The Chilito is Dead, Long Live the Chilito

There are some favorite childhood foods that stay with you all your life—the way they smelled and tasted, their texture, and all the times and places you ate them become indelible memories. These are the foods we chase down as adults and enthusiastically foist on our family and friends. To eat them again is joyful … [ Read more]

A Tale of Two Butcher Shops: In a society where meat is usually mundane, two Minneapolis businesses break the mold

A friend called us recently, raving about a local butcher shop. She’d never been to one before and she spoke with all the gushy enthusiasm of the newly converted. “They have all the meat,” she said. “And they’ll do whatever you want to it—he spatchcocked my turkey!” And, to think, she could have had it ground, … [ Read more]

Last of the Embers: The final holdout of the Embers restaurant chain keeps the flames burning in Fridley

On a recent Thursday, we stopped by Ricky’s Embers Family Restaurant, just off 694 in Fridley. We’d arrived for the last Cruise Night of the summer season, and the parking lot was full of cars from every era, some more interesting than others—like a souped-up ’58 Ford Custom 300 with stainless steel dice on the … [ Read more]