Bina’s will serve burgers, beer and cocktails on tap amid dive bar vibes.

Restaurant news: Centro owner opening a new kind of dive bar in Northeast

Plus: Vann is closing, Litt and Salsa Collaborative are on the move, new tacos and booze news you can use.
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The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

September 22
Ice cream made with True Stone Coffee was on the breakfast menu at Butter Bakery Cafe.
Revisiting the Band Box Diner (hooray!), plus breakfast sandwiches, ice cream for breakfast, angelic treats and a new-to-us place for Mediterranean food.

Pork broth? Squid ink? 3 savory cocktails at Twin Cities area bars you'll want to try

September 21
The Walken Pig at Skaalvenn Distillery in Brooklyn Park.
Fall is ushering in creative, robust flavors as savory drinks become more mainstream.
Eat & Drink
September 27
McKee’s plates pull on his experiences of traveling in Japan and cooking Italian cuisine. Eel is served over risotto with edamame.

Dine face-to-face with one of Minnesota's top chefs at new Sanjusan residency

Tim McKee reaches into his deep knowledge of Japanese and Italian food for the limited-time Itameshi Omakase.
Eat & Drink
September 25
The nation’s largest beer competition is in Denver.

Two Minneapolis breweries win medals at national beer festival

The wins at the Great American Beer Festival proved what we already know: The Twin Cities has great beer.
Eat & Drink
September 22
Provided Slice pizza co-owners Hosie Thurmond, left, and Adam Kado.

The Camden Social is now open in north Minneapolis, and more restaurant news

Also: Slice in St. Paul, Maple Grove's pickleball party spot and Oktoberfest celebrations.
Eat & Drink
September 20
Ann Ahmed’s newest restaurant on Loring Park has caught the attention of the New York Times.

Gai Noi in Minneapolis lands on New York Times list of best restaurants

Ann Ahmed's newest restaurant in Loring Park continues to charm diners — even the out-of-towners.
September 20
Rebekkah Brunson, left, and her wife Bobbi Jo Lamar Brunson in the kitchen where they make their plant-based Sweet Troo-Vi cookies.

With Sweet Troo-Vi, Minnesota power couple give back one cookie at a time

The plant-based treats have been a game-changer for Rebekkah and Bobbi Jo Brunson.
Eat & Drink
September 19
The popular sweet corn agnolotto is the “viral pasta” at Porzana in Minneapolis.

First look: Porzana is chef Daniel del Prado's most personal restaurant yet

The steakhouse in the former Bachelor Farmer embraces the chef's Argentinian and Italian roots.
September 18
Out with Chatime, in with Niko Niko Boba.

Twin Cities area's Chatime tea franchises go independent as Niko Niko Boba

The local owners of nine — soon to be 10 — Chatime tea shops are rebranding their boba empire as Niko Niko Boba.
Eat & Drink
September 15
Sean Sherman, on the terrace of the groundbreaking restaurant Owamni.

Minneapolis restaurant Owamni acquired by chef Sean Sherman's nonprofit

The move expands the reach of the Indigenous chef's mission — to address economic and health issues among Indigenous people.
September 15
The Band Box Diner is back after a three-and-a-half-year closure

Downtown Minneapolis' historic Band Box diner has reopened

The iconic diner had been closed since March 2020.
Eat & Drink
September 15
At Wrestaurant, Jeff Rogers reworks everything he loves about a fast-food burger for a shareable new burger that’s worth keeping all to yourself.

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

To celebrate the upcoming National Cheeseburger Day, we set out to try some new burgers at both recently opened restaurants and old favorites, and were not disappointed.
September 14
Water challah from Adeena Sussman’s cookbook, “Shabbat.”

3 cookbooks (and recipes) explore diverse Jewish cuisine for the High Holidays

The new volumes celebrate noshing, Shabbat and Roman Jewish food.
Eat & Drink
September 13
Ryan Pitman of East Lake Brewery, inside Midtown Global Market.

Midtown Global Market's Eastlake Craft Brewery will close September 23

After nearly nine years, the brewery said it can no longer afford the rent.
Eat & Drink
September 13
What you need to know about Crasqui, St. Paul's newest date night destination restaurant

What you need to know about Crasqui, St. Paul's newest date night destination restaurant

First look: Soleil Ramirez's Venezuelan dining spot is refined beachside eating in an urban setting.
Eat & Drink
September 12
King Coil’s tableside freezer martini will be ready to pour Sept. 29.

Restaurant openings, closings, changes and events around Minnesota

Plus: A casual new restaurant for Linden Hills, more coffee in St. Paul and plenty of North Shore restaurant news.
Eat & Drink
September 11
A friendship becomes a passing of the torch as chef Yia Vang’s Vinai replaces Sarah Bonvallet’s Dangerous Man taproom.

Yia Vang's restaurant Vinai to replace Dangerous Man taproom in Minneapolis

As one trailblazing Minneapolis craft brewer closes its taproom, a long-awaited Hmong restaurant finally finds its home.
September 8
Sarah Bonvallet and Rob Miller launched Dangerous Man Brewing Co. in 2013. The northeast Minneapolis taproom will close in October.

Trailblazing Minneapolis taproom Dangerous Man to close in October

But it's not the end of the beer or the brand.
Eat & Drink
September 8
Naem Khao is a longtime favorite menu item from Soul Lao’s food truck and it’s on the menu at their just-opened restaurant in St. Paul.

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

Savoring the last of summer with BLTs, elote pizza and strawberries and cream, while ushering in the cooler weather with spicy rice and supper clubs.
East Metro
September 8
Thea the cat slept high on a perch out of reach of guests Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at The Cafe Meow in Minneapolis.

Uptown cat cafe moves to Roseville

The Cafe Meow opens its new location Saturday.
West Metro
September 8
A rendering of pickeball courts inside the new Pints & Paddle in Maple Grove.

Indoor pickleball and taproom complex opens in Maple Grove

Pints & Paddle opened Thursday.
Eat & Drink
September 7
The Gai Basil has a stir-fried sauce that teeters nicely between salty and sweet.

Review: Minneapolis' Gai Noi defies expectations and redefines casual dining

The Minneapolis restaurant is the latest from chef Ann Ahmed, and an intimate tribute to her homeland.

Eat and Drink

Complete coverage of the Twin Cities dining scene with Minneapolis and St. Paul restaurant reviews.