Taste of the Great Lakes: The changing food scenes of Milwaukee, Detroit, and Toronto

The Great Lakes are home to some of the largest metropolises in the Upper Midwest, and it’s no surprise why. The shipping industry helped build port cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, and Toronto into the towering urban landscapes they are today. But while they are linked in their industrial origins, each city’s identity is as unique … [ Read more]

In The Weeds: Creating a culture of self-care in the restaurant industry

Several years ago, chef J.D. Fratzke went missing from family photos. Juggling his role as co-owner and chef at The Strip Club Meat & Fish in St. Paul and opening a new venture, Saint Dinette, meant he was rarely at home with his wife and his daughter. Instead, he’d arrive at Strip Club around 11am, … [ Read more]

Supatra’s Thai Holiday: The longest month of the year

It happens at the same time every winter, but it always feels like a shock. Supatra’s Thai Cuisine, located at 967 West 7th Street in St. Paul, locks the doors, turns off the lights, and a posts a sign in the window that strikes fear and hunger into the hearts the entire staff of The Growler: “Supatra’s Thai … [ Read more]

Shucking oysters in the face of doom: The staying power of Meritage

There’s a style of dining that has been steadily vanishing from the Twin Cities in recent years. The kind of experience where you arrive in your finest outfit, are greeted by an impossibly caring host, and sit in an elegant room at a white tablecloth. Where a knowledgeable, non-apathetic server will care of you professionally, … [ Read more]

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The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]

Minnesota’s 12 James Beard semifinalists

Twelve Twin Cities chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, restaurants, and importers have been named semifinalists for the 30th-annual James Beard Foundation awards, reports the Star Tribune. The so-called “Oscars of the food world” recognize and celebrate excellence in 21 categories.The category with the most local names is Best Chef: Midwest. The Midwest region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, … [ Read more]

The Copper Hen competes tonight on “Restaurant Startup”

The Copper Hen will be featured tonight on CNBC’s reality show “Restaurant Startup” at 9pm CST. The show follows restaurateur/TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef/restaurateur Tim Love as they look to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Each week, two teams are invited to pitch their restaurant ideas to the investors. The … [ Read more]

How to Get Half-Off Meals at Sea Change

Sea Change Restaurant and Bar is offering half-off dinner food now through November 10. The only catch? You need the password to get the discount. The password: “Robb Sandberg.” H/T City Pages

A celebration of fermentation at GYST

A California-inspired concept has taken root a block from Eat Street Photos by James Eastman Yeast is a remarkable thing. It’s wild, temperamental, and unpredictable. Under the right circumstances, it creates some of the tastiest edibles on the planet—ones currently being gathered under the same roof in South Minneapolis. Gyst is an Old English word for … [ Read more]

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The Lunch Party Download

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam are not from Minnesota. They are East Coasters, hailing from Pittsburgh (Rico) and Philadelphia (Brendan). They’ve visited the Twin Cities a handful of times. Brendan even lived in St. Paul for a few months, a few years ago. They know their way around the W.A. Frost and St. Paul … [ Read more]

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Buster’s On 28th to Reopen July 7, 2014

Nearly a year after a fire forced Buster’s on 28th to close its doors for renovation, the South Minneapolis gastropub located on 28th Ave and 42nd St. is set to open its doors on July 7 at 11am. The restaurant broke the news in a Facebook post Monday morning: Post by Buster’s on 28th.