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Rick Nelson

Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food
Phone: 612-673-4757

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 


Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.
Recent content from Rick Nelson
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These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Hanukkah takeout meals (and latkes)

Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Hanukkah dinner (or latkes) at these Twin Cities restaurants.
Provided by Landry's Christmas dinner from The Oceanaire.

These Twin Cities restaurants are offering Christmas takeout meals

Let someone else do the cooking during this holiday season, and order a Christmas lunch, dinner, brunch or fixings at these Twin Cities restaurants.
Rick Nelson • Star Tribune  Cheeseburger at Bebe Burger

5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Sharyn Jackson and Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Photo: Dennis Becker; Styling: Lee Svitak Dean and Lisa Golden Schroeder Spumoni Squares by Joanne Holtmeier

These are the winning recipes of the 2020 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

The bakers share what went in to creating their winning cookies.
Chino Latino had been in decline for several years, said its co-founder, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s kill

Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
D'Amico's feeds-six celebration ($195) that includes wild rice salad, sweet potatoes with brown butter, green bean casserole, smashed potatoes, sausag

25 Twin Cities restaurants serving takeout Thanksgiving dinners

Whether this year's Thanksgiving dinner is a solo meal or a group gathered around the table, consider having culinary pros do the cooking.
You can now eat inside a restaurant in Minnesota: Here's what it will be like

You can now eat inside a restaurant in Minnesota: Here's what it will be like

While many Twin Cities restaurateurs are excited to seat guests indoors, some are more cautious.
5 comfort-minded, stress-relieving recipes to bake now for a bit of calm

5 comfort-minded, stress-relieving recipes to bake now for a bit of calm

Anxious? Hungry? Then head to the kitchen and break out the flour and sugar.
Twin Cities restaurant takeout/delivery options picked by our food critic

Twin Cities restaurant takeout/delivery options picked by our food critic

Takeout and delivery is the fast-changing new normal for the Twin Cities restaurant scene. Here's a critic's list of Twin Cities metro area options.
5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorites of his recent dining-out schedule.
Fire-roasted Eggplant With Red Onion and Yogurt

Shake up your Thanksgiving tradition with these appetizers

While you're getting dinner ready in the kitchen, keep guests happy in the living room with festive snacks that are small in scale but big on flavor.
State Fair adds 31 new foods and 7 new vendors

State Fair adds 31 new foods and 7 new vendors

Get ready for Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Mini Donut Lattes and Peaches n' Cream Nachos. The Minnesota State Fair has announced its new foods for the 2019 fair, and the list includes the usual attention-seekers and potential gut bombs.
Pear Spice Bundt Cake.

50 years of Bundt cake recipes, from the wacky to the divine

For the past 50 years, Taste has featured cake recipes that take full advantage of one of the state's leading culinary exports.
The main dining room in the now closed Heyday.

Saying goodbye: 40 Twin Cities restaurants that closed in 2018

It's been a year of ups and downs at Twin Cities restaurants. Here are the closings we mourn.
Top 10 Twin Cities dishes of the year

Top 10 Twin Cities dishes of the year

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson looks back at 2017's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.
Chef and owner of Spoon and Stable Gavin Kaysen toasted the staff on the day the restaurant was nominated for Best New Restaurant by The James Beard F

See past winners of the Star Tribune's Restaurant and Chef of the Year

The Star Tribune's Restaurant of the Year award celebrates the work of a restaurant that opened — or was substantially altered — during the previous…
Gavin Kaysen.

Chef of the Year: Gavin Kaysen's standard-setting ways continue with Wayzata's Bellecour

The talent behind Spoon and Stable introduced spectacular French bistro fare – and an equally spectacular bakery – to downtown Wayzata.
Ramen at Ramen Kazama.

What were the top 10 Twin Cities restaurant dishes of 2016?

Critic Rick Nelson looks back at the year's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.
The gravlax smörrebrod dish at Upton 43.

Restaurant of the Year: Upton 43 serves up Swedish modern masterpieces

At Upton 43, Erick Harcey updates the flavors of the Old Country with a spin of his own.
Peeps Hotul

Summer Fun 2016: The best new food trucks

The latest generation of rolling restaurants means if there's a street, you'll find something to eat.
Interactive map: Jamar Clark protests scheduled

Interactive map: Jamar Clark protests scheduled

The Snake River Wagyu flatiron steak, with glazed mushrooms, scalloped potato and grapes at Eastside.

Rick Nelson's Top 10 dishes of 2015

From pancakes to pie and pasta, Rick Nelson goes back into his 2015 dining-out diary and highlights the year's 10 most memorable dishes.
The sea bass crudo at Monello.

Year in review of Twin Cities restaurants: Where and what folks are eating

Twin Cities dining trends of the year included variations on raw food, eating in the suburbs and going Italian.
A conversation with chefs Ferran Adrià and José Andrés

A conversation with chefs Ferran Adrià and José Andrés

Ferran Adrià, the Salvador Dali of the cooking world – along with his disciple, José Andrés – mesmerized an overflow audience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art last week.
MAP: Child protection in crisis

MAP: Child protection in crisis

The deaths of children have prompted the resignations of child protection officials around the country. Meanwhile, a national commission is studying ways to better protect children from abuse and death.