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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
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

As the spring holidays approach, here are some takeout options for even the smallest gatherings.
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.
The Cocktail Room at 18th and Central opens in MSP Airport's remote Concourse A on Jan. 24.

Restaurant roll call: Local cocktails at the airport and a rash of downtown restaurant closings

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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.
Two of the cocktails at Miracle at Lawless, a holiday-themed bar in Minneapolis.

3 extreme Christmas bars in the Twin Cities for a festive holiday drink

"I'll have a punch in the boob," said one customer who sidled up to the bar -- totally straight-faced. He was referring to the name…
Cheese Sambusak from “The Jewish Cookbook” by Leah Koenig

For your Hanukkah meal, celebrate the miracle of oil by deep-frying more than potatoes

Step aside, potato latke. Celebrate Hanukkah by frying, well, almost everything else.
This closure joins other recent area shutterings, including Libertine and Piggy Bank.

Minneapolis's Lyn-Lake is losing another restaurant by year's end

Mercado by Jester Concepts calls it quits.
The Naughty Greek Restaurant

St. Paul's Naughty Greek restaurant adding lunch-only spot in Mpls. skyway

It takes over an Au Bon Pain in the Capella Tower.
The sushi restaurant Rare at the entrance to the new Lifetime Fitness at Southdale Center in Edina, Minn., on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Sushi at the gym? Two public restaurants open at new Southdale Life Time

Protein shakes aren't all you can get post-workout.
Barista Andy Regan, right, watched as Jennifer Ivers, of Minneapolis, placed a dollar in the tip jar Wednesday afternoon at Maeve’s Cafe. ] AARON LA

Northeast Minneapolis' Maeve's Cafe to close this month

The restaurant will close Dec. 22.
Meteor Bar is a new north Minneapolis cocktail bar from Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey.

'Elevated dive bar' with classic cocktails opening soon in north Minneapolis

New bar from cocktail veterans Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey will open in the former Donnie Dirk's Zombie Den.
Gavin Kaysen in his restaurant, Demi, in the North Loop.

Minneapolis ranks among best food cities in the world, according to top chefs

Bloomberg asked top chefs where they like to dine.
Minnesota-style — according to Red's Savoy — is a thin-crust, square-cut pizza with loads of cheese and toppings and a signature spicy "passive ag

Red's Savoy changes name to 'Maroon & Gold Savoy Pizza' for Gophers game

The pizza company that has built its brand on "Sota Style" pies just can't bring itself to identify with the opposition.
Chicken katsu from Ono Hawaiian Plates

Detroit-style pizza and Hawaiian food coming to new North Loop food hall

With Twin Cities food halls booming, four new restaurants to launch at North Loop Galley next month.
The Penny Poutine Burger at Piggy Bank in Uptown Minneapolis.

Uptown's most difficult restaurant space loses its fifth tenant in as many years

The fifth restaurant since Old Chicago has closed in what some think of as a 'cursed' address.
Sandy's Tavern in Richfield

Beloved Richfield burger bar 'straight out of a time capsule from 1987' reopens

Despite a new owner, "the space itself is really untouched by time," and the burger recipe won't change.
Three holiday pies from Surly incorporate beer into the filling.

Surly's boozy pies are back for the holidays

Three pies incorporate their local brews.
Avocado biscuit sandwich at Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

3 new restaurants turn Snelling Avenue into Mac-Groveland food district

Go hungry when you head to St. Paul's Snelling Avenue, with its growing menu options.
New web series “Relish” features host and chef Yia Vang — and steamed buns.

What is Minnesota food? New TPT series serves up steamed buns, sticky rice and masala

An offering from TPT examines Minnesota cuisine, one dish at a time.
Dampfwerk Distillery has a new cocktail room featuring their herbal liqueurs and brandies.

4 new places to drink this weekend in the Twin Cities

Plan your weekend with these new spots to taste beer, wine and spirits.
The machete quesadilla, aka the machetazo, from Machete Cocina Mexicana, is nearly two feet long and packs up to five fillings in a house-made corn to

Hungry enough for a 2-foot-long quesadilla?

The machete quesadilla, aka the machetazo, is the centerpiece of a Woodbury sister restaurant to Los Ocampo.
Souffle pancakes at Thirty-Six Cafe in St. Paul

Get decadent pancakes and dessert toast at new Grand Av. cafe

Thirty-Six Cafe is now open in St. Paul.
Andy's Garage at Midtown Global Market

Retro diner opening soon in former Bruegger's on West Lake Street

It's called Andy's Diner, and it's bringing the same retro look and diner menu now featured at Andy's Garage in the Midtown Global Market.
Original Hockey Mom Brownies

Original Hockey Mom Brownies opening bakery on Grand Avenue

The owners of a hockey-themed dessert truck are going brick and mortar, and they promise a rotating menu of more than 30 "designer brownies."
Cheese curds and a Jucy Lucy at Burnside in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

If you can make it here: How to eat like a Minnesotan in NYC

The Juicy Lucy, cheese curds and a supper club land in the Big Apple.
Paul Berglund was chosen new Best Chef Midwest for James Beard and was photographed at the Bachelor Farmer restaurant where he works Wednesday, May 4,

James Beard Award-winning chef opening a 'micro-restaurant' in Rochester

Grab a reservation while you can.
When the Rojo sign came down, it revealed a ghost sign from former tenant, Ling & Louie's.

Nicollet Mall loses another restaurant with the closing of Rojo

A new location may be in the works.
Dan O'Gara, owner of St. Paul's O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, held a press conference to talk about his decision to not reopen the original O'Gara's locat

Readers respond to the news that O'Gara's isn't reopening

Dan O'Gara announced over the weekend that his namesake St. Paul watering hole would not reopen in a new development on the site of the 77-year-old bar. Readers weren't happy.
The dining room at Baldamar

Now open: Baldamar, Rosedale's new 'modern' steakhouse

Yes, it's in the mall parking lot.