Eat This Now! Shepard’s Pie and more at Half Time Rec

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When we hear that a dive bar intends to tidy up its act, we’re filled with trepidation. We’re attached to our destitute destinations because there’s a shiny, soulless bar with an “modern gastropub food concept” on every corner. Why ruin the character you didn’t clean for 20 years to build? Why slap lipstick on a pig […]

Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards Winners 2014

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We know you have been eagerly awaiting the results of our Kind-of-a-Big-Deal poll. We collected thousands of votes online in October and are excited to share the winners with you. Minnesota’s growing craft beer scene would not be possible without the work of these brands and individuals, as well as your appreciation and support. Thanks […]

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3 Lowertown Developments to Watch in 2015

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Intrigued by Lowertown’s renaissance? Here are three big developments to watch in 2015. 1. Custom House • 180 E. Kellogg Blvd The former Eugene McCarthy Post Office distributed the bulk of St. Paul’s mail for nearly 80 years. Now, the Union Depot-adjacent building is set to feature 202 luxury apartments, a 150-room hotel and space for […]

Lowertown Low Down: Saint Dinette and More

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The Strip Club Meat & Fish Photos by Daniel Murphy Lowertown Photos by Brian Kaufenberg Everything about the space at 261 East Fifth Street in Lowertown St. Paul feels optimistic. The white walls ascend to high ceilings supported by three palatial columns—stoic symbols looking disused, aching for new life. Tall windows look across Wall Street […]

Slay to Gourmet: Wild Duck

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Hunting photos by Jon Wipfli Cooking photos by James Eastman Driving north through Wisconsin, my mind kept wandering through what the next couple of days would bring. Coming into this trip, I was hoping to stomp through the woods in search of grouse and woodcock, but with the forecast leaning towards overcast and rainy, I knew […]

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Tiny Diner Menu Change Celebrating San Francisco Fare—and Anchor Small Beer

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Restauranteur Kim Bartmann and her team have been a busy bunch these past few months. It wasn’t long ago we shared a sneak peak of Bartmann’s South Minneapolis farm-to-table restaurant, Tiny Diner. Since Tiny Diner opened in June, Kim and her staff have gone on to revamp the old Cafe Maude on Loring Park into […]

Food Meets Beer: 20 Under $2

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Photos by Daniel Murphy The small bites at Tongue In Cheek are both impressive and inexpensive. We run the menu and consider a few other great tastes on a skimpy budget. 1–12 Teasers at Tongue In Cheek It’s Thursday afternoon in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul and we’re on a mission to drink six […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Walleye Fish Tacos

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As the sun starts to hit the tree line, I can feel a noticeable change in the boat. Rod tips start to bounce more frequently, the bait cache is depleting more rapidly, and walleyes start to fill the live well. After a day of musky fishing with minimal action, it’s nice to end a warm […]

Wine Wednesday: Nibbling at Foreign Legion

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The things that make for a good wine bar often have very little to do with wine. That part, you expect they would have nailed down. But what about ambiance? Food? Entertainment? We’ve seen many a vino bar fall by the wayside for not thinking enough outside the glass. We think Foreign Legion has done the […]

Baba Savarin at Cossetta

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There was this place in Rome that made incredible rum sponge cake. I’m not sure if it’s still there, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t. The ancient woman working the counter was surly on a good day. It was tucked into an inconvenient alley, and each time I arrived, I was the […]

Eat This Now! Bacon Chop at Libertine

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Salty? Check. Fatty? And how! Would a steady diet of these have you flirting with cardiac disaster? You bet. Just resign yourself to a longer jog tomorrow and enjoy this smoky slab with impunity tonight. Libertine‘s tenure in Calhoun Square began this summer on a promising note, if only for a simple juxtaposition: It’s not […]

Kramarczuk’s 5th Annual Kielbasa Festival This Weekend

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No one in the Twin Cities knows sausages quite like Kramarczuk’s. This weekend is your change to revel in their expertise at the 5th annual Kielbasa Festival. The two-day affair will celebrate all things tubed meat, with beer and entertainment to boot. We stopped by the Northeast deli for a quick chat with Nick Kramarczuk (below, right). […]

Eat This Now! Beef Tartare at Tongue In Cheek

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It’s either a surge of joy or pangs of regret. It’s that feeling when you see a plate leave a kitchen destined for another table. You’ve already ordered, and there it goes. It’s so beautiful. Depending on whether or not it’s what you’ve ordered, your night has just taken a turn. That’s why it’s our strategy […]

Eat This Now! Miso Cod at Verdant Tea

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The Verdant Tea house has developed a reputation for unique flavor. Their product approach seems ever-refreshing and their new food menu looks to continue the tradition. Obviously, their success began with the direct importation of Chinese tea from small family estates. Then, Sweet Science Ice Cream took up residence. After that began a program of […]

Sneak Peek: The Third Bird

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“Kim has vision for a space, injects an energy, and puts the right people in the right place like nobody I’ve ever seen before,” claims Lucas Almendinger. He’s the chef at the helm of Kim Bartmann’s newest project, The Third Bird, and the evidence is all around him. During the first soft-open lunch last Wednesday, […]