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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
Jun owner Jessie Wong makes Sichuan dumplings from scratch.

Restaurant roll call: New North Loop golf bar; Libertine and Funky Grits close

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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.
Rose Street Cafe is located in the ground floor of the old Schmidt brewery’s beer hall in St. Paul.

Patisserie 46 baker opens cafe in old St. Paul beer hall

But he's closed his pizza stand at Keg and Case Market.
Demonstrating the art of hand-pulled noodles.

Watch: Noodles stretched by hand at new Magic Noodle shop in St. Paul

How much are those noodles in the window? At Magic Noodle (1337 W. University Av., St. Paul, 651-369-6688, magicnoodleusa.com), you can watch the hand-pulled…
Haskell’s Wine Bar on Nicollet Mall.

Citing problems on Nicollet Mall, Haskell's Wine Bar has closed

The longtime wine and spirits shop remains open.
Drinks from Jinx Tea: Mojito (left) is made with Qilan Oolong tea, fresh mint and lime. Strawberry Dream bubble tea has black tea, cream, strawberry,

Teas inspired by cocktails at new south Minneapolis shop

After going low-carb, paleo and keto, Jennifer Wills was desperate for something to drink. The biggest drawback to the diets was boredom with her beverage…
Produce strategy manager Heidi Coe was amused by the appearance of an oddly shaped carrot at Second Harvest Heartland’s Brooklyn Park warehouse.

These Minnesotans see the beauty in 'ugly' produce

Minnesotans are combating food waste by eating "cosmetically challenged" fruits and vegetables.
The restaurant’s name is Norwegian for “water.” Above, krumkake and caviar.

New seafood restaurant off Lake Minnetonka opening in July

The plan is to focus on what he calls the "lesser-known, but more delicious" sustainable gifts from the sea: abalone, cuttlefish, sea urchin and wolffish, along with seasonal, local ingredients.
Unlabeled Beer Festival

Can you tell a Surly from a Schell's? Take a blind taste test

Sample a whopping 48 Minnesota-made Hazy IPAs.
A Mucci's sign appeared on the building that was formerly Meyvn, at 901 W. Lake St.

Popular St. Paul restaurant Mucci's Italian now open in Minneapolis

Trattoria Mucci's takes over former bagelry Meyvn.
Richard D’Amico and Larry D’Amico at the opening of the Brooklyn.

The D'Amico brothers reflect on their restaurant years in the Twin Cities

With a refreshed restaurant in Brooklyn Park, the D'Amico brothers look back on 35 years in the business.
Brisket empanadas at Prieto in Minneapolis

New BBQ-Mexican restaurant opens at the corner of Lake and Lyndale

This is what happens when a Mexican chef takes over a spot with a smoker.
Treats, a cereal bar and boba shop, is now open on St. Paul's Grand Av.

New 'cereal bar' opens on Grand Avenue serving up a 'nostalgic bite'

Sibling owners were inspired by visits to 'cereal bars' on both coasts.
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.