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 best of his recent dining-out schedule.

Dunkin' Donuts is headed to Mall of America

October 17
Dunkin' Donuts is headed to Mall of America
The metro area's eighth Dunkin' is scheduled to open at the megamall in 2020.
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Drink up! The history (and future) of cocktails in the Twin Cities

October 16
Nick Kosevich of Bittercube Bitters demonstrated how to double-strain a cocktail to rid it of ice during a class.
A growing number of Minnesotans are willing to pay $10 to $16 for a drink crafted by a bartender who might be more precisely called a cocktail chef.
Eat & Drink
9:10am
MSP airport’s Terminal 1 offers many new local options, including the Hi-Lo Diner, the Cook & the Ox, PinKU and more.

Twin Cities restaurants are bringing local flavor to MSP airport

Stars of the Twin Cities restaurant scene take off at MSP airport.
Eat & Drink
9:01am
Above: Red Cow is located in the newly opened Food Truck Alley on Concourse E.

The ultimate guide to eating local at MSP airport

Skip the chains. Here's where to get a taste of Minnesota's dining scene at the airport.
Jun owner Jessie Wong makes Sichuan dumplings from scratch.
Don't Miss Restaurant roll call: New North Loop golf bar; Libertine and Funky Grits close
updated 9 hours 40 mins. ago
What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Taste
October 16
Cranberry Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies won in 2017.

Join us for a showing of 'Julie & Julia'

Birthday bells Our thanks to Pierre Girard and the Bell Tower Foundation for ringing in the Taste section’s 50th anniversary with an hour of food-related…
Eat & Drink
October 16
Minnesota law was changed in 2003 to allow breweries with annual production under 3,500 barrels to sell growlers for off-site consumption, like these

A history of craft beer brewing in Minnesota

From Schell's hefeweizen to Surly's Furious, the rich history of craft beer had many local players.
Taste
October 16
A panzanella for the fall season

A panzanella for the fall season

Butternut squash substitutes for tomatoes in this classic dish.
Taste
October 16
Asian-Style Slaw With Lime and Ginger

A flavorful spin on red cabbage slaw

Think autumn when combining the other ingredients with this dish.
Eat & Drink
October 16
Terzo Vino Bar in south Minneapolis has an all-Italian inventory.

As wine preferences have changed, so have the options in the Twin Cities

From Blue Nun and Mateus to Minnesota grapes, the local wine world has changed dramatically.
Eat & Drink
October 16
Coming soon: Asa's Bakery.

Bagels and bialys, coming soon to a new south Minneapolis bakery

Another farmers market vendor -- this time, it's Asa's Bakery -- is making the leap from outdoor stand to year-round, brick-and-mortar operation.
Eat & Drink
October 11
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

Rick Nelson highlights the best of his recent dining-out schedule, from a big new burger to a stunning lobster roll at Restoration Hardware.
Eat & Drink
October 10
Chef Shack in Bay City, Wis.

Make a day trip with leaf watching and dining at these 3 spots

These delightful getaways combine two of fall's great pleasures: autumn color and delicious food.
Variety
October 10
Lois Parker created a sourdough starter in 1970, and for the past 49 years she’s been using it to prepare breads, English muffins and waffles.

Minneapolis baker has used same sourdough starter since 1970

Here's how a Minneapolis home baker has been fueling her breads for 49 years.
Recipes
October 10
Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale owner Louise Saunders in the kitchen with executive chef George Lisovkis in 1976.

Recipe: Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale Potato Salad

Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale Potato Salad Serves 8. Note: This recipe, published in the Taste column “Requests” in 1975, is identical to a version that the…
Taste
October 10
In the kitchen at Charlie’s Cafe Exceptionale in Minneapolis with executive chef George Lisovskis and owner Louise Saunders in 1976.

The potato salad recipe that had the Twin Cities talking a while back

Famed Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale took great pains to get its important recipe right.
Eat & Drink
October 10
Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis.

25 Twin Cities restaurants that are 50 and older

From Al's Breakfast to Jax Cafe, these beloved local restaurants have stood the test of time.
Eat & Drink
October 10
The Carousel restaurant offered 360-degree views of St. Paul from the 22nd floor.

12 unforgettable Twin Cities restaurant settings from the past

Sometimes it's a restaurant's looks that stick in our minds. Here are a dozen designs of now-closed restaurants that formed lasting impressions over the past 50 years.
Eat & Drink
October 10
Tejas, in downtown Minneapolis, in 1987.

20 extinct Twin Cities restaurants that we still miss

Aquavit. Cafe Brenda. Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale. La Belle Vie. New French Cafe. The Nankin. The Lincoln Del.
Taste
October 10
Look back on 18 years of playful, artist-designed Taste covers

Look back on 18 years of playful, artist-designed Taste covers

Poster covers — some beautiful, some weird, some funny and all imaginative — were a Taste signature feature for nearly two decades.
Taste
October 10
In 1988, the Bake-Off competition, held in San Diego, was expanded to include cooking, not just baking.

For 70 years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has changed how we cook

The annual cooking contest has not only reflected food trends, but created them.
Taste
October 10
Help us celebrate!

Help us celebrate!

Break out the party hats and light up the birthday candles. Yes, indeed, the Taste section is 50 — and we’ve never looked better. So…
Taste
October 10
'Very impressed': Recalling James Beard's historic visit to Minneapolis

'Very impressed': Recalling James Beard's historic visit to Minneapolis

A store opening brought James Beard and others to the Twin Cities to bask in the adoration of cooks.

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