Check out these 14 Twin Cities fish fries

Grab the tartar sauce! Check out these 14 Twin Cities fish fries

The meaning of the term "fish fry" is more than a bit malleable. The permutations are endless. So we've compiled a list of Twin Cities fish fries that cater to all kinds of tastes.
It's (almost) spring, and new Twin Cities restaurants are set to bloom

It's (almost) spring, and new Twin Cities restaurants are set to bloom

Food trucks tend to congregate on key downtown Minneapolis streets. Now they're following the same pattern when they go the brick-and-mortar route.O'Cheeze (ocheeze.com), the…
Young Joni in Minneapolis serves up restaurant of the future

Young Joni in Minneapolis serves up restaurant of the future

Review: ⋆⋆⋆½ Inspired by the past yet simultaneously forging ahead, Young Joni will no doubt shape the dining scene for years to come.
St. Louis Park's Punch Bowl Social is 'adult's Chuck E. Cheese's' with better food

St. Louis Park's Punch Bowl Social is 'adult's Chuck E. Cheese's' with better food

At fun-loving Punch Bowl Social, the emphasis is on good times and vaguely Southern fare.
Downtown East's McKinney Roe serves up a showy room, familiar menu

Downtown East's McKinney Roe serves up a showy room, familiar menu

REVIEW: At McKinney Roe in downtown Minneapolis, a crowd-pleasing menu is served in a splashy setting. But when there's a stab at a signature dish, the results don't quite jell. | ★★ out of 4 stars
Dumpling serves up 'funky and interesting' Asian fare in south Minneapolis

Dumpling serves up 'funky and interesting' Asian fare in south Minneapolis

Co-owners got start selling banh mi to coffee shops.
Barnes & Noble's new Edina restaurant has the makings of a bestseller

Barnes & Noble's new Edina restaurant has the makings of a bestseller

REVIEW: Go figure. The most impressive chain restaurant to land in the Twin Cities in — well, we can't remember when — is located inside a bookstore. | ★★½ out of 4 stars
From Piccolo to pizza, the best restaurants for date night in the Twin Cities

From Piccolo to pizza, the best restaurants for date night in the Twin Cities

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson dishes on where to celebrate an anniversary, sip a glass of Italian wine and enjoy brunch.
Favorite Twin Cities burgers of the past year? Our food critic dishes on the best

Favorite Twin Cities burgers of the past year? Our food critic dishes on the best

Here's a taste of the greatest hits from the past year of sampling many versions of one of our favorite dishes.
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