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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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Seth Bixby Daugherty has run top-rated restaurants all over the country. "I'm a consummate volunteer," he said.

Top chef feeds sick Minnesotans — and his soul — at nonprofit Open Arms

After years of running top-rated restaurants, chef Seth Bixby Daugherty has landed his ultimate job.
From ramen to chowder, 7 must-eat soups at Twin Cities restaurants

From ramen to chowder, 7 must-eat soups at Twin Cities restaurants

Winter isn't over just yet. Here is some help in staying warm.
Feta makes a creamy addition to shakshuka, a dish that’s a great fit for brunch — or a quick supper — any time.

Here's how to make shakshuka, the egg dish with the awesome name

It's called shakshuka, and saying this easy-to-prepare dish (shack-shoo-kuh) is as much fun as eating it.
Salty Tart’s cured salmon tartine.

St. Paul's new Salty Tart serves up impeccable, yet easygoing breakfast and lunch

Star pastry chef Michelle Gayer hits a home run in Lowertown.
The octopus bolognese plate with bucatini, masago, and pancetta at Octo Fishbar.

St. Paul's Octo Fishbar is the perfect seafood restaurant for our times

Review: Twin Cities foodies are fortunate to be living in the Tim McKee era.
The chicken sandwich from the Book Club restaurant Feb 9, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

10 new Twin Cities restaurants you should know about

The restaurant scene is bustling with recent openings, including a hot bakery and a vegetarian restaurant in Uptown.
Wayne Kostroski staged the 27th Taste of the NFL on Saturday.

Chefs gather at NFL's 'Party with a Purpose'

The hunger relief fundraiser in St. Paul drew luminaries as varied as former Viking Ben Leber and Cara Mund, 2018 Miss America.
Customers dine at The Lexington in St. Paul.

3 terrific brunch spots in the Twin Cities

Plan your weekend with Esker Grove, the Lexington and Martina.
Kate Jackson and Michael Pilhofer sat at a communal table at Yum! Kitchen and Bakery in St. Louis Park.

Dining with strangers: Communal tables catch on at Minnesota restaurants

After a (very) slow start, Twin Citians seem to be catching up with the way the rest of the world dines.
Ryan Rosenthal, right, worked the register at lunchtime at Simpls.

25 reasons why you should eat in the Minneapolis skyway

Many skyway restaurants will be open longer hours to feed the Super Bowl frenzy.
Wayne Kostroski is staging the 27th Taste of the NFL on Feb. 3.

Taste of the NFL founder excited to bring Super Bowl fundraiser back home

Wayne Kostroski is staging his 27th edition of the Super Bowl's super-fundraiser, the Taste of the NFL.
Burch Steak and Pizza Bar.

Chefs and restaurateurs brace for Super Bowl in the Twin Cities

Chefs and restaurateurs aren't quite sure what to expect.
The burger at Lowry Hill Meats.

12 Super Bowl-inspired restaurant events that you can take advantage of

While it's true that many Super Bowl events are geared for out-of-towners, there are plenty of restaurant-driven occasions for visitors — and locals — to enjoy. Here's a list.
Chef Mike DeCamp in front of a sign for their Sunday night dinner.

Doughnuts today, ramen tomorrow: Twin Cities restaurants change it up

From Monello to Mucci's, more local hot spots are experimenting with the restaurant within a restaurant trend.
Diners can see into and sit by the open kitchen at the Kenwood restaurant in Minneapolis.

Take a seat at the kitchen counter at these 3 Minneapolis restaurants

Corner Table Owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone made an inspired decision when they recruited Borough vet Karyn Tomlinson to run their kitchen. Tomlinson’s work…
Shakshuka — eggs poached in a tomato sauce with onions and peppers — is one of many dishes forecast as up-and-coming in 2018.

What's on the menu for 2018? Check out these food trends

According to food trend forecasts, popped cassava chips, maple, shakshuka and activated charcoal are on the menu for 2018.
The Easy-Bake Oven wall at Lucky Oven Bakery in Minneapolis.

8 trends that rocked the Twin Cities restaurant scene in 2017

Brunch service was as hot as ever, while doughnut shops and vegan-friendly restaurants boomed.
Top 10 Twin Cities dishes of the year

Top 10 Twin Cities dishes of the year

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson looks back at 2017's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.
Chef José Alarcon in what will be the more formal of two dining rooms in his next project, Popol Vuh in northeast Minneapolis.

Let's eat: The most anticipated Twin Cities restaurants of 2018

It'll be another big year for restaurant openings, including a new spot by the owners of Revival.
Diners lunch at Upton 43. The former top-rated restaurant closed earlier this year, and the space is now occupied by the recently opened Martina.

Saying goodbye: More than 60 restaurants closed this year in the Twin Cities

The past 12 months could easily be branded the Year of the Closed Restaurant.
Chef Tim McKee at the bar in the dining room of his Octo Fishbar in St. Paul’s Lowertown.

Trailblazer of the Year: Tim McKee remains one of Minnesota's most daring chefs

Minnesota’s first James Beard award-winning chef had a headline-grabbing year. In the span of 12 months, he left his role as vice president of culinary…
Kim Bartmann at her Tiny Diner in Minneapolis.

Titan of the Year: Kim Bartmann expanded her empire to almost a dozen restaurants

You think you had a busy year? Try being Kim Bartmann. The influential and innovative restaurateur remade her Third Bird — first into
One of two main dining areas of the Lynhall in Minneapolis, designed by Abby Jensen of James Dayton Design.

Instagram's best friend: Why Minneapolis' Lynhall is the best-designed restaurant of the year

Upon opening, this new restaurant near Lyn-Lake instantly became a favorite of local Instagrammers.
Diners at a long table in the center of the dining room of Young Joni.

Restaurant of the Year: Young Joni is true original in northeast Minneapolis

When a gifted pizzamaker combines her Korean background with a fascination for hearth cooking, a one-of-a-kind dining experience follows.
Gavin Kaysen.

Chef of the Year: Gavin Kaysen's standard-setting ways continue with Wayzata's Bellecour

The talent behind Spoon and Stable introduced spectacular French bistro fare – and an equally spectacular bakery – to downtown Wayzata.
Chef Jamie Malone and chef de cuisine Alan Hlaeben sat for a portrait at the Grand Cafe.

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.
Cookies from Thirsty Whale, left, and Twin Cities Paella at Holidazzle in Loring Park.

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.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s formula for roasting at a high temperature yields a Thanksgiving bird with juicy meat and crisp skin.

'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.
The Lexington in St. Paul.

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…
Buttermilk Squash Bharta from “Rasika: Flavors of India."

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.
A roasted Japanese sweet potato from chef Ann Kim, owner of Young Joni.

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.
J.D. Fratzke chatted with customers at the bar at Bar Brigade in St. Paul.

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.
Matt Jennings

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 in St. Paul is closing 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.
Jerome Robbins found inspiration in the piano works of composer Frederic Chopin. “In the Night” features three couples depicted at various stages

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.
The dining room at 510 Lounge.

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.
The exterior of the Webber Park Library features a roomy front porch.

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.
Chef and co-owner Cameron Cecchini, left plated the second course of onion ash gnocchi, Hen of the Woods, and pickled pearl onions with the help of Re

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 26205 Fairlawn Av., Webster, 651-252-4337, sweetland

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 is closing after a distinguished 32-year run.

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.
Herring at Spoon and Stable

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.
Chef Paul Berglund will become culinary director of Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza.

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 will be opening a pizza restaurant in its former Brewer’s Table space.

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.
The 2016 winner: Nut Goodie Thumbprints.

Start your ovens: Holiday cookie contest opens at Star Tribune

Our 15th annual holiday contest is now underway, and we need your recipes.
This photo of Pillsbury Hall was taken on Sept. 19, 1926.

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.
Harriet Brasserie in Linden Hills.

3 spots to eat near farmers markets in the Twin Cities

Time for some Sunday morning farmers market shopping. Then, brunch.
Shake Shack opened its first Minnesota location at the Mall of America in 2016.

Where is the good food at the Mall of America?

The megamall should use its 25th birthday to rethink its food-and-drink options.
Tim Lauer's last day at Coastal Seafoods in Minneapolis.

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.
The exterior of the Lincoln Del on West Lake Street.

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.
Danielson’s & Daughters
That I don’t file onion rings under “battered-and-deep-fried” is indicative of my general head-in-the-sand dietary vie

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.
Who doesn't love Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies?

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?' "
A pizza from Pleasant Grove Pizza Farm in Waseca.

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.
Like Spoon and Stable, Bellecour’s crisply elegant interior was designed by Minneapolis design firm Shea, but with a more intimate scale.

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.
Tomatoes are the backbone of many favorite dishes.

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.
The Lynhall marries high culinary style with quick service and moderate prices.

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.
Chef and co-owner Leonard Anderson stands for a portrait in front of Tongue in Cheek, in St. Paul.

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.
Garlic sauces from Grlk.

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.
The Lexington’s clubby bar got a makeover.

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.
A rundown on pizza farms close to the metro area. Photo by Rick Nelson

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.
Piccolo in south Minneapolis closed in March.

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…
Homemade Cafe in Pepin serves fresh homemade strawberry pies.

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.
Lovechild co-owner Joan Ferris in the dining room of her downtown La Crosse restaurant.

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.
Pajarito co-owners and co-chefs Tyge Nelson, left, and Stephan Hesse.

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.
Colleagues from Worrell made a toast on the patio at the Red Rabbit in Minneapolis’ North Loop area.

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.
One of the new foods coming to the State Fair: Memphis Totchos (sliced bananas and sauteed bacon over tater tots, topped with peanut sauce) at Snack H

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.
Pajarito's Salsa and chips — Ancho-Guajillo, Charred Tomato, Avocado-Serrano, Arbol Cashew, Chipotle, Habanero. Guacamole.

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.
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