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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
As of last week, the former Tony Jaros River Garden is home to Burger Dive

New burger joint by Smack Shack founder lands in classic NE. Minneapolis dive bar

Tony Jaros River Garden has a new team at the griddle.
The main entrance of the former JB Hudson, which will be converted to a restaurant as part of the Dayton’s Project.

Dayton's Project converting historic JB Hudson store into a restaurant

The plan is to transform the downtown space into a history-filled dining establishment.
The new Turk's Inn in Brooklyn incorporates many design elements from the original in Wisconsin.

Minnesotans resurrecting legendary Wisconsin supper club in NYC

The Brooklyn restaurant and nightclub will have a Midwest-meets-Middle East menu.
The Vincent Burger, now being served at Cooper Irish Pub.

The famed Vincent burger — and its creator — are on the move

Chef Vincent Francoual and sommelier Nico Giraud are joining the Minneapolis country club.
Another dish by chef Gustavo Romero was chile relleno with crunchy chinicuiles (dried red worms).

Superfood or super-fad? Twin Cities chefs are putting insects on the menu

Environmental and health concerns — and a love of adventure and social media hits — are helping drive the trend.
Lead bartender Ben Kippley created the Blueberry Yum-Yum at 6Smith in Wayzata.

Celebrate the 'summer of the spritz' at these 3 Twin Cities restaurants

Bartenders are putting their own spin on the popular Aperol Spritz.
The Town Talk Diner on Sunday, November 13, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minneapolis restaurant's 'plea' on social media: Tell us why you don't eat here

Confusion over the historic sign might have something to do with it.
Cajun restaurant Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines is closing June 29, 2019.

Cajun restaurant in Circle Pines that started as a popular food truck will close this month

Say goodbye to smoked alligator and crawfish boils, for now.
A Mucci's sign appeared on the building that was formerly Meyvn, at 901 W. Lake St.

Signs point to Mucci's Italian opening in old Meyvn spot in Uptown

It will replace the former Meyvn.
Gastrotruck co-owners Catherine Eckert, pictured, and Stephen Trojahn are planning a brick-and-mortar spot devoted to Maryland-style pit beef.

Gastrotruck goes brick-and-mortar with 'coal-fired pit beef' restaurant

Owners of the popular food truck were inspired by East Coast roadside stands.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson posed with her new truck Sweet Gypsy, where Liège waffles are made.

Travel inspires food truck vets and a Minnesota Lynx player new to the game

"Maryland barbecue" and "warm and sweet and comforting" Belgian waffles are among new Twin Cities offerings.
12 tasty ways to celebrate National Doughnut Day

12 tasty ways to celebrate National Doughnut Day

Where to get your sugar fix in the Twin Cities on this week's deep-fried holiday.
Abby Kastrul laminated brioche dough to make Bakery Box doughnuts at home in south Minneapolis.

This Minneapolis baker runs a doughnut speakeasy out of the house

Bakery Box doughnuts are made at baker Abby Kastrul's home, thanks to state's Cottage Food Law.
The MN Nice Cream truck already has a brick-and-mortar space in northeast Minneapolis. Now it's opened a Stillwater location in the former Wedge & Whe

9 new restaurants in the Twin Cities and beyond

Spring has sprung for restaurant concepts whose ideas were sown long before the thaw. Now, Twin Cities eaters reap the rewards.
Rachael Hoff with Chip and Joanna Gaines at Nolo's Kitchen & Bar on Tuesday night.

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines dine out in Minneapolis' North Loop

The HGTV celebs had dinner Tuesday at Nolo's Kitchen & Bar.
Reverie Mobile Kitchen serves vegan food.

6 new food truck trends rolling into the Twin Cities

From sushi and prosecco to tailgating and trailers, here's what's new in Twin Cities food trucks this season.
A five-course meal inspired by the poem “Popol Vuh” will be offered Monday at the restaurant of the same name.

A Mayan myth translated into a meal at Popol Vuh in Minneapolis

An “epic meal” just got a whole new meaning. Popol Vuh, the hearth-cooking Mexican restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, is hosting a dinner next week…
The Fitz is a new pizzeria in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill.

A new pizzeria for St. Paul's Cathedral Hill, now open

The former Fitzgerald's is now the Fitz after a redo by "Top Chef" contestant Justin Sutherland.
Wafels & Dinges' new location at Mall of America will open later this year.

Belgian waffle truck to open store at Mall of America

Wafels & Dinges will be the latest MoA outpost of an East Coast food business.
The dinner crowd takes to the patio at 6Smith in Wayzata, next to the docks of Lake Minnetonka.

14 choice spots to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes and rivers this summer

Where to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes, rivers and falls this summer.
Pizza at Pig Ate My Pizza.

Pig Ate My Pizza reopens in Robbinsdale with new in-house brewery

The Travail team's pizza spot is much bigger and also offers a long, luxurious pork-centric tasting menu.
Tessie Sylvester and her children, Freddy and Gus.

Tessie Sylvester, widowed the day she received cancer diagnosis, dies at 38

Two years later, on May 1, Sylvester died of adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that forms in mucus-secreting glands.
Chef Joshua Hedquist of Giulia makes fresh mozzarella cheese.

Extreme 6-foot cheese pull takes center stage at new downtown Mpls. restaurant

Northern Italian restaurant Giulia is stretching scratch-made mozzarella right at your table.
Flamin' Hot Cheetos Fried Pickle at Valleyfair.

Valleyfair grows up with new food aimed at adults

The amusement park debuted its new menu on opening weekend.
Minneapolis Cider Company is now open.

New cider taproom opens in Minneapolis: 'Cider is having a moment'

Minneapolis Cider Co. started as a college project.
Chef Yia Vang of the pop-up Union Kitchen taught the class with his mother Pang Vang, who has inspired many of his recipes.

CNN show goes inside the home of Minnesota's rising star Hmong chef

Chef Yia Vang will appear, along with his family and others from Minnesota's Hmong community, on "United Shades of America."
The chef team of erstwhile Café Levain at 48th and Chicago. From left is Cook Alan Hlebaen, Sous Chef Remle Colestock and Chef Adam Vickerman. Levain

Minneapolis neighborhood favorite Cafe Levain is coming back, sort of

Chef Adam Vickerman has returned to Turtle Bread Company.
Dot's pretzels, the wildly popular savory snack is now in candy bar form.

Wildly popular Dot's Pretzels now come in candy bar form

The addictive Midwest-grown snack is taking on a surprising new look.
All Square fellow Tomas Reynolds delivered sandwiches to customers. He hopes to put his culinary talent to use by opening a food truck someday. “I t

Minneapolis restaurant offers opportunity to the incarcerated who otherwise 'never stop paying' for crime

They served their time — now they're serving "fancy sandwiches."
Minnesota Barbecue Company

New barbecue restaurant from the Travail team opens in northeast Minneapolis

Minnesota Barbecue Company joins a bunch of new barbecue joints in the neighborhood.
Nikolai and Linda Alenov of St. Paul's Russian Tea House

After 40 years, St. Paul's Russian Tea House is closing this weekend

Linda and Nikolai Alenov will be saying “dasvidaniya” this weekend to loyal customers of the Russian Tea House, the St. Paul stalwart that has…
The hole where the downtown exit for I-35W and I-94 interchange will eventually be.

Providing free food on 35W bridge, MnDOT aims to ease construction woes

Mealtime has never been busier than appetizers during rush hour.
Tattersall Distilling is bottling the Minnesota country club cocktail, the Bootleg.

What is the Bootleg? Minneapolis distillery takes on the cult country-club cocktail

Tattersall Distilling serves up the classic drink, ready-made.
Travelers and airport employees made their way past the Concourse C food court in this 2018 file photo.

Now at MSP airport: Food delivered to your gate

The UberEats-like app serves hungry and hurried fliers.
Nick Omodt and Kate Sandkamp shared food and drinks Thursday afternoon during happy hour at Hai Hai.

6 spring food and drink events from the Twin Cities to the North Shore

From Thai New Year to the flavors of Iceland, there's plenty of food to fill your plate and your calendar.
Handsome Hog chef and 'Top Chef' contestant Justin Sutherland was named Oustanding Chef at the 2019 Charlie Awards.

'Top Chef' contestant opening first Minneapolis restaurant at new Moxy hotel

The hotel and residences are expected to open by the end of June, and the corner whiskey-and-oyster bar will follow later this summer.
Five Watt Coffee at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul

Five Watt expands its coffee empire with another south Minneapolis location

It's the fourth Five Watt Coffee to open in the Twin Cities.
A seder table features candles, several bottles of wine, baskets of matzah, haggadot and the seder plate.

An aunt's seder plate lives on at the Passover seder for her niece

The symbolic seder plate connects generations around the Passover table.
Ike's in the mall area at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Big changes in MSP Airport food scene: Ike's departs, Hi-Lo Diner arrives

More culinary changes in sight at MSP airport.
Castle Danger owners Clint MacFarlane, Jamie MacFarlane, Mandy Larson and Lon Larson celebrated their beer bracket win in 2018.

Meet Minnesota's (still) favorite brewery, Castle Danger

Here's how the North Shore brewery cinched its second win.
The beer at Brew Hall at Allianz Field.

Sizing up the food and drink at Allianz Field: Lots of beer and global cuisine

Global flavors reflect St. Paul neighborhood, soccer fan base.
Here's your 2019 Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion

Here's your 2019 Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion

Which North Shore brewery was voted Top Brew?
Exterior of the Loon Cafe in downtown Minneapolis.

After 37 years, downtown Minneapolis' Loon Cafe opening second location in St. Paul

Opening in May, it takes over the former Great Waters Brewing Company.
The Napoli pizza at Giulia in the Emery

Now open: pizza, pasta and Spyhouse coffee in downtown Minneapolis hotel

Chef Steven Brown is attached to the northern Italian restaurant Giulia, in the former Hotel Minneapolis.
Scallops are served in seashells at Travail’s Homage pop-up.

Remember 1990s fine dining? Travail pop-up wants to take you back

The experience comes complete with a '90s soundtrack.
North Shore showdown: Castle Danger meets Bent Paddle in Minnesota Beer Bracket final

North Shore showdown: Castle Danger meets Bent Paddle in Minnesota Beer Bracket final

The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds held their ground, sending them to the championship.
The Naked Dani at Colita is a margarita-type of drink with salt bubbles -- the perfect nesting spot for a rubber duck.

These 3 Twin Cities cocktails are so refreshing, they're almost like vacation

A crucial category of classic cocktailing, sours' ingredients are simple: spirit, sugar and, importantly, citrus.
Freddie Manton, host and heart of Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, was 'lovable rogue'

Freddie Manton, host and heart of Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, was 'lovable rogue'

Often when a customer headed to the exit of Brit’s Pub, the downtown Minneapolis British watering hole, Freddie Manton would stop them at the door…
The Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket 2019: Round 3.

It's a North Shore-Twin Cities clash in Minnesota Beer Bracket's Foamy Four

Schell's, the one-time champ went down in the Ale-ite Eight.
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Target Field's new foods: Chicken-and-waffle cone and a 24-inch chili dog

Here's everything new you can eat at the Twins home opener this Thursday.
Chef and managing partner Justin Sutherland (left) and bar director Gus Gonzalez at Ox Cart Arcade in St. Paul.

'Top Chef' contestant transforms Lowertown restaurant into '90s-themed arcade

There are 'Saved by the Bell' bathrooms at Ox Cart Arcade, opening Thursday.
The Minnesota Beer Bracket is heating up this round.

Will North Shore sink Twin Cities? Big matchups ahead in Beer Bracket's Ale-ite Eight

Minnesota breweries square off in the latest round of the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket.
A New York-made Juicy Lucy at a Texas-style barbecue restaurant opening in Staten Island.

NYC restaurant will serve Minneapolis' Juicy Lucy: 'We stole your hamburger'

A layover visit to Matt's Bar inspired a Staten Island restaurateur.
The opening round of the Minnesota Beer Bracket is set.

Meet the 16 breweries that made it into the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket

NOTE: Voting is now closed for the Sudsy Sixteen. Voting for the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket's Ale-ite Eight will begin Monday, March 25, at
The pho challenge at iPho by Saigon, in St. Paul.

6 new Twin Cities restaurants to know about — and some closings

Spring is around the corner, and so are new restaurants, pop-ups and franchises that wisely waited for the thaw before opening their doors.
The Local in Minneapolis.

13 Twin Cities Irish pubs for your St. Patrick's Day celebration

You don't need to be Irish to join in the fun at this weekend's festivities.
From hot dogs to hotdish: The famous eating contest gets a Minnesota spin.

New Minnesota eating contest: How much hot dish can you scarf in 8 minutes?

They're going to need a lot of cream of mushroom soup.
A new restaurant will open in the former Heyday space.

Pizza and beer restaurant coming to former Heyday spot in Lyn-Lake

The address will flip from four-star restaurant to a "big beer jukebox" with woodfire pizza.
Castle Danger Brewery owners, from left, Clint MacFarlane, Jamie MacFarlane, Mandy Larson and Lon Larson hoisted the trophy after their surprise victo

How Castle Danger nabbed the crown in last year's Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket

In a North Shore vs. Twin Cities faceoff, Castle Danger Brewery prevailed.
Forepaugh's shown in a file photo. The restaurant opened in 1976.

After decades in historic St. Paul mansion, Forepaugh's restaurant closes

The restaurant recently mourned the loss of its head chef.
Are Minnesotans over the bacon trend? Bacon Social House thinks not.

Bacon-centric restaurant coming to downtown Minneapolis hotel and development

Breakfast meat takes a starring role on the menu at Bacon Social House.
Federal Galley in Pittsburgh. Galley Group is bringing its food hall concept to Minneapolis summer 2019.

New North Loop food hall will launch 4 micro-restaurants by rising chefs

A Pittsburgh-based food hall concept modeled on the tech industry gives Twin Cities chefs a chance.
Fairgrounds' light-filled, Instagram-ready space in the North Loop.

7 new Twin Cities coffee shops as eye-catching as they are caffeinated

New Twin Cities cafes are creating stunning spaces to sip an artisanal latté.
Rare books and manuscripts from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine at the U of M feature historic food and drink recipes.

Try the 'plague water': Twin Cities distillers are finding new drinks in historic recipes

Twin Cities mix masters are reintroducing antique liquors to offer a fresh taste of the past.

Young Joni, Rustic Inn sidelined by fires

Editor's note: After this story was published, Young Joni reopened. Acclaimed northeast Minneapolis restaurant Young Joni is closed while it assesses damage from a…
Copper Cow’s deep-fried burger.

Deep-fried burger at new Minnetonka restaurant is like eating at fair year-round

Even the bun gets the tempura-battered treatment at the new Copper Cow Bar & Kitchen.
Justin Sutherland on 'Top Chef'

After a standout run, St. Paul 'Top Chef' contestant is sent home

While he waved the flag of the North Star State, Justin Sutherland found his minor mistakes got him ousted from the cooking competition.
Meat that was up for raffle sat waiting to be claimed. ] COURTNEY DEUTZ • courtney.deutz@startribune.com on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at V.F.W. Post 494

The meat raffle: Everything you need to know about our weirdest bar game

A how-to guide for playing — and winning — at a great Minnesota tradition.
Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis.

Minnesota distillers win big in national craft spirits competition

Minnesota rum and brandy are leaders in their fields.
File photo (2001): D’Amico & Sons on Grand Avenue is closing.

D'Amico & Sons closing Grand Avenue location after two decades

Its other Twin Cities locations will remain open.
Chef Scott Pampuch at 4 Bells

Chef Scott Pampuch takes over the kitchen at Loring Park's 4 Bells

And he's bringing back the fried chicken.
J.D. Fratzke photographed at his previous post as executive chef at Bar Brigade.

Chef behind Strip Club Meat & Fish opening destination supper club in Cannon Falls

J.D. Fratzke was a star in St. Paul for his cooking at the Strip Club and Bar Brigade. Now he's bringing his talents to a "rural highway supper club."
Bark and the Bite’s new home in St. Paul

After fire destroys business, BBQ counter to become full-scale St. Paul restaurant

Bark and the Bite takes over the former Heirloom in St. Paul.
An increasing number of Minnesota companies are quenching drinkers’ thirst for unusual beverages with alcoholic and nonalcoholic elixirs.

7 Minnesota-made beverages may change the way you drink

Move over, beer and wine. Our state is flowing with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drink alternatives.
Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater now makes hard seltzer.

Minnesota craft breweries make a splash with hard seltzer

The spiked sparkling water is trending here and everywhere.
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