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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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! […]

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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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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Truck to Table: Minnesota food trucks are going brick-and-mortar

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As the food truck boom matures, ambitious vendors are turning to brick and mortar establishments for growth and visibility. By John Garland Photos by Daniel Murphy I lounge on the patio of what will soon be Hola Arepa at the corner of 35th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis. It’s late April, with mild chill sweeping […]

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Eat This Now! Porchetta at Terzo Vino Bar

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By John Garland The Broder family continues to expand their culinary empire on the corner of 50th and Penn, and their newest addition should make your lunchtime rotation if you work anywhere near the vicinity. They’ve carved a window into the side of Terzo Vino Bar facing the parking lot. From said window, they’re dishing […]

Straight From the Source: Hayes Public House

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A comprehensive look at Hayes Public House, a new brewery in Buffalo, Minnesota. By Doug Hoverson Hayes Public House 112 First St. South, Buffalo, MN 55313 Residents of Buffalo, Minnesota are proud of their historic downtown on the shores of Buffalo Lake. In November 2013, they gained another attraction for the lakefront—Hayes Public House. Andy […]