Review: Colita’s Many Charms Are Tough to Resist

Daniel Del Prado’s two restaurants may be sisters, but they aren’t identical twins. Martina has made a mark for itself in Linden Hills with its mirror-polished sheen of upscale glamor; Colita is newer and offers more funk. Colita is less “art reception” and more “party!”, a bit less seafood and considerably more masa, less polish … [ Read more]

Review: (Un)Lucky Cricket

Lucky Cricket is a cautionary tale for building a restaurant on a foundation of contradictions There may be no less lucky way to launch a major new Midwestern Chinese restaurant than categorically describing your mom-and-pop competition as “horseshit.” But that’s the tack world traveler and TV personality Andrew Zimmern took while launching his St. Louis … [ Read more]

Review: Lat14 Asian Eatery tells a personal story with boldness and style

Trends come and go, and while some are maddening ($4 donuts) and some perplexing (ubiquitous poke bowls in a state over a thousand miles from the closest ocean), some are welcome and improve the dining scene. Case in point: restaurants tied to a distinct sense of place. More and more new eateries have menus that … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour of Five Independent Eateries in Woodbury

When you enter the suburb of Woodbury from I-94, one of the first things that strikes your eye is the city’s profusion of chain restaurants: Five Guys, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Perkins, Little Caesar’s, and so on, from strip mall to shopping center to apartment complex. But like most metro suburbs, once you drag a … [ Read more]

Review: 3rd Street Tavern in St. Peter is helping to relight the torch of real barbecue

Step by painful step, Americans are reclaiming the proud culinary heritage of barbecue. Barbecue’s roots are deep, intertwining the foodways of the Caribbean’s indigenous people, traditions arising from the institution of Southern slavery, and regional variants that have become synonymous with hospitality in places as far flung as the Carolinas, Alabama, Texas, and Missouri. To … [ Read more]

Review: Holman’s Table

There’s a lot to be said for liminal spaces. When you’re transitioning from one place to another, you’re in both spots at once—and you’re nowhere, too. In that regard, Holman’s Table—the restaurant housed within the St. Paul Downtown Airport’s adorable moderne-style administration building—is a real doozy. You’re at an airport, yes—halfway between Minnesota and nearly … [ Read more]

Review: Sushi Train’s gimmick delivers real flavor

Have no doubt: The sushi-laden conveyor belt at the heart of Sushi Train is a gimmick. It’s a prop that sets the newly opened downtown Minneapolis restaurant apart from the dozens of other places slinging sushi in the Metro area and beyond—a visual symbol of excess, an eye-catching curio that makes you go, “What? Is … [ Read more]

Goat Cheese Fritters and Lagunitas Pils at Pat’s Tap

Food Meets Beer Hits Pat’s Tap on Eat Street By Jon Garland, The Heavy Table Photos by Aaron Davidson Kim Bartmann’s Eat Street hipster hangout has matured nicely since opening. A spate of tasty bar snacks and an impressive canned beer list is helping it become the comfortable neighborhood spot it was always meant to … [ Read more]

Braised Beef Carbonnade with Tilburg’s Dutch Brown Ale at Pig & Fiddle

Food Meets Beer Goes Whole Hog at Pig & Fiddle By Jason Walker, The Heavy Table Photos by Jamie Schumacher Known as one of the pioneering craft beer bars in the Twin Cities, Saint Paul’s Muddy Pig has devoted fans from all over the metro who keep coming back for its array of tap beers, Belgian … [ Read more]