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Sharyn Jackson

Reporter | Food and drink
Phone: 612-673-4853

Sharyn Jackson is a features reporter covering the Twin Cities' vibrant food and drink scene.


A New Jersey native, Jackson moved to Minneapolis in 2014, when she joined the Star Tribune as a general assignment features writer. She was previously a news reporter for USA Today and the Des Moines Register, and an arts writer and editor at the Village Voice in New York City. She earned a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jackson is a leader of the Minnesota chapter of NLGJA - the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and is a Livingston Award finalist.
Recent content from Sharyn Jackson
Pizza Karma has three tandoor ovens.

New pizza restaurant from famed Indian chef opens in Eden Prairie

The country's first tandoor clay-oven pizzeria is the newest addition to the Twin Cities' increasingly global suburban strip mall foodscape.
Inside Willards, a former 100-year-old department store in Cambridge.

Acclaimed chef brings 'The Perfect Burger' to new eatery in Cambridge

The site of Erick Harcey's newest restaurant is a 100-year-old department store in Cambridge.
The Penny Poutine Burger at Piggy Bank in Uptown Minneapolis.

Piggy Bank bringing burgers and vegan bar food to troubled Uptown Minneapolis address

In recent years, it's been home to Vietnamese, Mexican, Southern, pizza and a gay sports bar.
St. Paul chef Justin Sutherland has been cast on “Top Chef.”

St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant shows his Minnesota pride in season premiere

Justin Sutherland from St. Paul's Handsome Hog is competing on the Bravo show.
The exterior of Gyst Fermentation Bar.

Eat Street's Gyst Fermentation Bar closed for regular service

One of Esquire's 'Best Bars is America' is now a classes and event space, plus has a new cheese and pickle cart.
The Meat Tornado, at Animales Barbeque Co.

Minneapolis BBQ trailer's 'meat tornado' is a storm of a sandwich

Served outside of a popular taproom, the 'meat tornado' is buckling with ribs, sausage, bacon and so much cheese.
St. Paul Tap's 'pinball alley' has a row of pinball games.

Wild Bill's owner opens new St. Paul arcade and bar

Play 17-foot Mario Kart and drink Slurp Juice.
Justin Sutherland.

'Top Chef' contestant expands his Twin Cities portfolio

Sutherland believes he's the first black chef in the Twin Cities to run a multi-restaurant group.
Bialys at Rose Street Patisserie in Minneapolis.

Hal-what? A guide to Jewish nosh in the Twin Cities

Bagels were never hard to come by. Now, Jewish food is trending in Minnesota, and it's more than matzo ball soup.
Esquire calls Hai Hai one of the best new restaurants of the year.

Minneapolis gets lots of love from Esquire's 'Best New Restaurants' list

Hai Hai, Grand Café and Martina get shout-outs in the magazine's annual list of top-notch dining rooms around the country.
The Local in downtown Minneapolis.

Irish pub favorite, the Local, expanding with hopes of opening 10 locations

St. Louis Park's Cooper will be rebranded the Local West End.
Victoria Burrow director of operations Jason Cooney throws an axe.

Have a beer, hurl a hatchet at new suburban ax-throwing bar

The catchphrase at Victoria Burrow is "Drinking and ax-throwing: What could go wrong?"
Andrew Zimmern.

Andrew Zimmern responds to accusations of 'cultural elitism' at his new Chinese restaurant

He's been taking heat from national media for his 'insulting' remarks about Chinese cuisine in America.
Bartender Dan Nispel poured a fresh pint at La Doña Cervecería in north Minneapolis.

New Minnesota breweries bring diversity: 'Beer is the ultimate cross-cultural thing'

The craft beer boom is starting to include people of color and women.
Thanksgiving cooking tutorials on YouTube are at an all-time high.

Googling how to cook for Thanksgiving? Minnesotans down with mashed potatoes

Minnesotans know how to cook, North Dakotans don't, and other observations from the video platform's Thanksgiving data.
Nadia Cakes, in Maple Grove and Woodbury, created a “twerkey” cake for the holiday season.

Minnesota bakery's sold-out 'twerkey' cake offends sex industry workers, owner says

The "twerkey" is the latest viral cake from Nadia Cakes.
Jack Link's is testing some wild new jerky flavors.

Jerky goes berserky with cola, mocha flavors at Jack Link's new Mpls. test kitchen

The company's downtown Minneapolis store sells the experimental flavors deli-style.
Chef Andrew Zimmern at Lucky Cricket restaurant.

Andrew Zimmern's new restaurant, Lucky Cricket, now open in St. Louis Park

The TV-star chef's Chinese restaurant is at the West End.
‘Snowball Old Fashioned’ is a cocktail at Miracle at Lawless.

Drink cocktails with Santa in a winter wonderland at Minneapolis' Lawless Distilling

The monthlong transformation is like a holiday office party on steroids.
The entrance of Revolution Hall at Rosedale Mall.

Now open: Rosedale's new food hall serves chicken-and-waffle sandwich, 'piecaken'

The 11 restaurants come straight out of a social media meme.
From left, Travail co-owners Bob Gerken, James Winberg and Mike Brown.

Travail bringing its over-the-top restaurant to Minneapolis, temporarily

The Robbinsdale restaurant takes up residency on Hennepin Avenue S. while constructing a new space.
Marco Zappia was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.

Minneapolis cocktail connoisseur named to Forbes 30 Under 30

He put fermented cocktails on the map.
The taps at the Indeed taproom in northeast Minneapolis.

Minneapolis' Indeed Brewing opening taproom and brewery in Milwaukee

It's a long way from where the Minnesota brewery began six years ago.
The Pensacola location of Wild Greg's has a mechanical bull. The new Minneapolis location might get one, too.

Country bar in the works at former troubled nightclub spot in downtown Mpls.

The new bar, Wild Greg's, is owned by a Vadnais Heights city councilman.
Mom Lupe hugs chef sons Mike Brown, left, and Matt Brown, right. Mike helped Matt cook after Matt’s daughter got cancer.

Travail's acclaimed chef heads to Harmony to help his niece with leukemia

When Matt Brown's 1-year-old daughter, Gabby, was diagnosed with leukemia, there was only one person he knew he could turn to for help with his restaurant.
The Barrel House is a cabaret and cocktail lounge in the lower level of Birch’s Lowertown in St. Paul.

New 1970s-style piano bar in St. Paul's Lowertown opens in the spirit of Nye's

The closing of Nye’s original piano bar a few years ago has left a gaping hole in the hearts of many a Twin Citian who…
Keg & Case Market vendor Spinning Wylde makes outrageous cotton candy flavors.

St. Paul's gourmet cotton candy shop hits big with wild bacon, mojito flavors

A Keg and Case Market vendor takes the fair confection in a new direction.
The Juicy Lucy Pizza at Giordano’s in Minneapolis.

New Juicy Lucy pizza at Giordano's pays cheesy homage to classic burger

The Chicago-style pizzeria has concocted a head-scratching take on our beloved cheese-stuffed burger.
Doughnuts from Glam Doll Donuts.

Where to get Election Day food and drink deals at Twin Cities restaurants

These restaurants are offering freebies and discounts on Election Day.
Number 12 Cider is new to Minneapolis’ North Loop.

New cider taproom opens in North Loop: 'We could fool wine drinkers'

Number 12 Cider House brings its blue-ribbon cider to Minneapolis.
Cocktails are on the ballot this coming Tuesday.

On the ballot Tuesday: Should all Minneapolis restaurants be allowed to serve cocktails?

As Election Day nears, many Minneapolis restaurateurs are hoping cocktail-loving voters take notice of a question at the top of the ballot on Nov. 6.…
A young visitor explored an installation about chickens and animal welfare at the “Our Global Kitchen” exhibit.

Bell Museum's 'Our Global Kitchen' traces food from farm to table

Exhibit on how food is grown and eaten throughout the world tackles big topics, from food trends to food waste.
Spasso chef Josh Hedquist competes on Food Network's 'Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge.'

Minnetonka chef to compete on Food Network's 'Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge'

The chef at Italian restaurant Spasso will be featured in a show hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.
Cannelloni with duck confit and grilled corn at the Dough Room.

Wayzata's newest restaurant is a pizza and pasta destination

The Dough Room takes over the former District Kitchen.
Sinigang, a shrimp dish at Apoy in South Minneapolis.

One of Mpls.' only Filipino eateries opens: 'The Minnesotan palate has evolved'

Apoy, in south Minneapolis, serves Filipino staples, like noodles, shaved ice and pig's blood soup.
Brick & Bourbon owner Gary Sivyer used a smoking gun to make a Maple Old Fashioned cocktail.

Smoked cocktails are lighting up Twin Cities bars

With a campfire scent, smoky cocktails are a hot thing in the Twin Cities bar scene.
St. Paul chef Justin Sutherland has been cast on “Top Chef.”

St. Paul chef to compete on Bravo's 'Top Chef': 'I'm an adrenaline junkie'

The chef behind Handsome Hog is a rising star after recently winning "Iron Chef America," too.
Campiello in Eden Prairie has remodeled after 20 years.

After 20 years in Eden Prairie, Campiello remodels, introduces new menu

The Italian restaurant modernizes its look and updates its menu.
Glitter is a big thing at Minnesota Nice Cream.

New Minnesota Nice Cream shop tops its tie-dye cones with edible glitter

The Minneapolis ice cream shop is a hit on social media because of its over-the-top creations.
The graffiti-covered food stalls at Cargo Food Authority, shown here under construction, are built out of shipping containers.

Target Center replacing Hubert's with shipping container-themed restaurant

Cargo Food Authority, opening in November, will serve global fare, food court-style.
The bar at Colita, the new restaurant from the owners of Martina.

After Martina's runaway success, owners unveil Mexican restaurant in south Minneapolis

Colita brings 'Tex-Oaxacan' cuisine and fermented cocktails to the Twin Cities.
LaCroix sparkling water is facing a lawsuit that claims its flavorings are not natural.

LaCroix sparkling water faces cockroach killer lawsuit; fans rally in defense

A lawsuit asks whether the beloved beverage is natural — or poison.
Former Minnesota Viking Keith Nord

Former Vikings defensive back Keith Nord dies at 61

Nord died at his home in Orono on Sept. 19. The cause was cancer.
The Minneapolis food truck, Hibachi Daruma, is opening a new restaurant.

Japanese food truck opening restaurant in Minneapolis' former Bombay Bistro

Hibachi Daruma will open for lunch and dinner in November.
A steakhouse called 801 Chophouse is going into the former Barnes & Noble. Shown here is the St. Louis location.

Steakhouse moving into former Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis

The Denver-based 801 Chophouse will open next fall.
The Red Rabbit sign has replaced the famed Wild Onion neon in St. Paul.

Grand Avenue's former Wild Onion transforms into Red Rabbit, opens Tuesday

What was a once a raucous college bar is now the second outpost of the Minneapolis Italian joint.
Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Where to get National Coffee Day freebies this Saturday in Twin Cities

Get your buzz for free at these coffee chains.
O’Gara’s regulars Joe Shea, from left, Patrick Lynch and Sara Clemetson chat at the bar. Shea has been coming to O’Gara’s with his family sinc

Last call for St. Paul landmark bar O'Gara's, closing this weekend

A smaller version of the 77-year-old Irish pub will be back late next year as part of a redevelopment project.
Maia Haag has written 40 titles that can be personalized to bring a story to life for a child. Now, she has added pets to the mix.

Minnesota children's author personalizes books to promote literacy

Maia Haag is the author of 40 titles under her publishing company, I See Me, that can be personalized for any child. And now, any dog.
All About Dogs Day is a great time to get a beautiful photo of a pet against the backdrop of 38,000 tulips in bloom.

Dogs will have their day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Canine companions are welcome on All About Dogs Day, when Three-Mile Drive becomes a walking route for the family dog.
In this screen grab from @sarapelissero's viral tweet, 3-year-old Tegan sings DMX lyrics.

Minnesota toddler racks up 5M views while rapping DMX and cleaning dishes

The Twittersphere was impressed with a 3-year-old's rapping — and her tidying-up skills.
An assortment of April Fools' Day cupcakes at Nadia Cakes in Woodbury.

'Unicorn poop' tops the extravagant April Fools' treats at Minn. cupcake shop

Nadia Cakes makes extreme gag cupcakes for the day of practical jokes and pranks.
Isla Horscroft of Chanhassen organized a soccer clinic for girls in Nicaragua with help from an Ann Bancroft Foundation grant.

The Ann Bancroft Foundation, founded by the polar explorer, funds Minnesota girls' dreams

For many recipients, winning a grant gives them the encouragement they need to raise more funds.
Matzo ball soup

Sinkers vs. floaters: a matzo ball taste-off for Passover

Two colleagues put their matzo ball recipes to the test.
University of Minnesota researchers Shameem Syeda, left, and Gunda Georg are leaders in male contraception.

Team of U scientists may have discovered a male birth control pill

Minnesota team leads the nation as it seeks to turn warrior's toxin into revolutionary first.
Stacks of old matte signs are for sale.

Looking for a sign? Golden Valley is selling them

Instead of tossing old street signs, Golden Valley's Historical Society is selling them.
Leslie Daly

Hopkins Dance Center founder Leslie Daly, who taught generations of dancers, dies at 71

Leslie Jean Daly, of St. Louis Park, died Jan. 14 at age 71 after battling breast cancer for 18 years.
Jimmy Stewart in the 1958 film “Vertigo,” which was a crowd-pleaser during Secret Cinema at Emagine Willow Creek in Plymouth.

Two Twin Cities film series keep the movies they show a mystery

Talk Cinema shows contemporary films that haven't been released in the Twin Cities, while Secret Cinema shows classics.
At Hans' Bakery, the Texas Doughnut is the size of your head (as local Instagram star Kim Ly Curry demonstrates).

Doughnuts the size of your head are being served up at a Twin Cities bakery

The so-called Texas doughnut at Hans' Bakery is the equivalent of five regular doughnuts.
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Sexual health should be part of menopause discussion, expert says

An expert shares tips for improving your sex life as you age.
Justin Timberlake struck a Heisman pose after a press conference at the Hilton Hotel on Feb. 1.

I tried to find celebrities in town for Super Bowl week – and failed miserably

The Twin Cities were swarming with celebrities. But spotting A-listers wasn't all that easy.
fantasy gaming
Eric Nelson’s Winter Olympics challenge is open until Feb. 9.

A former teacher in Minnesota turns fantasy leagues into real lessons in classrooms

On the eve of a major sporting event, Eric Nelson is already thinking about the next one. The former social studies teacher from Minneapolis has…
The Wildcat Sanctuary filmed a 400-Pound Kitten Bowl.

Tigers hit the field in '400-Pound Kitten Bowl' at Wildcat Sanctuary

Watch three rescue tigers from the Wildcat Sanctuary get in on some Super Bowl action.
As part of the Super Bowl Live festivities in downtown Minneapolis, Hallmark Channel has installed a live attraction of the Kitten Bowl.

Kittens and football are purr-fect pairing at Kitten Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall

An offshoot of the Kitten Bowl, an all-feline alternative to the Super Bowl, has come to Minneapolis.
We put the Google art selfie app to the test with Minnesota celebrities

We put the Google art selfie app to the test with Minnesota celebrities

Google recently rolled out a face scanner that matches users' faces with the works of art they resemble.
Clemens Roemer, a German exchange student living in Ham Lake, posed for a photo next to Diggs the Lobster Tuesday night.

Minnesota's Bartz brothers unveil their annual snow sculpture, Diggs the Lobster

Three brothers have been sculpting enormous sea animals out of snow on their front lawn for 7 years.
Jeff Dooley of Anoka answered a Craigslist ad for this free Iowa farmhouse. He will move it to his grandfather's Iowa farm.

Minnesotan answers ad for free Iowa farmhouse; now he has to move it

A Minnesota house flipper answered a Craigslist ad for a free house — but now he has to move it.
Screen grab from a video featuring Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean telling Cumberland School District that they have a snow day.

Backstreet Boys singer tells Wisconsin school kids they're getting a snow day

Administrators in a northwestern Wisconsin district got some help from A.J. McLean to inform kids about the day off.
Marguerite Ragnow, curator of the James Ford Bell Library, held the globe gores map up to the light to show some of its distinctive characteristics.

How a rare map at the U of M brought down a $1M Christie's auction

One of the rarest maps in American history, which resides at the U of M, just got a lot more famous.
Beth Arntson stood outside of a dream castle that she and her husband Gary Arntson started to build themselves 20 years ago. Because of an illness to

Unfinished dream castle in rural Minnesota seeking new owner

A Minnesota couple are walking away from their 20-year dream to build a fortified castle.
Max explored the window display at Against the Current bookstore in St. Paul.

How Max the Macalester library cat enjoys fame: film shoots, groupies

St. Paul tabby and internet star spawns childrens's book, perhaps even a literacy foundation.
Amy Williams DeLong conducted an aromatherapy session with client Julie Northenscold and her dog Izzy.

Fido sick as a dog? Pet owners turn to aromatherapy, massage, even psychics

In the Twin Cities, sick pets have a new breed of options for holistic care.
The Green Line train crash occurred around 7:50 p.m. Monday at the intersection of University and Prior avenues. Pictured: A Green Line train on Unive

Green Line delayed in St. Paul after pedestrian crash

An adult male was injured.

As Santa and his sleigh come to town, so does extreme cold

Holiday week will bring a big chill, but very little snow. On the other hand, we'll have more sunshine.
Doug Meyer, left, and cook David Wade stand outside Meyer’s Finer Meats & Eats food truck in Everglades City, Fla. Meyer brought the truck down ther

Minnesota food truck serves Floridians battered by Hurricane Irma

More than three months later, Doug Meyer and his Finer Meats & Eats truck are still there.
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