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Sharyn Jackson

Reporter | Food and drink
Phone: 612-673-4853

Sharyn Jackson is a features reporter covering the Twin Cities' vibrant food and drink scene.


A New Jersey native, Jackson moved to Minneapolis in 2014, when she joined the Star Tribune as a general assignment features writer. She was previously a news reporter for USA Today and the Des Moines Register, and an arts writer and editor at the Village Voice in New York City. She earned a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jackson is a leader of the Minnesota chapter of NLGJA - the Association of LGBTQ Journalists. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and is a Livingston Award finalist.
Recent content from Sharyn Jackson
Dawn Hall and her daughter Sophia were Nacho Mama's first seated customers since the pandemic started. The restaurant was allowed expanded seating alo

'We want to show hope': Patios are open for dining at some Twin Cities restaurants

But the long-awaited opening date has been put on hold for many more, who are reeling from a week of unrest.
File photo of patrons enjoying Surly Brewing's patio.

Twin Cities restaurants, MOA put off plans to reopen amid unrest over George Floyd's death

The violence over the past few nights has some in the hospitality business hesitant about opening next week.
Dawn breaks after the second night of unrest in south Minneapolis, following the death Monday of unarmed George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody. H

'Let my building burn': Minneapolis restaurant owner responds to protests and violence

A restaurant caught in the crossfire of unrest in Minneapolis Thursday night has sent a powerful message to its followers on social media.
Damage sustained at Town Talk Diner and Gastropub after a night of violence

'My head is spinning': Owner of Minneapolis' Town Talk Diner assesses damage the morning after rioting

Town Talk Diner and Gastropub was one of the businesses damaged Wednesday night.
McCormick & Schmick’s, at 9th Street and Nicollet Mall, upper right, was known for its oyster happy hour.

Nicollet Mall loses national seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick's

The restaurant held court on the corner of Nicollet Mall & 9th Street for 20 years.
Exterior view of Sea Salt restaurant that operates in the park building at Minnehaha Falls.

Twin Cities park restaurants are reopening — with some new rules

More of the Twin Cities' waterside restaurants are opening, too.
A popular Uptown restaurant opens curbside pop-up in former Perkins in Savage

A popular Uptown restaurant opens curbside pop-up in former Perkins in Savage

Lake & Irving expands to the southern suburb.
Double cheeseburger from Bull’s Horn Food & Drink

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.
Customers and former employees visited with Muddy Waters staffers on the restaurant's last night of service. It was an emotional scene at Muddy Waters

Restaurant roll call: Bar and restaurant closings continue during COVID-19 outbreak

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
All Hands MN collaborated with Tattersall Distilling, Du Nord Craft Spirits and Brother Justus Whiskey Co. to create hand sanitizer in the early days

Hand sanitizer serves a purpose beyond clean hands

We all need hand sanitizer. And many people are in desperate need of food. Here's how they work together.
Ann Kim with her James Beard Award.

Young Joni's Ann Kim makes Martha Stewart Living cameo, shares frozen pizza dreams

The James Beard Award-winning chef is featured in the June issue.
Bánh mì will be on the menu at the new Pho Mai in Dinkytown. (Provided)

New Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Mai, to open Thursday in Dinkytown

Pho Mai will start with takeout, with a planned opening of its dining room June 1.
Yia Vang's Leftover Red Coconut Curry

Twin Cities chefs dig into their pantries for some easy lunch ideas

It's time to rethink the midday meal.
Jackie Slinger and her daughter, Sammy, shopped at Wise Acre Eatery, which is selling fresh food from its Plato, Minn., farm.

Struggling Minnesota restaurants are selling what's in their pantries

"Here is a way to get somebody a product they can't get anywhere else, and give them a small experience they can't get anywhere else."
Chicken shawarma dinner from Foxy Falafel

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.
Sisters Sarah Dan Bee Tulius and Megan Koh Eun Tulius of St. Paul.

700 Minnesota families sat for a photographer's project celebrating how they look alike

In Eric Mueller's St. Paul studio, he takes photos that reveal the uncannily overlapping physical traits of biological kin.
Karyn Tomlinson spoke to the camera while straining puréed asparagus for the soup she was making. Since the pandemic began, the former Corner Table c

With restaurants on pause, Twin Cities chefs host online cooking lessons

As Twin Cities chefs turn to home videos, mainly on Instagram, anyone can attend "culinary school."
Elote corn Danish from Patisserie 46

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.
Izzy's Ice Cream is closing its first location, in St. Paul.

Izzy's Ice Cream closes original shop in St. Paul after 20-year run

The Minneapolis location will offer delivery starting Monday.
Paul Charchian said Total Wine's Wolcott Special Release has become his “everyday” whiskey of choice.

Fantasy football podcast host's Minnesota whiskey tasting has a surprise winner

Organized by Paul Charchian, host of a popular fantasy football radio program and podcast, "Whiskey Weekend" is "like March Madness for whiskeys."
The Wednesday-only raised doughnut from Sun Street Breads in Minneapolis

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

No, it wasn't cereal and frozen pizza. Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Kristiana, 11, and MaryKate, 10, from Arden Hills, scoop the batter for chocolate brownie cookies.

5 recipes made by young Twin Cities cooks, from 'pretend soup' to 'pizza magic'

Think of this time at home as an opportunity to experiment with all sorts of ingredients to make mealtime a delicious lesson.
Owner Enkhbileg "Billy" Tserenbat prepares salmon carpaccio at Sushi Fix in Wayzata on Tuesday, July 1, 2015

One new Mpls. restaurant still plans its May launch during outbreak

If the stay-at-home order continues, Billy Sushi will only do takeout to start.
Yia Vang of Union Kitchen.

Minneapolis Hmong recipes make cover of Bon Appétit magazine

Yia Vang's food, normally sold at pop-up Union Hmong Kitchen and a food truck outside Sociable Cider Werks, is featured in the May issue.
Chowgirls Killer Catering president Maari Cedar James tossed a salad while executive chef Elizabeth Mullen doled out portions of mushroom chicken as t

Minnesota Central Kitchen gives restaurant workers jobs while feeding hungry

Inspired by humanitarian and chef José Andrés, the Minnesotans are using the area's talent and resources to provide hunger relief in the midst of a crisis.
Breakfast at the Egg and I.

After 40 years, Mpls. breakfast spot the Egg and I closes permanently

Its St. Paul sister restaurant, known informally as the Big Egg, will stay open.
The Lexington's pre-ordered Easter meal includes sliced maple-glazed ham, green beans amandine, scalloped potatoes, mixed green salad, dinner rolls an

Where to get Easter and Passover takeout in the Twin Cities

The spring holidays are here! How to set your table for a celebration, no matter how small
A mini-doughnut flight from Sleepy V's.

Northeast Minneapolis doughnut shop Sleepy V's closes for good

Sleepy V's doughnuts now available at nearby Mary Ellen's Bistro.
The state's frozen pizza industry is offering comfort in time of crisis.

'There are no rivalries now': Minnesota's frozen pizza industry offers comfort in a crisis

How a lighthearted competition became an opportunity to highlight Minnesota's role in feeding America in a time of crisis.
Heggies was crowned the winner in the Minnesota Frozen Pizza Bracket.

How Heggies came to rule the frozen pizza scene in Minnesota

The pizza brand looks ahead to a higher purpose.
The Star Tribune 2020 Frozen Pizza Bracket.

Who has the upper crust? Heggies meets Sven & Ole's in Minnesota Frozen Pizza Bracket final

An early favorite and a Cinderella head to the championship.
Hot Homemade Matzo Ball Soup in a Bowl

For Passover, Minnesotans hosting virtual Seders

When the holiday begins Wednesday, many Minnesotans will be attending virtual family meals.
The Soulful Kadhee from Raag Progressive Indian Cuisine is a coconut mojito made with aquavit and kokum syrup.

Unique ingredients make syrups for cocktails sing

These syrups allow the drinkmaker to "exercise a little bit of creativity."
Zoey Brom-Palkowski waits on a takeout customer at Heather's on Chicago Ave. S. in south Minneapolis. Some restaurants are hoping to serve alcohol as

Wine with your takeout? Minnesota restaurants lobbying to sell alcohol to go

Takeout goes far beyond pizza and burgers, and includes the beverages we enjoy with these dishes.
Fundraiser T-shirt

Fundraiser to help food industry

Buy a T-shirt, help employ a chef. Minneapolis North Loop clothing store Askov Finlayson is selling T-shirts to raise funds for Minnesota’s Central Kitchen, a…
A March Madness-style bracket to determine the best frozen pizza in the state.

It's metro vs. Up North in Minnesota Frozen Pizza Bracket's Freezer-Case Four

Some big brands went down in the Easy-Cheesy Eight. Who will advance to the Tasty Two? You decide. Voting is open until 5 p.m. Thursday.
Angela Gustafson donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of her Gustola Granola to Wilderness Inquiry.

How a stay-at-home mom in Minneapolis created a granola brand that's taking off

It took her three years to land on the perfect recipe, which she called Gustola Granola.
Men's and women's shirts at Askov Finlayson are $25 (the men's is shown), There's also a tip jar for $5.

This T-shirt supports Minnesota's furloughed restaurant workers who are feeding the hungry

The fundraiser supports Minnesota's Central Kitchen.
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Which pie can't be topped? Big matchups ahead in Minnesota Frozen Pizza Bracket's Easy-Cheesy Eight

Minnesota-made pizzas square off in the latest round of the Minnesota Frozen Pizza Bracket.
The Dramen is a combination of 3 ramens--Tonkotsu Black, Tantamen, and Tsukemen--at Unideli in United Noodles grocery store in Minneapolis.

Minnesota restaurants are closed, but their cooks still feeding those in need

A wide range of food, from kids' lunches to bowls of ramen, are available to those who need them.
Turmeric

This hip and versatile spice can make a great curry or flavoring for vegetables

Turmeric, today's hip spice, can make a great curry or flavoring for vegetables.
Chef Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and Bellecour in Wayzata prepared hors d'oeuvres for guests but he has closed his restaurants tem

COVID-19 brings changes to restaurants, bars and breweries in Minnesota

Al’s Breakfast, the Dinkytown diner, served its last breakfast Monday morning, even after a weekend in which customers seemed unfazed by fears of COVID-19. “A…
To practice social distancing, St. Paul restaurants W.A. Frost and the Commodore are rearranging dining rooms to keep guests six feet apart. The table

Stolen toilet paper but steady business at Twin Cities restaurants

In anticipation of the coronavirus spreading in Minnesota, some restaurateurs are bracing for a downturn, while others say it's business as usual for now.
Jean Adams Ervin

Writer became a champion of the cities she learned to love

An East Coast transplant, Jean Adams Ervin grew to love her new home of Minneapolis — even if she didn’t always show it. The guidebook…
Pastry chef John Kraus stops at Angelina Paris, one of his favorite sweets shops in Paris.

Tasting the finest sweets of Paris with Twin Cities pastry chef John Kraus

Hitting the sweet shops of Paris with an award-winning Twin Cities pastry chef as guide.
Swedish Meatball Sub is a new food at Allianz Field.

5 new foods to try at Allianz Field during the 2020 Minnesota United season

The stadium features dishes that reflect the game's international fans.
Chef and restaurateur Sameh Wadi.

Minneapolis chef Sameh Wadi judges 'Top Chef Middle East'

The Palestinian-American chef flew to Lebanon for a full day of judging the contestants on their interpretations of street food.
Baba ganoush and hummus from Chickpea, a build-your-own hummus bar at Potluck, Rosedale Center's new food hall

Minnesota's 'largest potluck' coming to Rosedale's food hall this weekend

Will there be a hot dish or gelatin salad? Find out Sunday at Rosedale.
Surly's 2019 line of its popular Surly Darkness beers, including the original brew and three variants.

Surly suspends 2020 Darkness Day over Minnesota's craft beer laws

State law prohibits large breweries from selling growlers that have been filled in their taprooms.
The new Trailhead at Wirth Park.

A new restaurant is setting up camp at Theodore Wirth's Trailhead

Mill Valley Market plans to open in time for winter festival in mid-March.
Dulce Monterrubio, the owner of Dulceria Bakery, at her Minneapolis bakery cafe in front of a mural painted by her 17-year-old daughter Sofia Haase-Ol

Minneapolis Mexican bakery Dulceria will close Saturday

Closing party promises pan dulce and cafecito for sale and Dulceria Bakery swag.
The caboose outside Broadway Bar & Pizza on the Minneapolis riverfront near downtown.

Minneapolis Broadway Pizza site may become affordable housing

Say a long goodbye to the caboose.
A rendering of the new Brasa, coming in Spring 2020 to W. 46th St. & Bryant Av. S. in Minneapolis.

A new Brasa Rotisserie is coming to southwest Minneapolis

One of the Star Tribune's Restaurants of the Year to add a third location.
Lasagna, spaghetti, chicken Parmesan and more at Mama DeCampo’s.

Lasagna to chicken parm: 12 spots to get a classic Italian-American meal in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities might not have a Little Italy, but its Italian-American restaurant landscape is still as rich as tiramisu. By no means an exhaustive…
The lobby of the Hewing Hotel is a cozy place to curl up with a book.

9 Twin Cities bars and restaurants with crackling fireplaces

Get nice and toasty this Valentine's Day at these charming spots.
Yumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar is now open in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill.

Popular sushi restaurant expands in St. Paul: 'It's kind of like Excelsior, but it's not'

Classic cocktails with a Japanese focus and specialty rolls are on the menu.
Winners congregate on stage at the 2019 Charlie Awards.

Awards season starts locally with the hospitality industry

Who needs James Beard when there’s Charlie? That would be the Charlie Awards, the Twin Cities’ answer to that other contest celebrating the best restaurants…
King Kong Sundae

5 of most extreme desserts at Mall of America's new Sugar Factory

From a Donut Burger to a 24-scoop sundae, the Sugar Factory delivers the goods.
Dari-ette drive in, St. Paul, photo by Rick Nelson

Classic Dari-ette Drive-In in St. Paul is for sale

Long before it gained wider fame with an appearance on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," the Dari-ette was beloved as a seasonal landmark.
Ben Afquack at the Minnesota State Fair. "Pretty much, he’s a duck that goes on adventures in Minnesota."

This adventurous Minnesota duck is now a viral internet sensation

A fluffy white bird from St. Paul is currently the most famous duck in Minnesota, thanks to some fast feet, fowl puns and a viral video.
Tattersall Distilling and Surly Brewing Co. collaborated on a new spirit made from distilling and aging the brewer's Darkness Russian Imperial Stout.

New Surly Darkness liquor from Tattersall turns the famous beer into a boozy spirit

Darkness Bierschnapps is out today.
The famous Parlour burger

Now you can get the famous Parlour burger from a Twin Cities food truck

Parlour fans, this one's for you.
Twin Cities baker Kathryn Goodpaster, right, assembled her creations for judging at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris on Jan. 11.

Minnesotan battles for the world cup of baking: 'It's intimidating, it's exciting, it's everything'

When a Twin Cities pastry chef goes to France for the Olympics of baking, she keeps her eyes on the rise.
Andrew Zimmern at Lucky Cricket, his Chinese restaurant in Minnesota, in 2018.

Andrew Zimmern announces new MSNBC show on food and politics

The Minnesota-based chef will travel the country to talk about social issues and food.
The two-story bar at McKinney Roe in downtown Minneapolis.

Downtown Minneapolis restaurant McKinney Roe has closed

This is the second closure so far in 2020 for the fledgling East Town neighborhood near U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Cocktail Room at 18th and Central opens in MSP Airport's remote Concourse A on Jan. 24.

MSP airport's new 'speakeasy' with cocktails by Tattersall opens Friday

The Cocktail Room at 18th & Central is in a remote part of the airport.
Marvel Bar bar manager Peder Schweigert made drinks from the new alcohol-free menu.

As alcohol consumption declines among millennials, more Twin Cities bars are holding the booze

Cocktail menus are evolving to meet demands for sophisticated nonalcoholic options.
A rendering of the new Earl Giles Distillery coming to northeast Minneapolis in late 2020.

A new distillery with wood-fired pizza planned for northeast Minneapolis

Earl Giles Distillery will bring cocktails and pizza to a busy block.
Erik Forsberg owns the bar Erik The Red, which sits directly across from U.S. Bank Stadium to the northwest.

Downtown Minneapolis Vikings bar to close Jan. 1, will move by fall

Erik the Red has a new home in south Minneapolis.
Chef Sean Sherman, who is Oglala Lakota, plating in the kitchen of a lodge near Havana, N.D.

10 Twin Cities restaurant openings to get excited about in 2020

If your New Year's resolution is to eat good food, you're in luck.
Nordic Waffles owner Stine Aasland held a Bacon, Mac & Cheese waffle at her stand which is inside Rosedale Mall’s new food hall, Potluck. ] GLEN STU

9 things that defined how we ate and drank in the Twin Cities in 2019

From bakeries to breweries, food halls to airport terminals, here are all the trends that shaped our year of eating and drinking in the Twin Cities.
Joseph Blade

Joseph Blade, reporter and world traveler, dies at 85

When he wasn't working, he was traveling, indulging in lifelong wanderlust.
From left, Herbal Champagne Cocktail, Poinsettia, Classic Champagne Cocktail, Kir Royale and 50th & France.

This New Year's Eve, spike your Champagne cocktail with these local liqueurs

This New Year's Eve, spike your Champagne cocktail with these local liqueurs.
True Stone Coffee Roasters is opening its first cafe at the Market House Collaborative in Lowertown, St. Paul.

Lowertown's Salty Tart to be replaced with True Stone Coffee Roasters' first cafe

Market House Collaborative's Salty Tart says goodbye Dec. 31.
The lounge area of P.S. Steak, a modern-day, seasonally minded steakhouse in the former La Belle Vie.

Here are nearly 75 new restaurants that opened in the Twin Cities in 2019

Lots of newcomers joined the dining scene in 2019.