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Joy Summers

Food and Drink Reporter | Food and Drink Reporter

Joy Summers is a St. Paul-based food reporter who has been covering Twin Cities restaurants since 2010. She joined the Star Tribune in 2021. 

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The Art Deco wonderland that is Fhima's is close enough to Target Center to enjoy a pregame happy hour.

Downtown for the Timberwolves game? Here's where to eat and drink.

Bring your you-know-what downtown early, and maybe stay a bit late to celebrate a win.
When Tavern on Grand closes, Russell's Bar and Grill will soon open in its place.

A new pub for St. Paul's Tavern on Grand spot, another Wuollet eviction and more restaurant news

Plus: Smoothie bowls for the North Loop and another Wuollet eviction.
An Argentinean short rib cut of beef inside Porzana.

Dear Ant: Tell Sir Charles what's up with Minneapolis' dining scene

You get him here, we'll tell ya'll where to eat. And we'll even get him to St. Paul for breakfast.
The rib-eye sandwich at the Butchers Deli, a combo butcher shop-liquor store-deli in Victoria.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Among our best bites: Stumbling across a steak sandwich, a wine bar with top-notch boards, cocktails with a kick and a taste of nostalgia in the form of cardamom buns and fish and chips (but not together).
The ultimate patio guide: 60 all-star patios in the Twin Cities

The ultimate patio guide: 60 all-star patios in the Twin Cities

Our picks for the rooftop, lakeside and urban oases where you should soak in the Minnesota summer.
An upgrade on the usual breakfast sandwich from Animales Barbeque Co.: peppery, smoked pastrami, soft scrambled eggs and cheese on cheesy focaccia.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Devouring the menu at a new music club, barbecue for brunch, a transportive Puerto Rican favorite, a don't-miss lunchtime sushi special and celebrating morel season made for a tasty week.
From left, Mike Hidalgo, Danny Guerrero, Angel Torres and Daniel Torres make up the Behind a Bar bartending collective that's shaking up the Minneapol

A Latin bartending collective is shaking up the way Minneapolis drinks

Behind a Bar brings together notable local bartenders to share their skills and culture while trying to make the world a better place.
Greg's a hunger crusher. Who knew Hot Cheetos were what's missing in a wrap sandwich? Find it at Wrap.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

The new sandwich game in town, pulltabs and meat-raffle pizza, a taste of vegetable heaven, getting reacquainted with a friend and visiting the Restaurant Capital of Minnesota.
The flautas on the appetizer menu are tortillas wrapped around potato before being fried crispy and served under sauce.

A first look at Chilango, Jorge Guzmán's Mex-Tex restaurant

What you need to know before visiting the James Beard-nominated chef's new restaurant overlooking Bde Maka Ska.
The owner of the popular restaurant i.e. Italian Eatery explains the reason they're shutting down at the height of its popularity.

The story behind why Minneapolis' successful Italian Eatery is closing

Plus: a long-awaited Northeast restaurant has a name, a new Edina spot is opening soon and more restaurant news from the Twin Cities and Duluth.
Crème Brûlée French Toast at Baldamar's Champagner brunch

25 Mother's Day brunches in the Twin Cities that will dazzle mom

It's a list tailor-made for every mom, with dinners, brunches, high tea and even a spa day sans kids.
SoYen's pork congee is everything savory and wonderful in a bowl.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A doughnut-congee double threat, housemade flatbread, cozy lakeside pasta, a new perky breakfast joint and bar bites at their best were among our favorites from a very decadent week.
Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune
The small, but best fall patio destination: The Italian Eatery.

A wild week in restaurants with 4 closings and an opening

We say goodbye to I.E., Un Dito, Ramen Shoten and Hark Cafe, while Wayzata's Grocer's Table gets a sister restaurant.
A brick wall and the sliding metal door adorned with Ramen Shoten. There's a yellow neon sign that reads "Ramen" above the door.

Ramen Shoten at Eat Street Crossing in Minneapolis is closing

But the popular food hall space won't be empty for long as Vegas chef Louross Edralin brings in Staff Meeting.
This is the last week to pop into Hark Cafe in downtown Minneapolis for its vegan, gluten-free treats and meals.

More Punch Pizza, another reason to hit the St. Paul Farmers Market, and more restaurant news

Plus, Chimborazo opens in St. Paul, more Punch Pizza and another reason to hit the St. Paul Farmers Market.
Tipsy Steer's Chocolate Dream Extreme shake

The 5 best things our food writers ate this week in the Twin Cities (and beyond)

It was an eclectic week of eating: the king of desserts, a Best breakfast in Duluth, dinner at a new Minneapolis restaurant, the return of Arepa Bar (but in St. Paul) and a signature taste of Minnesota.
The decor at The Creekside Supper Club in Minneapolis has all the hallmarks of a classic supper club.

8 Midwestern supper clubs that get it right

Inspired by the latest "Top Chef" challenge, we look at old-fashioned dining in style.
Forgotten Star Brewing Co. is collaborating with Fit Foodie Finds website to launch the food truck Hodgepodge.

Forgotten Star Brewing in Fridley is launching a food truck, and more restaurant news

The collaboration with food website Fit Foodie Finds will open in May. Plus: Donut Star expansion, more seasonal openings, going casual at Kado No Mise and more restaurant news.
Blueberry/walnut pancakes.   A changing of the guard at the institution, Al's Breakfast. Doug Grina, one of the original owners and Alison Kirwin, his

Dining out on the cheap: 15 favorite meals for $10 and under

Prices might be rising, but there still are delicious bargains to be found at local restaurants, from a stellar short stack to cabbage rolls.
Heti will soon be available online and locally in shops like Marigold.

Why an award-winning Minnesota restaurateur is getting into the THC beverage business

Dana Thompson, formerly of Owamni, has released Heti, a new line of drinks inspired by nature.
Jorge Guzman, chef and owner of Petite León, poses for a portrait.

Chef Jorge Guzmán's Mex-Tex spot Chilango opens April 18, and more restaurant news

Plus: Sea Salt adds a sandwich shop, a new club in downtown Minneapolis, a St. Paul bakery for your radar and lots of other restaurant news.
Juniper sausage is a fine howdy-doo from Linden Hill's new Picnic restaurant.

The 5 best sandwiches our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Our latest finds for breakfast sandwiches, bánh mì and lumberjack-sized sandwiches, plus flavors of Brazil and Keefer Court.
Smashed Baked Potato seen during a tour of the new food for 2024 at Target Field in Minneapolis on Monday.

The first new foods to find for the Twins' 2024 season

There were plenty of Minnesota flavors as Target Field unveiled its newest lineup of snacks in the stands.
The Black Cat espresso martini at the Grocer’s Table in Wayzata comes with a housemade biscotti.

You asked, our Taste team answered: Espresso martinis, date-night dining, a D'Amico closing

You asked the questions, and we have the answers.
The chile relleno at Gustavo and Kate Romero's Minneapolis restaurant, Oro by Nixta.

Minneapolis restaurant Oro, 2 Mpls. chefs are finalists in James Beard Awards

Ann Ahmed and Christina Nguyen both advanced in the Best Chef: Midwest category.
Peachey's Baking Co., one of the standout vendors from last summer's State Fair, will be at the annual Kickoff to Summer at the Fair event in May.

Get a taste of the Minnesota State Fair with May event

Here's what to expect at the popular Kickoff to Summer event. Tickets go on sale April 5.
A rendering of Brian Ingram's forthcoming North Loop restaurant Salt & Flour, from the market area.

Brian Ingram will open 4 spots in the next 3 months, and more restaurant news

Salt & Flour joining the Purpose Restaurants fold. Plus: Linden Hills goes on a Picnic, Mill District gets its first Mexican restaurant and other dining news.
The Pão burger on the bar at Hola Arepa, topped with shreds of lettuce and just a little bit of mayo. The bun is threaded with rivers of melted chees

4 great new burgers to try in the Twin Cities this spring

Thick and spicy, thin and crispy, Juicy Lucy — even beefed-up beefy: These burger bites are next level.
Slices of pizza in Slice Brothers Pizza's new space in downtown St. Paul.

Slice Brothers Pizza opens Watch Bar in downtown St. Paul, and more restaurant news

Plus: A special Eid dinner, plans for a brewery in Rondo, more Gray Fox coffee downtown, another big-name chef series and more restaurant news.
Megan Longo waits a table on A Bar of Their Own’s opening day.

Checking the stats for A Bar of Their Own sports bar in Minneapolis

The mega-hit sports bar opened with a big splash, and we have the numbers to back up its success.
A new skyway breakfast option to flip out over.

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

We found skyway egg sandwiches, ushered in a new chef era at a classic restaurant, sought solace in pasta, found a new standard for fries and went beyond our favorite menu items.
General Manager Heather Ann Mady with Moua outside the building that will house Diane's Place.

Long-awaited restaurant by Minneapolis chef Diane Moua opening April 6

10 reasons the food world is giddy about this restaurant opening.
Mara's pastry chef is putting together an astounding display of chocolates for the holiday.

All-in-one guide to Easter brunch, buffets, takeout and carrot cakes

No matter how formal or casual your Easter is, there's a chef ready to lend a hand.
The first location of Treats was on St. Paul's Grand Avenue.

Wrecktangle owners get into the sandwich Wrap business at Graze food hall

Plus: Skyway egg sandwiches, ice cream treats and wine in the North Loop, special Ramadan hours and more restaurant news.
Crab boil wings at Klassics Kitchen and Cocktails from Brittney and Gerard Klass in downtown Minneapois

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A seafood-free "crab boil" and a new burger both got our attention, go-to Mexican on opposite ends of the metro, and tastes of La Belle Vie brought back all the nostalgic feels.
Pastries are made on site and fresh daily, with a rotating selection of sweet and savory flavors.

5 things to know about Keefer Court's revival at Asia Mall

Minneapolis' iconic Chinese bakery is now open in Eden Prairie, and it's delicious.
Leading the new season of "Top Chef: Wisconsin" is host Kristen Kish, center, and judges Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio.

Go behind the scenes of 'Top Chef' ahead of its Season 21 premiere

The new season debuts this week with a new host, and we got a firsthand look as the show was filming in Wisconsin.
Save room for the raspberry pie at Murray's — you won't be sorry.

Pi Day prep: The best places to get pie in the Twin Cities

While 3.14 is the perfect excuse to order pie, be sure to keep this delicious list on hand all year long.
The bar at Hola Arepa filled with new happy hour food: quesabirria on a tostone, corn pancake, nachos and chips and salsa. March 12, 2024

10 patios with happy hours to celebrate early spring

These patios have food and drink specials that are calling your name.
Keefer Court’s Sunny Kwan, left, and its new owner, Michael Bui, outside Asia Mall in Eden Prairie.

Chinese bakery Keefer Court opens at Asia Mall, a bar inspired by 'Friends' and more restaurant news

Plus: Soul Bowl owners open a new restaurant, new suburban restaurants and pop-ups you won't want to miss.
Tori 44 in Minneapolis has closed, but its sister restaurant in St. Paul is still open.

2 more Twin Cities restaurants announce closures over the weekend

Tori 44 ramen has closed, and it's the last week for St. Paul's Momento.
Everything wonderful twirled up with cinnamon and sugar — and entirely gluten-free.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

We covered all the bases this week: Gluten-free treats, classic breakfast, a dream of a vegan rice bowl, brisket worth seeking out and a top-notch value meal.
Walker Art Center's exhibit "The New Eagle Creek Saloon" by Sadie Barnette features a neon sign on a bar, as shown at The Kitchen in New York.

Drink at San Francisco's first Black-owned gay bar inside the Walker Art Center

Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette has reimagined her father's historic bar for the museum's newest exhibit.
A downtown classic: Buffalo wings at Runyons.

21 slam-dunk downtown restaurants and bars for Big Ten fans

Breakfast, burgers, bars and big meals to satisfy the hungriest basketball fans near Target Center.
Kristen Kish in discussion with Alison Arth last summer for Spoon and Stable's Synergy Series, which brings bold name chefs to the Twin Cities.

Meet the secret weapon behind some of the most successful chefs in the Twin Cities

Through her company Salt & Roe, Alison Arth is working with award-winning chefs to help improve the culture of restaurant kitchens.
Rick Nelson, Star Tribune
The La Belle Vie space in the 510 Groveland building, empty for a year, just signed a new tenant. He's chef Don Saunders of

La Belle Vie revived: Get a taste of Minneapolis' fine-dining past at P.S. Steak

Plus, we have wine bar news, a notable spot in Hopkins, a new deli in Golden Valley and more restaurant news.
Joel koyama/Star Tribune Andrew Nasvik delivers pizza's at Galactic Pizza located on 2917 Lyndale Avenue So. in Minneapolis. Galactic Pizza is a Eco-c

Super since 2004, Galactic Pizza has closed

The environmentally minded pizzeria debuted 20 years ago with homemade hero costumes and stellar pizza.
The metro area's last Pannekoeken Huis has closed after 25 years in St. Louis Park.

Bang the pan no more: Pannekoeken Huis has closed

After 25 years of Dutch pancakes in St. Louis Park, the restaurant left at the end of its lease.
Coconut Whisk co-founder Bella Lam grew her waffle and pancake mix business into a cafe on Nicollet Mall.

Downtown Minneapolis gluten-free, vegan cafe Coconut Whisk is closing

The restaurant will shut down at the end of March.
A Salvadorian quesadilla, a sweet cheese dessert that's a handy on-the-go treat from a Bloomington strip mall.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A pastry case that stopped us in our tracks, late-night eats, a new suburban pizza place, skyway sushi and a heritage pork chop with Minnesota sensibilities.
Crispy, juicy, fried and spicy — what could be better?

6 new foods to order at Minnesota United games

Hot honey fried chicken, braised beef-stuffed empanadas and more to eat while watching the Loons on gameday at Allianz Field.
Pizza and cheesesteak from the new Tono in Maple Grove

There's a new burger shop in town, and it's from the owner of Ramen Kazama

Plus: Say goodbye to Hell's Cafeteria and Apoy, and hello to more pizza in Maple Grove, a Minneapolis outpost of Tono's, a bright SunBean coffee spot, Vinai preview dinners and more restaurant news.
Tattersall Distilling's Northeast cocktail room was a place for cocktail aficionados.

Tattersall Distilling closing Minneapolis cocktail room at the end of 2024

After a dramatic start to the year, the company will focus its efforts on its facilities in River Falls, Wis.
Alejandro and Jenna Victoria opened their first Nico's Tacos and Tequila Bar all the way back in 2013. The newest outpost opened in February of 2024.

How a restaurant family went from a crowd-pleasing Italian eatery to a deeply personal Mexican mini-chain

The story behind Nico's Tacos and Tequila Bar, which has expanded its mission and reach as it opened a third location.
This carne asada burrito is hiding a little secret compartment of super-crispy French fries.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Unlocking burrito perfection, cozying up with a popular Afghan dish, spicing up vegetable dumplings, perking up with Vietnamese coffee and a new burger discovery made for a busy (but delicious) week.
The new brunch at Union Hmong Kitchen on Lake Street features a selection of early morning dishes, including a Southeast Asian-style omelet, studded w

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

New brunch alert at Union Hmong Kitchen. Plus speakeasy snacks, carnitas perfection and handhelds with global flavors.
Mason Jar Kitchen & Bar's fish fry has cod dipped in housemade Bent Paddle beer batter.

32 fish-fry options at restaurants in the Twin Cities and beyond

If your Friday-night Lenten ritual includes fried fish, there's no shortage of options.
Burnt end burritos, muffuletta, po'boys, and proper poke bowls have expanded their Twin Cities reach.

Now open: 3 new Minneapolis counter-service restaurants from familiar faces

Mr. Paul's Po' Boys, Ono Hawaiian Plates and Revival Smoked Meats have new outposts and are serving up new dishes, too.
Flourless Raspberry Cake from Rose Street Patisserie.

Updated: Attention procrastinators, dinner reservations are still available

Yes, we're just a couple of days away from the biggest dining out day of the year, but it's not too late. Yet.
Owner and chef, Marcos Pinguil, sets prepared brunch dishes the counter before being delivered the hungry guests.

Minneapolis' longtime favorite Ecuadorian restaurant expanding to St. Paul

Other restaurant news: Gia and Nico's Tacos are open, Maple Grove says no to Hope Breakfast Bar, and a Seattle pastry pop-up.
A rectangular pan holding a pizza with vegetables and dollops of sauce on it, on a table in a brewpub

The 5 best pizzas our food writers ate in the Twin Cities and beyond this week

It's National Pizza Day, so we focused our efforts on one of the best foods. No matter how you slice it — plain cheese, out-of-the-box toppings or a vegan pie to remember — there's great pizza in the metro area.
Sam Cassidy and Sarina Garibovic inside the under-construction space that will become Small Hours, a wine bar in northeast Minneapolis.

A new wine bar is opening in Minneapolis, and it will sound like nothing else

When a wine expert and a musician build a bar, cool things follow. Small Hours will debut this summer, but you can get an early taste.
Monte Carlo wings, ALEX KORMANN •

Our 20 favorite places for chicken wings in the Twin Cities area

And they are separated into categories for your snacking convenience.
Dumplings are traditionally served boiled, but fans of those from Saturday Dumpling Co. often fry theirs until the bottoms are brown and crispy.

A lonely Chinese New Year created one of Minneapolis' most viral pop-up kitchens. What's next for them?

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon by eating dumplings, or try to make them at home with a recipe from Saturday Dumpling Co.
The new music bar Berlin offers live music six nights a week and a menu by chef Jamie Malone.

Restaurant openings and closings in the Twin Cities

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Now that the 100-foot ice bar in downtown Minneapolis is done, St. Paul is ready to build its own — at 10 different bars in the city.

A new noodle restaurant for Eat Street, cocktail bar in Duluth, St. Paul ice bars and more restaurant news

Traditional Chinese noodle soup is at the center of the menu. Plus: Ramen in Burnsville, ice bars in St. Paul and excitement on the Duluth dining scene.
A brown and green clay dish with a crisp-skinned airline cut chicken breast over a light brown sauce, with a white spoon full of a butter sauce on the

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Chicken and a breakfast sandwich for the ages (and in St. Paul), a tasting dinner that still wows and the Southern charms of hummingbird cake and étouffée.
Starling by Jester Concepts will open in Edina this spring, across from city hall.

Downtown Minneapolis restaurant group makes a move in the suburbs

Seeking to "diversify," Jester Concepts, the group behind Butcher & the Boar and P.S. Steak, will open Starling this spring in Edina.
A new smash burger comes with lacy beef edges and a pile of housemade chips at Bina's.

Two restaurants open with affordable fun, one in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul

Tater tot hotdish, smashburgers, photo moments and shots! Get to know Bina's and Smorgie's.
Pauley's in St. Paul has a burger that exemplifies Minnesota nice — with a kick.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A new burger to try, banana bread in Danish form, pork chop nirvana and cozying up to poutine and bao buns.
Oro by Nixta, from Gustavo and Kate Romero, is a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, a national category.

8 James Beard semifinalist nods for Twin Cities talent

Oro by Nixta, Daniel del Prado, Marc Heu and Meteor were recognized in national categories.
Photographs of Revival Smoked Meats in Minneapolis, MN. All photos taken by Eliesa Johnson of The Restaurant Project 2022.

Revival brings its Southern barbecue charms to Malcolm Yards, and more restaurant news

Plus: Nashville Coop expands to Richfield, Dario opens this Friday and more food news.
Meander through the Four Seasons Nordic Village in a progressive dinner experience that has indoor and outdoor elements.

Where to eat during the St. Paul Winter Carnival and Great Northern festival

There are plenty of opportunities to feast your way through these events that put Minnesota's winter front and center.
Khâluna’s duck congee is particularly well suited to midwinter brunching.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

A brunch for the ages, seeking solace in ramen, pizza and cheesesteaks expand to the west metro, fall-apart brisket and baklava ice cream from a new Middle Eastern shop.
Bauhaus Brew Labs’ cans of nonalcoholic beer are available all over town and unlike the booze-free beers of yore, actually taste just like the craft

3 Minnesota makers who are changing the way we don't drink

Minnesota is raising the N/A game with technology that takes the alcohol out of beer but leaves the flavor, a brewery owner that took a chance on it, and a mixologist who is mastering shrubs.