Review: Hyacinth’s Debut is Crisp, Collected, and Charming

Hyacinth has got the glow. It’s one of those restaurant things that just happens once in a while: think of Martina, or Hai Hai, or Saint Dinette. The vibes are good, the rumors are all cheerful, and once the doors are open, all the buzz is positive. And then you go, and: yep, the hype … [ Read more]

Review: Grand Catch is a Mixed Bag

There’s no law against plucking a food from its roots and serving it to people who didn’t grow up eating it. Yes, that’s how you get gas station sushi, but it’s also how you get taco trucks, and if you deny the worth of those, you don’t have any business pretending to enjoy food. And … [ Read more]

Restaurateur Tom Forti on the Iron Range’s deep food cultures

The Iron Ranger is a small, independent restaurant located on the corner of Grand and Lexington avenues in St. Paul, and it has only been open for a couple of months. But its footprint is much larger than it seems. Its story ties into the four-generations deep heritage of Hibbing’s Sunrise Bakery, and is therefore … [ Read more]

Former New York chef Rikki Giambruno to open Hyacinth on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue

Chef Rikki Giambruno returned to his native Twin Cities from Brooklyn, New York last fall with one aim: to bring the freshest, brightest cuisine of southern Italy to St. Paul with his soon-to-be Grand Avenue restaurant, Hyacinth. “The food is going to have that feeling of being light, healthy, vegetable-heavy, and simple, but at the same … [ Read more]