Summer dining looks sunny: Where to get your patio on

Summer dining looks sunny: Where to get your patio on

Summer is in full swing. Get out there in the fresh air and sunshine, and dine. Here are our favorite restaurant patios in the Twin Cities.

Toby Keith's restaurant in St. Louis Park shuts down unexpectedly

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Toby Keith's restaurant in St. Louis Park shuts down unexpectedly
About 80 people are out of work and a couple planning a wedding reception are out of luck with the recent closing.

Rick Nelson dishes on life as a restaurant critic

June 18
Rick Nelson dishes on life as a restaurant critic
Can a restaurant reviewer really be anonymous? How often does he eat at restaurants, and who pays? We grill Rick Nelson about his work.
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Who wants beer? Here are 2 Twin Cities brewery crawls to get you started

With 25 taprooms inside the I-494/694 loop, putting together a brewery crawl is easy. Two burgeoning brewery districts, one in northeast Minneapolis and the other along the Green Line, let you leave the car behind to take in multiple taps by foot, bike or train.
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If you go: 25 taprooms within I-494/694 loop in Twin Cities

These 25 taprooms are within the I-494/694 loop in the Twin Cities. 612 Brew, 945 NE. Broadway, Mpls., 612-217-0437, www.612brew.com Bang Brewing, 2320 Capp…
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Rick Nelson gives you his take on what's on the menu — good and bad — at Twin Cities restaurants.
Eat & Drink
June 27

Recipe: Sage and Honey Cornbread, Cilantro Pesto

Sage and Honey Cornbread Serves 12.Note: Recipe from by Laura Frerichs of Loon Organics; adapted from epicurious.com. • 1 c. cornmeal • 1 c. flour…
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June 26

Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Four people on the patron-powered vehicle remain hospitalized Thursday.
Eat & Drink
June 24

Minnesotans have ties to 12 international wineries

Minnesota wines are getting better by the year and are absolutely worth checking out. But there’s another great way to “shop local.”
Eat & Drink
June 24

Corner Table/Revival chef brings home the bacon

Thomas Boemer, chef/co-owner of Corner Table and Revival, was crowned “King of Porc” at a pork-centric culinary showdown in Aspen, Colo.
Eat & Drink
June 24
The Mac & Cheese Cupcake is one of more than 50 new foods on tap at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minn. State Fair heats up for 2015 with 50 new foods

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is about to get a lot spicier, thanks to the advent of more than 50 new foods, including loads of Sriracha.
Eat & Drink
June 20

Wine of the week: 2012 Dancing Coyote Clarksburg Chenin Blanc

For this cork dork, there’s something special about chenin blanc. Maybe it’s the combination of mouth-coating texture and crisp elegance. Or maybe it’s just the…
Eat & Drink
June 19

Dining out: Father's Day destinations

No Father’s Day reservations? No problem.
Eat & Drink
June 19

Burger Friday: Falling for an oldie (and big-time goodie) at Flameburger

The no-frills patties coming off the charbroiler at Little Canada's Flameburger — at a value price, no less — have restored our faith in the much-imitated but rarely improved-upon diner-style burger.
Eat & Drink
June 18
Ed Rensi is leaving as CEO of Famous Dave's of America, though he will stay on the board. This is a March 2015 file photo of Rensi showing new menu items at a Famous Dave's location in Bolingbrook, Ill.

Still struggling, Famous Dave's changes CEOs again

Ed Rensi, who was CEO for about 18 months, is the third chief executive to depart the barbecue restaurant chain in the last three years.
Eat & Drink
June 17

First chance to meet Rick Nelson and two chefs on Thursday at Star Tribune headquarters

In downtown Minneapolis over the noon hour Thursday? Swing by the new headquarters of the Star Tribune and meet restaurant critic Rick Nelson, Taste editor…
Eat & Drink
June 17

Pinot gris or pinot grigio? Both offer versatility at the dinner table

Whether it goes by pinot gris or grigio, in the right hands this grape delivers the goods.
Eat & Drink
June 17

Bradstreet Craftshouse relocates to Minneapolis' Lowry Hill

Bradstreet Craftshouse returns, now on Lowry Hill It’s back. Minneapolis’ first high-octane cocktail venue has returned after a brief hiatus, in a new location.
Eat & Drink
June 17

5 good places to eat and drink near the Minnesota Zoo

Here is a dining guide, whether you’re going for a summer concert or the animals.
Eat & Drink
June 17

Minnesota feeds World Expo Milan

Chefs Lenny Russo and Sean Sherman presented two dinners to rave reviews at James Beard American Restaurant in Milan, Italy.
June 16

'Plant police' shut down Mankato dining patio, citing lack of landscape

Blue Bricks’ patio violated a city requirement that it “be covered by at least 25 percent with live plants.”
Eat & Drink
June 16

Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson drops his anonymity

After 16 years of working undercover, our restaurant critic shows his face. Here’s why.
Eat & Drink
June 12

Dining out: Meals with a view

When it comes to dining with a view, these restaurants fit the bill.
Eat & Drink
June 12

Wine of the week: 2011 Hedges CMS Washington red blend

It was perhaps Washington’s first red blend, dating to 1987, and the 2011 Hedges CMS ($14) is still among the best, and absolutely one…
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