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

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

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorites of his recent dining-out schedule.

Northfield, Minn., throws a dinner party for 1,200 people

September 20
Hundreds of volunteers kept the event running smoothly.
The dinner of homemade, farm-fresh local fare was free to all and accomplished three goals: celebrating, honoring and inspiring community.

Hungry at the Mall of America? Check out these 3 new spots

September 20
Bonchon at MOA
What's new at the Mall of America? Plenty.
Variety
September 19
Nordic Waffles

Rosedale revives shuttered food hall with Smack Shack, Nordic Waffles

The collection of Minnesota-based food vendors fills the space left by Revolution Food Hall, which closed earlier this year.
Eat & Drink
September 19
Pizza Nea has been a Twin Cities favorite for authentic Neapolitan crust pizza.

After 17 years, Pizza Nea on Hennepin Av. is closing

The Neapolitan pizza restaurant will serve its last pie on Saturday evening.
Jun owner Jessie Wong makes Sichuan dumplings from scratch.
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Variety
September 18
Creamy Sausage, Tortellini, Spinach and Basil Soup

Some tips to make weeknight dinners a breeze

Meal planning and prep can take the stress out of weeknight cooking.
Taste
September 18

Keep food safety in mind in your kitchen

Refrigerator temperature. Store food at the proper temperatures. Keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees or below and your freezer at 0 degrees or below.…
Variety
September 18
A drink made with matcha at Fairgrounds in Minneapolis.

Merriam-Webster toasts 'golden age' of food and drink with 'tallboy' and 'matcha'

They're just two of more than 530 new words and definitions added to the Merriam-Webster website.
Taste
September 18
Quick-griddled chicken with herbs.

The dinnertime standby of chicken gets some quick-cooking love

The chicken challenge meets with a hot griddle and fast recipes.
Taste
September 18
Sweet Potato Risotto With Arugula and Sage.

Sweet potato risotto takes you into fall

Plan ahead as the prep for this dish requires some attention.
Eat & Drink
September 18
Reverie Mobile Kitchen serves vegan food. The brick-and-mortar location is slated to open this fall.

Vegan restaurant seeks crowdfunding to open in south Minneapolis

The plant-based kitchen left its brick-and-mortar restaurant at Franklin and Nicollet in 2017.
Variety
September 18
Goat dum biryani dish at the Copper Pot restaurant, in downtown Minneapolis restaurant.

Copper Pot Indian Grill in downtown Minneapolis has closed

The restaurant opened in 2012.
Eat & Drink
September 18
See Meryl Streep as Julia Child in “Julie & Julia” on Oct. 23 at Heights Theater.

The Taste section plans a mini film festival at the Heights Theater

Let's celebrate the Taste section with iconic films where food serves as a backdrop to the drama.
Taste
September 18
Big Zucchini Pancake With Yogurt-Feta Sauce.

Too much zucchini? Make a skillet pancake with it

The key with this vegetable is to squeeze out the water from it and bake the pancake in the oven.
Taste
September 18
Pan-fried Cauliflower With Indian Spices.

Pan-fry your cauliflower for simple technique

No need to discard the leaves or core; they will add beautiful flavor to the mix.
Eat & Drink
September 17
Jun owner Jessie Wong makes Sichuan dumplings from scratch.

Restaurant roll call: Two North Loop spots reopen, Red's Savoy returns to St. Paul

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Eat & Drink
September 16
A rendering of the Grocer's Table, set to open in Wayzata in 2020.

New cafe-market by member of the Pohlad family opening in Wayzata

Lindsay Pohlad will open the Grocer's Table in spring 2020.
Eat & Drink
September 16
Hot dogs on a tray to be used for the hot dog eating contest between the Minneapolis Fire and Police departments at Chicago's Taste Authority.

Chicago's Taste Authority closes its St. Paul location

The restaurant's Minneapolis location will remain open.
Eat & Drink
September 13
Crispy bird's nest noodles at Jun in the North Loop.

North Loop's only Chinese restaurant reopens

A sprinkler system malfunction flooded the restaurant last October. Now it's reopening to the public.
Eat & Drink
September 13
5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

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

Highlights of a few visits to the new Graze Provisions + Libations food hall top Rick Nelson's dining-out highlights.
Duluth
September 13
Canal Park Brewery's Kölsch- Alakef Infusion is one of their newest beers that has a hint of coffee mixed in. With the brewery right on the shore of

13 taprooms to visit along Minnesota's North Shore

An essential guide to the beers, ciders and spirits Up North.
Variety
September 12
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner owner and pitmaster James Jones won an America’s Classics award from the James Beard Foundation.

It's all about the barbecue at this no-frills Arkansas diner

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Ark., has unpredictable hours — and a James Beard award.
Eat & Drink
September 11
Green + the Grain's Cowboy salad can also be made as a wrap.

Popular local salad chain Green + the Grain coming to St. Paul this year

More leafy lunch options will arrive later this year.

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