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Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food
Phone: 612-673-4757

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 


Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.
Recent content from Rick Nelson
Pulled chicken arepa from Arepa Bar

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
It was big news when P.F. Chang’s opened at Southdale Center in Edina 20 years ago. There’s now a second location in Maple Grove.

Celebrate with these Twin Cities restaurants that are 20 years young

Black SeaTolga Ata and his family operate a Twin Cities rarity: a Turkish restaurant. Discover kebabs, gyros, falafel, dolma and other quick-service classics at affordable…
Pork pies at Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast.

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

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneTurkish Bagel at Cafe Ceres in Minneapolis.

11 places to get your bagel fix in the Twin Cities for National Bagel Day

Go ahead, start your bagel bucket list.
The Longfellow Grill on the first day back to 50 percent capacity dining in Minnesota.     ] GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com   Monday, Jan

Twin Cities chefs react to having indoor dining back on the table

All agree it's a step in the right direction.
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneCinnamon roll at Red Bench Bakery in Excelsior.

5 best things our food critic ate this week

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorites of his recent dining-out schedule.
Laurie Crowell, who’s celebrating 25 years in the food business, most of them as the owner of the Golden Fig, which has been championing local and a

Golden Fig founder has the golden touch at St. Paul specialty foods shop

Laurie Crowell's foray into local and seasonal specialty foods wasn't intentional, but 25 years later she's one of its fiercest advocates.
Rick Nelson • Star TribuneWhat is currently Christo's in Minnetonka is going to become Duke's on Seven.

Christos in Minnetonka is closing, but another restaurant will take its place

The longtime Greek restaurant will close Jan. 10, but its Eat Street location is staying open. Craft & Crew is buying the property and converting it to Duke's on 7.
Chef Ann Kim of Young Joni photographed at her new restaurant under construction in Uptown Sooki & Mimi.   ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune

12 things we hope to see from the food and drink scene in 2021

From promising debuts and comebacks to the downtown Minneapolis Dayton's Project, our fingers are firmly crossed.
honor awards 1. 510 2. Countryside Community Church 3. Second + Second 4. Westwood Hills Nature Center 5. St. Paul Academy and Summit School Upper Sch

These 10 projects are the best in Minnesota architecture in 2020

The best designs were awarded to six firms for 10 commercial, residential, civic, academic and religious projects.
Boludo chef/owner Facundo Javier Defraia is opening a second location of his popular pizza and empanada restaurant.

South Minneapolis pizza and empanadas hot spot opening second location downtown

Chef/owner Facundo DeFraia is setting up shop in the former McKinney Roe in early January
Trend forecasters predict that chickpeas will have a moment, going beyond hummus to desserts (like these cookies) and tortillas.

Trend forecasters predict changes in restaurants and 'flexitarian' diets

Many trend forecasters are focusing on the big picture.
Photo: Dennis Becker; Styling: Lee Svitak Dean and Lisa Golden Schroeder Spumoni Squares by Joanne Holtmeier

We have a winner! The best recipes of the 2020 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

This year's batch of contest entries boasted more bakeable recipes than we've seen in the past 18 years. Try one!
Churchill Street is going into a former hardware store in Shoreview.

Former Bachelor Farmer chef guides Shoreview's newest restaurant

A hardware store is being reborn as a restaurant, with a menu created by former Bachelor Farmer chef Jonathan Gans.
Amy Coppersmith

These Norway House gingerbread village pictures will put you in the holiday spirit

We can't visit in person this year, but the Gingerbread Wonderland has a big online presence.
Christmas cookie platter from the Czech Baker.

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Zapata Palms Pictures  Smack Shack’s North Loop patio will be open for business; it had permanent heaters installed this fall.

Bundle up! These Twin Cities restaurant patios will be up and running this weekend

Make sure to call ahead, first.
Provided by Landry’s Christmas dinner from The Oceanaire.

Where to get Christmas takeout meals in the Twin Cities

Updated: Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Christmas lunch, dinner, brunch or fixings at these Twin Cities restaurants.
Owners Peter Kiriharas and Susan Muskat on an early morning start at Moose & Sadie’s.

'Unfathomable' loss: Reflecting on Twin Cities restaurants we lost in 2020

From four-star restaurants to skyway favorites, the staggering losses have taken a toll.
A funghi pizza emerged from the wood fired oven at Rosalia.   ]  JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Chef Daniel Dell Prado has opened a piz

12 notable Twin Cities area restaurant openings in 2020

Opened or reopened in 2020, these 12 restaurants have already had an impressive impact on the habits of Twin Cities diners.
Kym Jolstad, left, with her mother, Kathie Kemi, of Cloquet, Minn. Sales of Kathie’s Coffee benefit pancreatic cancer research.

Kathie's Coffee creator honors her Cloquet mom who is fighting pancreatic cancer

Through some good restaurant connections, this coffee for a cause was born.
Family taco box with nixtamal tacos at Nico’s Taco and Tequila Bar in Minneapolis.

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

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Shawn McKenzie will open Cafe Ceres in the former Penny’s Coffee shop in Linden Hills.

Former pastry chef is taking over at Penny's Coffee space in south Minneapolis

The daytime bakery/restaurant is a partnership with Martina and Colita chef/owner Daniel Del Prado.
Clockwise from left: t the start of the pandemic, Heather’s staffer Zoey Brom-Palkowski handed off takeout orders to waiting customers. Ruhel Isla

The 2020 Restaurant of the Year? All restaurants

In a year filled with obstacles, there were many bright spots in the restaurant industry, too.
Chicken Liver filled Paris Brest with Black Honey Glaze and Foie Gras Royale with Crème Gitanes. The Grand Cafe has closed its south Minneapolis loca

Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
ProvidedLatkes with sour cream and housemate apple butter at Common Roots Cafe. ORG XMIT: qRWy2kO_VPhRCMezb32N

Where to get Hanukkah takeout meals (and latkes) in the Twin Cities

Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Hanukkah dinner (or latkes) at these Twin Cities restaurants.