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Joy Summers

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New restaurant Noa is betting on downtown Minneapolis dining

New restaurant Noa is betting on downtown Minneapolis dining

Their debut on January 18 heralds a return to dining in downtown Minneapolis.
Groundswell’s cupcake of the month is a fluffy mix of pistachios and caramel.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Before Tim Niver opened Trattoria Mucci in the former Mevyn in 2019.

Trattoria Mucci on Lake Street in Minneapolis closing Jan. 29

But it's business as usual at the St. Paul location.
Laune will open on E. Lake Street on Friday.

Subscription bakery Laune opens storefront on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis

The owners are taking a hyperlocal approach to sourcing ingredients.
Not all comments about the governor’s hotdish were Minnesota Nice.

Gov. Walz's hot dish tweet might be his most controversial message of year

His food photography skills could use some work.
Avocado toast from Brim.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Smack Shack has permanent heaters for cold-weather dining.

22 heated patios for dining outdoors in the Twin Cities area this winter

These restaurants have outdoor spaces even in the darkest, chilliest days.
The lush dining room and bar at Mr. Paul’s Supper Club

First look: Mr. Paul's Supper Club brings a taste of New Orleans to Edina

An impressive culinary and cocktail team brings a taste of the Big Easy to 50th and France.
Black Dog Cafe was a Lowertown gathering spot for more than 20 years.

Lowertown St. Paul mainstay Black Dog Cafe closes doors after 23 years

The 23-year-old cafe and music venue is the first announced restaurant closure of 2022.
Pig Ate My Pizza exterior.

Restaurant roll call: The latest 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.
Wrecktangle will open a third location early this year.

The 10 most anticipated Twin Cities area restaurants of 2022

Our food writers predict pizza, great wine and good times at these highly anticipated new restaurants.
Daniel del Prado took his Linden Hills restaurant Rosalia offline until Jan. 2 to allow his staff to reset.

COVID concerns force Twin Cities restaurants to cut holiday season short

A typically festive New Year's Eve turned into another blow for restaurants as they temporarily closed.
After a historically rough time for events and restaurants, David Fhima forges ahead with plans to expand.

Fhima family plans restaurant complex at Ribnick Furs site in Minneapolis

Longtime restaurateur David Fhima is planning a restaurant, event center and speakeasy at the Ribnick Furs location.
Order The Full Monty, a New Year’s Day brunch special at 246 Grill inside the Uptown VFW.

Kick off 2022 with a New Year's Day brunch at these Twin Cities restaurants

Six hangover-busting, couch-snuggling, fortifying brunches fit for every kind of reveler.
Thea the cat is snuggled into a perch at The Cafe Meow

Minneapolis' only cat cafe is bringing kitty cuddles to New Hope

Uptown's unique cat rescue/coffee shop will open a second, larger location.
Meritage offers a variety of oysters at its raw bar.

6 Twin Cities area restaurants serving the best fresh oysters right now

Flown in directly from the coast, these briny bites are an ideal way to kick off the new year.
There’s one last week for gyoza from PinkU

PinKU in Minneapolis is closing after New Year's Eve blowout

Plus, stuffed turkey legs at Midtown Global and basketball fans get a food upgrade.
Heather’s staffer Alison Griffin organized takeout orders in the midst of the pandemic, providing a lifeline to the neighborhood.

6 restaurants at the heart of their Twin Cities area neighborhoods

Diners benefited from a rise of home-away-from-home restaurants across the Twin Cities area.
In late 2020, tables were spaced out and plexiglass divided dining areas at Alma.

Our best Minnesota dining experiences of 2021

From old favorites to new places, dining out had a deeper meaning after a rocky 2020. Our food writers share their best moments.
Shawn McKenzie worked in the kitchen at Cardamom at the Walker Art Center.

7 unstoppable Twin Cities chefs who dominated 2021

From openings, expansions and making eating at home more palatable, these 7 chefs didn't let the pandemic slow them down in 2021.
Honey and cream cake at Spoon and Stable.

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

The Taste team recounts their favorite meal of the year, from takeout to a communal spread.
Dana Thompson and Sean Sherman, co-owners of Owamni by The Sioux Chef in Minneapolis, Minn.

5 Twin Cities restaurants and chefs who survived 2020 to thrive in 2021

After a crippling 2020, these restaurants and makers forged ahead, only to re-emerge.
Pappardelle with mushroom bolognese at All Saints.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Crawdads are tossed in a house-made cornmeal batter before being fried and stuffed into a giant sandwich.

Mr. Paul's Po' Boys and Jams brings stuffed sandwiches to Edina

The sandwich shop, an offshoot of the supper club, is now open.
Inside the newest Yum Kitchen and Bakery in St. Paul.

Suburban darling Yum Kitchen and Bakery now open in St. Paul

Patticakes, a year-round patio, bubbly and more has come to Snelling Avenue.
Smoked whitefish smörgåsar at Fika.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Chef/owner Max Thompson is ready for a break

St. Paul's intimate neighborhood restaurant Stewart's will close Dec. 22

After more than eight years, chef/owner Max Thompson says it's time to move on.
Chef Tyler Shipton during his days as chef of Borough in Minneapolis.

Former chef of Borough in Minneapolis opens Lanesboro restaurant

Plus: Saji-Ya temporarily closing to make way for new building.
Executive chef Jack Riebel in the kitchen of the Lexington in 2017.

Jack Riebel, influential Twin Cities chef behind Butcher & the Boar, Lexington dies at age 55

The chef with a larger-than-life personality had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Potica from Sunrise Bakery by way of Iron Ranger in St. Paul.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Radio and TV personality Jason Matheson is one of the new owners of Lush.

Fox 9's Jason Matheson will revive dormant drag bar in northeast Minneapolis

The popular media personality is reopening Lush, and there will be biscuits.
Sarah and Brian Ingram’s Woodfire Cantina has closed.

St. Paul's Woodfired Cantina has closed at Keg and Case

The former wood-fueled eatery will now provide seating for other food hall vendors.