Resurrecting the Country Bar






The Country Bar is dead. Long live the Country Bar. Some have bemoaned the conversion of the grody dive into a more polished hangout—yet another victim of the suburb-ification of Uptown Minneapolis. But the redux of the infamous Country Bar isn’t trying to put on airs, despite the temerity of serving—gasp—barrel-aged cocktails. The space received a desperately needed […]

When the moon meets the pie: How an Afghan restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis created one of the best pizzas around






As of this writing, Donald Trump’s baby-carrot fingers are inching ever closer to the country’s nuclear codes, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting at an apocalyptic rate, and the Panama Papers are exposing the ridiculous shell game the rich and powerful are playing with the world’s wealth. To quote Kendrick Lamar, “Boys and girls, I […]

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Interesting vegetables: 8 takes on meatless meals in the Twin Cities






Michael Pollan’s maxim on eating is easy enough to follow. Eat food. We’re on board. Not too much. Not a problem. Mostly plants. Well yeah, but, wait—mostly? We give it an honest try, planning a week of lunch salads and shopping for brunch at the farmers’ market. Then Friday night rolls around, we go out […]

Grand Designs: Alma is expanding to make you feel more at home






Have you ever been to Restaurant Alma? The acclaimed restaurant has been quietly sitting on the corner of University and 6th Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis for 17 years now, while Dinkytown was razed and rebuilt with luxury apartments and St. Anthony Main has waxed and waned. It’s not new or hot, and you can’t sum up […]

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2015 Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Winners






What do we mean by Kind-Of-A-Big-Deal? We mean the innovators. The tastemakers. The chefs and restaurants driving a food revolution in Minnesota. The beers we’ll camp out overnight to get our hands on. The paths we wake up early to bike and the parks we take off work to explore. The albums that make us […]

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Twin Cities in the running for ‘Best Local Food Scene’






Does Minneapolis-St. Paul have the best local food scene in the nation? A USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice Poll is pitting America’s great food cities against one another and will crown a winner following the August 17 voting deadline. At the time of publishing, the Twin Cities were in second place behind Louisville, Kentucky, […]

Keeping up with Jon Oulman






The man behind the eponymous salon, 331 Club, Amsterdam Bar and Hall, Como Dockside, and soon-to-be Sheridan Room opens up about his journey from meat cutter to restaurateur Photos by Aaron Davidson It’s 10am on a sunny Tuesday in early June and Como Dockside Lakeside Pavilion is already buzzing. Even though Dockside’s full menu doesn’t […]

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Craft Cocktail: Negroni Puebla at Saint Dinette






Photos by Aaron Davidson “It’s all about drinking what tastes good,” Laurel Elm smiles from behind the bar of Saint Dinette. “But for me, it’s more about the relationship and less about what I’m pouring in your glass.” Elm has been a driving force behind the much-anticipated Lowertown eatery that opened in late June. Early […]

First Avenue at 45






A look at the club’s path to greatness and dedication to history First Avenue is one of the most recognizable buildings in Minneapolis, if not the state. It frequently appears in tourism ads, citywide shots from Target Field, and press coverage of their 1,000-plus shows each year. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, it seems that […]

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Dakota Jazz Club opens St. Paul speakeasy Vieux Carré






Downtown St. Paul has another feather for its increasingly crowded hat. The owners of the Dakota Jazz Club, a downtown Minneapolis music institution with roots in St. Paul, is opening a “sister location” across the river in the former home of the Artists’ Quarter. Vieux Carré (pronounced “View Kah’ray”) will have a “speakeasy vibe” and offer a light, seasonal menu […]

In Cahoots! A Collaboration of Craft (Beer)






10 Minnesota breweries will form five teams to brew five totally new collaboration beers for Red Stag Supperclub’s annual summer bash Block parties are a staple of Minnesota summers. So is beer—preferably local craft beer. So when the folks at Red Stag Supperclub were looking to put a new spin on their annual block party in […]

The Late Show: A Week of Midnight Meals in Minneapolis






Photos by Daniel Murphy Thursday – 10:30pm Nighthawks • kitchen until midnight, Mon–Sat A cook sits at the bar and eats a cheeseburger. His name is Russ. He first came to 38th Street, in South Minneapolis, looking for a job. When he walked into Nighthawks, Landon Schoenefeld said, “Show me what you got.” Russ made potatoes, […]

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Straight from the Source: Great Waters Brewing






Photos by Aaron Davidson With all the well-deserved excitement about Minnesota’s new breweries, it is easy to get caught up in the latest opening or the newest exotic style. However, it’s always worth revisiting the veterans of the local scene. It seems any brewery that has been around for more than three years is a […]

Brooks High brings a new take on Beer Battered Fish






It was a nail biter for Brett Drake and Pete Toft, but Brooks High Beer Battered hit their Kickstarter goal with roughly 24 hours to spare. With funding achieved, the next step is getting their craft beer-themed food truck up and running at taproom hotspots like Bauhaus Brew Labs and LynLake Brewery, which they aspire […]

Straight from the Source: Sisyphus Brewing






Photos by Doug Hoverson The architecturally-minded drinker might think there was something a bit unusual about both the taproom and the brewhouse at Sisyphus Brewing in the Loring Park neighborhood. It’s not the exposed brick, or the large windows—these are common enough in taprooms located in historic structures. The exposed rafters look normal, but wait! […]