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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
A second location of Cardigan Donuts opened in the IDS Center and debuted the doughnut shop’s new line of ice cream treats.

49 spots in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour, too

A guide to where to eat for breakfast, lunch and after hours, from new adventures to old favorites.
Animales ribs have changed only ever-so-slightly since chef-owner Jon Wipfli first opened his smoker trailer.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Tony Scherber of St. Louis Park is a contestant on “The Great American Recipe” on PBS, which debuts June 24.

Minnesota contestant shares Korean recipes on new PBS food competition

The St. Louis Park social media manager is among the contestants on "The Great American Recipe."
Afro Deli is returning to its roots by opening a new location in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. That will make four locations, inclu

Twin Cities restaurant openings, closings and events you should know about

From a new coffee shop to free food trucks and grill kits, the week in restaurant news.
Smoked salmon bagel from Rudy’s Bagel Sandwiches at the Mill City Farmers Market.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The Minnesota Food Truck Festival is adding a Hopkins location this year.

Upcoming Twin Cities food events include fine dining with Van Goghs at Mia

Plus: Little Tijuana opens this week, Jetset resurfaces and legal coffee in St. Paul.
Dana Thompson and Sean Sherman are the co-owners of the James Beard Award-winning Owamni by The Sioux Chef in Minneapolis.

Owamni in Mpls. named best new restaurant at James Beard Awards

But chefs Sean Sherman, Yia Vang and Jorge Guzman lost their bids for Best Chef Midwest.
First look: Revival Smoked Meats in Minneapolis is a barbecue playground

First look: Revival Smoked Meats in Minneapolis is a barbecue playground

The casual new restaurant in the old Corner Table makes fun food with serious smoke.
From left, friends Greta Schwichtenberg, Carl Schlesser, Morgan Fulmer and Tony Videen make a toast for Schlesser’s birthday at Mara Thursday, June

First look: Mara dips into the Mediterranean at the new Four Seasons

We checked into the new hotel restaurant from top chef Gavin Kaysen.
Get a taste of the Mediterranean at Mara, the restaurant in the Four Seasons.

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.
Midwest Sushi at the Birdhouse in Robbinsdale.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Chef Gavin Kaysen speaks with his kitchen staff as they prepare to open Mara in the Four Seasons Hotel in Minneapolis.

What it's like to launch the most anticipated restaurant in the Twin Cities

Mara chef and owner Gavin Kaysen is no stranger to opening high-pressure restaurants.
Pizza farm? Polish sausage? Patio? Try these 24 ideas for iconic summer dining

Pizza farm? Polish sausage? Patio? Try these 24 ideas for iconic summer dining

Iconic Eats bingo will keep you full — of food and ideas — well into fall.
A reservation ‘hiccup’ led to cancellations for the forthcoming Mara

Reservations unexpectedly canceled for new Four Seasons restaurant Mara: 'It all kind of exploded'

People who made reservations Monday for the new restaurant found out Tuesday they were canceled.
Mara opens June 1 at the new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis.

Reservations for new Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis restaurant Mara go live

Mara, from chef Gavin Kaysen, brings the taste of the Mediterranean to downtown Minneapolis' new luxury hotel.
The Cease and Desist burger from Blue Door Pub.

The best (and worst) things our food writers ate at Target Field

From home run hand pies to strike-out dogs: Here's a handy guide to eating at the Twins stadium.
Amour Patisserie, Jai Xiong, Owner/Executive Pastry Chef. Yellow floral

What are the top trends for Minnesota wedding cakes? Check out these sweet ideas

Couples seek modern styles, dessert buffets and the personal touch.
An Oklahoma-style cheeseburger from Dream Creamery, a new ice cream parlor in northeast Minneapolis.

Travail Collective quietly opens ice cream and burger shop in northeast Mpls.

Plus there's a kickoff for the State Fair, Thai New Year celebrations and more.
On the birria tacos from Animales BBQ: “Amazing and so delicious ... I can hardly wait to get another.”

Meet the Instagrammer who is eating her way through the Star Tribune's 40 iconic eats

Carol Parry of Golden Valley has found some new favorites while revisiting old ones.
Do you miss Solera? Now you can get the croquettes from the former Spanish tapas restaurant at a subterranean speakeasy-style bar in Mendota.

Nostalgia is on the menu at Twin Cities restaurants

Both chefs and diners have found comfort in bringing classic dishes back to the table.
Potato Mozza at CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog.

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

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Julia Child prepares a dish for a TV audience in 1970.

Channel your inner Julia Child with these recipes that are actually achievable

As the HBO Max series winds down, take a page from the chef's playbook and start mastering the art of French cooking.
Don’t miss the Arabes-style tacos from El Travieso Taqueria.

Where to get great authentic Mexican food at 22 Twin Cities area restaurants

The contributions of Mexican Minnesotans have made our culinary landscape richer — and tastier.
Rachel Ingber with some of the heirloom cookbooks that she has helped create, starting with the book she made for her husband’s grandmother, Nana Mi

Love to cook? This Twin Cities photographer will turn your recipes into a cookbook

Heirloom Collaborative is preserving food memories with personalized cookbooks.
Sunshine-colored rice porridge with an array of mix-ins at the new Kalsada in St. Paul.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of weekly dining experiences.
Known for its diamond-shaped pizzas, Boludo is now open in its new, larger location.

6 new pizza places in the Twin Cities area (and beyond) you need to know about

From Wrecktangle's new stand-alone home to pizza on a farm, check out these winners.
A breakfast sandwich made better by a brissant and a hefty dose of Panda Crunch.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Saint Dinette chef Adam Lerner is crossing the river to help lead chef Ann Kim’s restaurant group.

Longtime Saint Dinette chef will help lead Ann Kim's Minneapolis restaurants

In other restaurant news, Dumpling in Minneapolis is closing and new chefs and downtown restaurants.
Rachel Sawn shows a properly finished angel pie at her Minneapolis shop Pie & Mighty.

Make heavenly angel pie this spring with tips from Minneapolis bakers

The most important ingredient of this Passover-friendly dessert is time.
The city of Napa, Calif., is locally referred to as “downtown Napa” in the Wine Country of Napa Valley.

Napa Valley's once-overlooked 'downtown' becomes a wine destination

The buzzing small city of Napa has evolved into an ideal base for exploring California Wine Country.
An underground tasting room in the cave winery at Porter Family Vineyards, in the Coombsville district of Napa Valley.

Wish you could move to wine country? These Minnesotans made the leap

California's Napa Valley is brimming with Minnesotans who are making their mark in the food-and-drink destination.
The Stand With Ukraine cookie at Kramarczuk’s.

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

The Taste team shares highlights from weekly dining experiences.
Street style and Cali style Adobo chicken tacos from La Tapatia.

Going to a Minnesota Twins game? Here are the new foods at Target Field

The ballpark is continuing its tradition of partnering with local food vendors.
These tricky cupcakes are on the April Fools’ holiday menu at Nadia Cakes.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Iconic eats of the Twin Cities: 40 dishes you need to have and where to get them

Iconic eats of the Twin Cities: 40 dishes you need to have and where to get them

Plus fashion your own Minnesota-to-go box with 10 homegrown supermarket staples.
An artist’s rendering of Mara, one of the restaurants in the new Four Seasons hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

New Four Seasons Minneapolis restaurant Mara will be chef Gavin Kaysen's ode to the French Riviera

New details emerge about the star chef's latest project, set to open in June.
Partners Holly Freeberg and Lanoira Duhart, of Crystal, dined at Travail Kitchen and Amusements in Robbinsdale. “We’ve been watching ‘MasterChef

Why couples are spending up to $500 on semiprivate dinners in the Twin Cities

Exclusive dinners are in demand as customers emerge from the pandemic seeking experiences to remember — and wanting to dine near fewer people.
Murray’s might be famous for steaks, but its raspberry pie is vying for the spotlight.

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.
After 35 years in Dinkytown, Camdi Restaurant is closing.

Camdi's long run in Minneapolis' Dinkytown is coming to an end

Plus other closings and what's coming soon to the Twin Cities dining scene.
Dustin Nguyen and Adam Witherspoon in the Fermentation Lab on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Beverage consultants 3 Leches’ new Fermentation Lab, housed in

Twin Cities food and beverage experts are bringing fermentation into the 21st century

"You're adding magic to food."
Dim sum is a comforting way to brunch.

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.
Sean Sherman in the kitchen of Owamni, which he runs with partner Dana Thompson.

Owamni nominated for 'best new restaurant' James Beard Award

Three Minnesota chefs also make the shortlist for a regional award.
Make the most of The Buttered Tin’s pie game by ordering one in advance.

Happy Pi Day: 12 of the best pies in the Twin Cities area

It's the one day of the year when math and pie collide.
Take a bánh mì and make it a Benedict.

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

Taste team members share highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The New Uptown Cafe is coming to a former North Face in Uptown.

4 restaurant openings (or re-openings) in the Twin Cities area you should know about

From an Uptown Diner spinoff and dim sum to a new spot for Animales Barbeque trucks, restaurants are on the move.
Hell’s Cafeteria is opening upstairs from the 20-year-old Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis. Its beloved caramel-pecan rolls will be on the m

Hell's Kitchen spinning off a street-level cafeteria in downtown Minneapolis

Hell's Cafeteria takes over the former Angel Food Bakery space.
Tater Tots and cream of wild rice soup: two Minnesota favorites that were meant for each other.

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

Taste team members share highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Animalz at the Opera was a recent flavor from A to Z Creamery.

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

Taste team members share highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
When Justin Sutherland isn’t competing or hosting television shows, find him at his St. Paul restaurant, Handsome Hog.

These 7 celebrity chefs are representing Minnesota on TV

From A to Z — or Andrew Zimmern to Zöe François — there are a number of familiar faces putting the state on the map.
Kim Bartmann owns Barbette, Trapeze, Red Stag Supper Club, Book Club, Tiny Diner, Bread & Pickle, and Pat’s Tap — all in Minneapolis.

Controversy brews over James Beard Awards selection of Minnesota restaurateur

Semifinalist Kim Bartmann had reached a settlement over back pay.
The culinary world’s highest honors return after a two year hiatus.

James Beard semifinalists include 4 Minnesota chefs, 2 restaurants, 1 restaurateur

Owamni, Union Hmong Kitchen and Kim Bartmann among those recognized nationally.
The Reuben burger takes what’s great about the iconic sandwich and adds a beef patty.

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Clancey’s Meats & Fish is known for its roast beef sandwiches.

Clancey's Meats buys former Grand Cafe space in Minneapolis

Will the popular Linden Hills meat market open a restaurant?
Boludo’s Peras pizza, with pear, gorgonzola, pine nuts and dill.

Popular pizza and empanada spot Boludo expanding in south Minneapolis

An around-the-corner move means big growth for Boludo, with more locations in the works.
Rita Mae Steger and Will Steger co-wrote “The Steger Homestead Kitchen: Simple Recipes for an Abundant Life,” with local cookbook author Beth Dool

Arctic explorer Will Steger shares recipes and reflections from his Minnesota homestead

Simplicity and sustainability are the main themes running through a new cookbook, written with his niece Rita Mae.
The matzo ball soup at the Gnome defies all expectations of bar food.

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

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Boludo’s pepperoni pizza is made with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes.

Our food writers pick their favorite pizza places in the Twin Cities

It's National Pizza Day. Can't decide where to get your pizza? Here's a little help from our archives.
Rice tots at Bap and Chicken are a homage to bibimbap.

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

Taste team members share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The new owners of the Lindstrom Bakery will keep the Scandinavian doughnuts on the menu.

Lindstrom Bakery with Minnesota's 'best' doughnuts has new owners with cafe dreams

The acclaimed Scandinavian doughnut will stay on the menu.
The closure of Seven Steakhouse & Sushi leaves a gaping, 30,000-square-foot hole in downtown Minneapolis nightlife and hospitality.

Closed: Seven Steakhouse & Sushi in downtown Minneapolis

The restaurant and nightclub anchored Hennepin & 7th for almost 15 years.
The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
The bone-in pork chop is prepared with an herb brine, miso apple compote, and crispy onions at The Creekside Supper Club.

First look: The Creekside, south Minneapolis' new-yet-old-school supper club

Bringing the essence of Wisconsin country roads to the Twin Cities, the Creekside Supper Club and Lounge is all about the classics.
Bartender Dan Odell garnishes the “Not Hot Toddy” with a lemon at WA Frost and Company in St. Paul, Minn. The drink substitutes whiskey with the G

Where to find the best alcohol-free cocktails in the Twin Cities area

These 16 spots are serving delicious drinks, minus the alcohol.
Shaved beef with au jus and freshly made potato chips are served up at a new Minneapolis sandwich shop.

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.
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.
Chef Jamie Malone delivered a Paris Dining Club meal to a customer in Minneapolis.

These top Minnesota chefs left restaurants to find 'a higher quality of life'

Glimpsing normal life during the pandemic, many chefs left restaurant roles that they loved. But they're still cooking.
W.A. Frost in St. Paul was among the first to require vaccines.

Updated: Which Twin Cities restaurants require proof of vaccination?

A running list of restaurants where you'll have to show your vax card or proof of a recent negative test to dine indoors.
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.
Pig Ate My Pizza in Robbinsdale is becoming Nouvelle Brewing by Travail.

Get caught up with recent restaurant openings and closings in the Twin Cities area

Out with 2021, in with 2022.
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.
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.
O’Shaughnessy Distillery has brought spirit to Minneapolis’ Prospect Park.

5 places changing the spirits conversation in the Twin Cities

These spots are laser-focused on specialty spirits.
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.