Cafe Lurcat's bar area.

3 Christmas dining-out (and drinking) ideas in Minneapolis

Dining out for the holidays? Here are three spots to consider.

Inside the University of Minnesota's secret meat and cheese market

December 5
Graduate student Jenn Carnell makes her selection from the dairy case. Popular items at the campus Dairy and Meat Salesroom often run out.
A small shop on the U's St. Paul campus has been selling dairy and meat at bargain prices for decades.
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5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

December 6
5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorite of his recent dining-out schedule.
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December 5
The winning cookies: Whiskey Gingers, Smoky Blue Cheese and Cherry Biscuits, Minnesota Sundae Cookies, Italian Cream Cake Cookies and Orange Ginger Tu

The winning cookies of the 2019 Star Tribune Cookie Contest

Out of 207 entries, we have four finalists and a winner. They're appealing on many levels, especially the way each one introduces a wide range of delicious ingredients into our cookie universe: whiskey, sunflower seeds, turmeric and tea.
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December 5
“If you’ve never baked anything else, cookies are a good way to start,” said Amy Carter, an executive chef for product development at Lunds & By

17 cookie-baking tips, from an expert

A professional, with decades of experience, offers helpful cookie-baking tips.
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Rick Nelson gives you his take on what's on the menu — good and bad — at Twin Cities restaurants.
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December 5
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.
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December 4
How to get free cookies in downtown Minneapolis today

How to get free cookies in downtown Minneapolis today

Now that we have your attention, mark your calendars for the Star Tribune's annual cookie fest on Thursday, Dec. 5 in downtown Minneapolis.
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December 3
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.
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December 3
New North Loop sushi bar in the works from the team behind Sushi Fix

New North Loop sushi bar in the works from the team behind Sushi Fix

Billy Tserenbat, the founder of Sushi Fix -- and current owner of Baja Haus and Bibuta -- is taking over the former Sweet Chow space.
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December 2
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.
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December 2
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.
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December 1
Murray's is a downtown Minneapolis institution.

Oysters, pasta and pizza: Here are 5 Twin Cities dining deals

Looking for a nice night out that doesn't break the bank? Try these five bargains.
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November 30
Molten cheese and fat ooze from a Jucy Lucy burger at Matt’s Bar in south Minneapolis.

The stuffed burger remains Minnesota's ambassador to the world

No matter how it's spelled, our own cheese-stuffed burger has made its mark.
Eat & Drink
November 27
Beaujolais by Louis Jadot Vineyard and Chenin Blanc by Chappellet Vineyard.

Consider a light red to drink for the big Thanksgiving meal

Twin Cities chefs offer suggestions for what drinks to serve alongside such wide-ranging holiday feasts.
Eat & Drink
November 27
Guests toasting with wine during Thanksgiving dinner at dining table.

Be ready for holiday guests with wine on hand

These selections are worthy of buying by the case any time of the year.
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November 27
The dining room at P.S. Steak in Minneapolis.

Ask the critic: Quiet restaurants, Rosedale, gluten-free options and more

Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions.
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November 27
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.
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November 26
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.
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November 23
Animales Barbeque Co. is repeating its ode to burger icons Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

3 post-Thanksgiving dining ideas at Twin Cities restaurants

Animales Barbeque Co. Following a hugely successful Halloween burgerfest, chef/owner Jon Wipfli will be repeating that affectionate ode to burger icons — no trademarked names,…
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November 22
Brenda Langton, who has been involved in the Twin Cities restaurant scene for 40 years, posed for a photo at her restaurant Spoonriver.

Trailblazing Spoonriver restaurant to close

Partnership of Birchwood Cafe, Minnesota Farmers Union will be taking over the space.
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November 22
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.
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November 22
5 best things our food critic ate in Twin Cities this week

5 best things our food critic ate in Twin Cities this week

From hotcakes to hamachi, here's a rundown of restaurant critic Rick Nelson's highlights from his recent dining-out schedule.
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November 21
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.

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