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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
Ben Afquack at the Minnesota State Fair. "Pretty much, he’s a duck that goes on adventures in Minnesota."

This adventurous Minnesota duck is now a viral internet sensation

A fluffy white bird from St. Paul is currently the most famous duck in Minnesota, thanks to some fast feet, fowl puns and a viral video.
The famous Parlour burger

Now you can get the famous Parlour burger from a Twin Cities food truck

Parlour fans, this one's for you.
Twin Cities baker Kathryn Goodpaster, right, assembled her creations for judging at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris on Jan. 11.

Minnesotan battles for the world cup of baking: 'It's intimidating, it's exciting, it's everything'

When a Twin Cities pastry chef goes to France for the Olympics of baking, she keeps her eyes on the rise.
Andrew Zimmern at Lucky Cricket, his Chinese restaurant in Minnesota, in 2018.

Andrew Zimmern announces new MSNBC show on food and politics

The Minnesota-based chef will travel the country to talk about social issues and food.
The two-story bar at McKinney Roe in downtown Minneapolis.

Downtown Minneapolis restaurant McKinney Roe has closed

This is the second closure so far in 2020 for the fledgling East Town neighborhood near U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Cocktail Room at 18th and Central opens in MSP Airport's remote Concourse A on Jan. 24.

MSP airport's new 'speakeasy' with cocktails by Tattersall opens Friday

The Cocktail Room at 18th & Central is in a remote part of the airport.
Marvel Bar bar manager Peder Schweigert made drinks from the new alcohol-free menu.

As alcohol consumption declines among millennials, more Twin Cities bars are holding the booze

Cocktail menus are evolving to meet demands for sophisticated nonalcoholic options.
A rendering of the new Earl Giles Distillery coming to northeast Minneapolis in late 2020.

A new distillery with wood-fired pizza planned for northeast Minneapolis

Earl Giles Distillery will bring cocktails and pizza to a busy block.
A dish by former Sanctuary chef Patrick Atanalian: Speck with micro greens, Italian peppers, parmesan cheese, and fig oil

Restaurant roll call: Sanctuary closes, a northeast Minneapolis burger bar shutters

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Erik Forsberg owns the bar Erik The Red, which sits directly across from U.S. Bank Stadium to the northwest.

Downtown Minneapolis Vikings bar to close Jan. 1, will move by fall

Erik the Red has a new home in south Minneapolis.
Chef Sean Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota, plating in the kitchen of a lodge near Havana, N.D.

10 Twin Cities restaurant openings to get excited about in 2020

If your New Year's resolution is to eat good food, you're in luck.
Nordic Waffles owner Stine Aasland held a Bacon, Mac & Cheese waffle at her stand which is inside Rosedale Mall’s new food hall, Potluck. ] GLEN STU

9 things that defined how we ate and drank in the Twin Cities in 2019

From bakeries to breweries, food halls to airport terminals, here are all the trends that shaped our year of eating and drinking in the Twin Cities.
Joseph Blade

Joseph Blade, reporter and world traveler, dies at 85

When he wasn't working, he was traveling, indulging in lifelong wanderlust.
From left, Herbal Champagne Cocktail, Poinsettia, Classic Champagne Cocktail, Kir Royale and 50th & France.

This New Year's Eve, spike your Champagne cocktail with these local liqueurs

This New Year's Eve, spike your Champagne cocktail with these local liqueurs.
True Stone Coffee Roasters is opening its first cafe at the Market House Collaborative in Lowertown, St. Paul.

Lowertown's Salty Tart to be replaced with True Stone Coffee Roasters' first cafe

Market House Collaborative's Salty Tart says goodbye Dec. 31.
The lounge area of P.S. Steak, a modern-day, seasonally minded steakhouse in the former La Belle Vie.

Here are nearly 75 new restaurants that opened in the Twin Cities in 2019

Lots of newcomers joined the dining scene in 2019.
Two of the cocktails at Miracle at Lawless, a holiday-themed bar in Minneapolis.

3 extreme Christmas bars in the Twin Cities for a festive holiday drink

"I'll have a punch in the boob," said one customer who sidled up to the bar -- totally straight-faced. He was referring to the name…
Cheese Sambusak from “The Jewish Cookbook” by Leah Koenig

For your Hanukkah meal, celebrate the miracle of oil by deep-frying more than potatoes

Step aside, potato latke. Celebrate Hanukkah by frying, well, almost everything else.
This closure joins other recent area shutterings, including Libertine and Piggy Bank.

Minneapolis's Lyn-Lake is losing another restaurant by year's end

Mercado by Jester Concepts calls it quits.
The Naughty Greek Restaurant

St. Paul's Naughty Greek restaurant adding lunch-only spot in Mpls. skyway

It takes over an Au Bon Pain in the Capella Tower.
The sushi restaurant Rare at the entrance to the new Lifetime Fitness at Southdale Center in Edina, Minn., on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Sushi at the gym? Two public restaurants open at new Southdale Life Time

Protein shakes aren't all you can get post-workout.
Barista Andy Regan, right, watched as Jennifer Ivers, of Minneapolis, placed a dollar in the tip jar Wednesday afternoon at Maeve’s Cafe. ] AARON LA

Northeast Minneapolis' Maeve's Cafe to close this month

The restaurant will close Dec. 22.
Meteor Bar is a new north Minneapolis cocktail bar from Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey.

'Elevated dive bar' with classic cocktails opening soon in north Minneapolis

New bar from cocktail veterans Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey will open in the former Donnie Dirk's Zombie Den.
Gavin Kaysen in his restaurant, Demi, in the North Loop.

Minneapolis ranks among best food cities in the world, according to top chefs

Bloomberg asked top chefs where they like to dine.
Minnesota-style — according to Red's Savoy — is a thin-crust, square-cut pizza with loads of cheese and toppings and a signature spicy "passive ag

Red's Savoy changes name to 'Maroon & Gold Savoy Pizza' for Gophers game

The pizza company that has built its brand on "Sota Style" pies just can't bring itself to identify with the opposition.
Chicken katsu from Ono Hawaiian Plates

Detroit-style pizza and Hawaiian food coming to new North Loop food hall

With Twin Cities food halls booming, four new restaurants to launch at North Loop Galley next month.
The Penny Poutine Burger at Piggy Bank in Uptown Minneapolis.

Uptown's most difficult restaurant space loses its fifth tenant in as many years

The fifth restaurant since Old Chicago has closed in what some think of as a 'cursed' address.
Sandy's Tavern in Richfield

Beloved Richfield burger bar 'straight out of a time capsule from 1987' reopens

Despite a new owner, "the space itself is really untouched by time," and the burger recipe won't change.
Three holiday pies from Surly incorporate beer into the filling.

Surly's boozy pies are back for the holidays

Three pies incorporate their local brews.
Avocado biscuit sandwich at Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

3 new restaurants turn Snelling Avenue into Mac-Groveland food district

Go hungry when you head to St. Paul's Snelling Avenue, with its growing menu options.
New web series “Relish” features host and chef Yia Vang — and steamed buns.

What is Minnesota food? New TPT series serves up steamed buns, sticky rice and masala

An offering from TPT examines Minnesota cuisine, one dish at a time.
Dampfwerk Distillery has a new cocktail room featuring their herbal liqueurs and brandies.

4 new places to drink this weekend in the Twin Cities

Plan your weekend with these new spots to taste beer, wine and spirits.
The machete quesadilla, aka the machetazo, from Machete Cocina Mexicana, is nearly two feet long and packs up to five fillings in a house-made corn to

Hungry enough for a 2-foot-long quesadilla?

The machete quesadilla, aka the machetazo, is the centerpiece of a Woodbury sister restaurant to Los Ocampo.
Souffle pancakes at Thirty-Six Cafe in St. Paul

Get decadent pancakes and dessert toast at new Grand Av. cafe

Thirty-Six Cafe is now open in St. Paul.
Andy's Garage at Midtown Global Market

Retro diner opening soon in former Bruegger's on West Lake Street

It's called Andy's Diner, and it's bringing the same retro look and diner menu now featured at Andy's Garage in the Midtown Global Market.
Original Hockey Mom Brownies

Original Hockey Mom Brownies opening bakery on Grand Avenue

The owners of a hockey-themed dessert truck are going brick and mortar, and they promise a rotating menu of more than 30 "designer brownies."
Cheese curds and a Jucy Lucy at Burnside in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

If you can make it here: How to eat like a Minnesotan in NYC

The Juicy Lucy, cheese curds and a supper club land in the Big Apple.
Paul Berglund was chosen new Best Chef Midwest for James Beard and was photographed at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant where he works Wednesday, May 4,

James Beard Award-winning chef opening a 'micro-restaurant' in Rochester

Grab a reservation while you can.
When the Rojo sign came down, it revealed a ghost sign from former tenant, Ling & Louie's.

Nicollet Mall loses another restaurant with the closing of Rojo

A new location may be in the works.
Dan O'Gara, owner of St. Paul's O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, held a press conference to talk about his decision to not reopen the original O'Gara's locat

Readers respond to the news that O'Gara's isn't reopening

Dan O'Gara announced over the weekend that his namesake St. Paul watering hole would not reopen in a new development on the site of the 77-year-old bar. Readers weren't happy.
The dining room at Baldamar

Now open: Baldamar, Rosedale's new 'modern' steakhouse

Yes, it's in the mall parking lot.
Bone-in ribeye at P.S. Steak, a modern-day, seasonally minded steakhouse in the former La Belle Vie.

10 Twin Cities steakhouses better than NYC's Peter Luger

Last week, the New York Times gave a scathing zero-star review to classic Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger. Why go to New York for "just another steak"? Here are 10 great options right here in the Twin Cities.
Beef Rossini at Bellecour

Foie gras: Banned in New York, still on the menu in the Twin Cities

In the Twin Cities, it's still legal to sell foie gras at a restaurant, and you can find it on many menus. Here's a random sample of the spots where you can get your foie gras fix.
A rendering of Burger Dive at the new Potluck food hall at Rosedale Center

Peek inside the new Potluck food hall at Rosedale Center

Featuring all local vendors, the food hall opens Nov. 12.
Com Dac Biet, a Vietnamese rice platter, will be on the menu at Pho Mai.

New pho restaurant coming to former Tim Hortons in Dinkytown

Pho Mai will open in February 2020.
Excelsior's Yumi Japanese restaurant and sushi bar is expanding to St. Paul.

Former Fabulous Fern's to become sushi restaurant in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill

The neighborhood mainstay closed in 2018.
Rose Street Patisserie in Minneapolis.

Linden Hills Rose Street Patisserie to close, Martina chef will move in

A Linden Hills restaurant shuffle is being called a "win-win" for two of Minneapolis's most acclaimed chefs, who happen to work next door to one another.
Fulton's Brew + Moo beer and cheese pairings

Forget wine and cheese. Fulton thinks beer is the perfect dairy pairing

Wine takes a back seat as one craft brewer pushes beer to be cheese's new partner.
Cassis Vanilla Bavarian cake at Black Walnut Bakery.

Introducing Uptown Minneapolis' new cafe, Black Walnut Bakery

Coffee, croissant and croque monsieur on the menu at Sarah Botcher's first storefront.
People made their way in and around the different food vendors during the lunch hour at the Midtown Global Market, Thursday, December 22, 2016 in Minn

2 vendors out and a new spot opening in Midtown Global Market shake-up

One restaurant closes, as does a cooking class location, while another restaurant arrives.
Outside at the Libertine.

Citing 'sea change' in Uptown, Libertine closes after 5 years at Calhoun Square

Its rooftop bar was a popular summer spot.
Keep cozy with Fallen Apple Punch at Whiskey Inferno in Savage.

3 bourbon cocktails by Twin Cities restaurants to keep you toasty this autumn

It's like autumn in a glass.
Washington Post reporter Chris Ingraham now lives in a modest home in Red Lake Falls with his wife Briana and twins Charles and Jack.

Washington Post reporter dissed Minnesota county, then moved there. Now he won't leave

Christopher Ingraham now has written a book about his adopted home, where he is still living out his fantasy.
Kiran Thammon, 7, and Divya Thammon, 9, dipped balloons in melted chocolate and added sprinkles.

Edina author's new book teaches kids the 'science' of cooking

"Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: Edible Edition" helps parents use common objects found in the home to educate kids about chemistry, biology, botany and more.
Tables on on the sidewalk in front of Lucky Cricket on Tuesday, Aug. 20

Two months after abruptly closing, Andrew Zimmern's Lucky Cricket reopens

The St. Louis Park restaurant closed in July for a remodel that was supposed to take two weeks to complete.
Cecil's Deli circa 1987: co-owners Sheila and David Leventhal.

70-year-old Cecil's Deli in St. Paul competes on new Food Network show

Cecil's Delicatessen makes its food competition debut on "Family Restaurant Rivals," airing Monday night.
Keg & Case Market in St. Paul

7 new vendors join St. Paul's popular Keg & Case market

The new vendors are joining anchor tenants Five Watt Coffee, Sweet Science Ice Cream, Revival Smoked Meats and In Bloom.
Izzy's Ice Cream is expanding its supermarket reach -- and being made in Madison, Wisconsin.

Minnesota-based Izzy's ice cream is now made in — gasp! — Wisconsin

Izzy's takes production to Wisconsin in push to become regional brand.
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews wears a Cheesehead during media day for NFL football Super Bowl XLV Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP P

We call Wisconsinites cheeseheads. What do they call us?

There have been some mostly halfhearted attempts to label Minnesotans over the years, mostly in reference to its sports teams.
Diners at Provision Community Restaurant, set to open in Minneapolis in late August, will be able to pay what they choose, or dine for free.

One of Minneapolis' first pay-what-you-can restaurants opening soon

Provision Community Restaurant addresses food insecurity and sustainability.
The Vine Room in Hopkins

California-style wine bar coming soon to Hopkins' Mainstreet

Wine flights, bites and local beer are on tap at the Vine Room.
Cherry Firework Hard Seltzer from Lift Bridge is one of the new beverages at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

53 new beers, ciders, hard seltzers, wines announced for Minnesota State Fair

Those include the "Berry Manilow" and the "Kirby Pucker." Get it?
Restaurateur Kieran Folliard, the founder of Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast.

Former Irish pub impresario opening new restaurant in NE. Minneapolis

Kieran Folliard is opening the cafe in the Food Building.
Unleashed Hounds and Hops is a bar for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends.

Dog park within a beer bar coming soon to Minneapolis

More than 10,000 square feet of space will be devoted to those furry friends, including a leash-only bar, an off-leash area, and an outdoor bar and a playspace with a water feature
Do you need an air fryer? The good, the bad and the flammable

Do you need an air fryer? The good, the bad and the flammable

The not-so-small appliance has a few strengths, but not nearly what proponents claim.
"Best Seller" at Tori Ramen in St. Paul.

Tori Ramen announces closing of St. Paul restaurant

Minneapolis' Tori 44 will stay open.
Due Focacceria in St. Paul.

Owners of a popular Mpls. Italian restaurant open new spot in St. Paul's Highland Park

The casual neighborhood spot comes from the owners of ie: Italian Eatery.
Esther Wattenberg

Minnesota child welfare pioneer Esther Wattenberg dies at age 99

An accomplishment was transforming the policies that shaped child welfare in Minnesota and beyond.
Chef Shack co-owners and chefs Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer.

Chef Shack's Lisa Carlson goes up against Bobby Flay on Food Network

Last May, Carlson and co-owner Carrie Summer spent nine hours on a soundstage deep in Brooklyn. The episode of "Beat Bobby Flay" aired last night. (Spoiler alert!)
The No. 8 Mushroom American cheesesteak at Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks has grilled onion, mushroom, white American cheese, red chili oil and garlic a

From Andrea Pizza to Tono: New Maplewood spot serves a taste of the East Coast

The East Coast menu comes from a member of the Andrea Pizza family.
Duluth's oldest gay bar is being sold

Duluth's oldest gay bar is being sold

The owner of twin gay bars Duluth Flame and Superior Flame is selling his Minnesota club.
Minnesotan Nick Fauchald, a James Beard Award-winning author, with a daiquiri at one of his favorite local bars, the Back Bar at Young Joni in northea

This Minnesotan co-wrote the country's hottest book on cocktails

Drink expert and Minnesota native Nick Fauchald returned to his home state, and won a major James Beard book award.
Customers placed their orders at Breaking Bread Cafe Thursday afternoon. ] ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com Scenes from West Broadw

North Minneapolis' Breaking Bread Cafe closing temporarily to make 'adjustments'

The nonprofit Appetite for Change runs the cafe and job training program.
In downtown Excelsior, Jake O'Connor's restaurant has closed.

'Time to let it go': Excelsior Irish restaurant Jake O'Connor's closes after 13 years

Increasing competition from other restaurants, food trucks and even supermarkets led to the closure.
Crayfish at the Bachelor Farmer's block party Kraftskiva in Minneapolis.

6 ways to get your crayfish fix this summer

Crayfish lovers can start planning for two parties and four restaurants where mudbugs are on the menu this summer.