Shaved beef with au jus and freshly made potato chips are served up at a new Minneapolis sandwich shop.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.

Looking for the best pho in the Twin Cities? It's not in Minneapolis or St. Paul

January 20
The pho at Pho 400 — this is the No. 16 — is simple and needs no embellishments.
Our favorite spot for this classic Vietnamese soup, plus two more places to try.
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Siblings set out to find the best cheeseburger in Wayzata

January 19
Alison Spencer and her brother, Teddy, looked over the menu at Maggie’s Family Restaurant in Wayzata as part of their quest to find the city’s bes
Alison Spencer wanted to spend more time with her brother, Teddy, so the two embarked on a four-month journey of burgers, fries and conversation.
Minneapolis
January 21
Server Luis Gonzalez brought food to Jasheena Bond and Erica Mooring on Friday at Smack Shack in Minneapolis. Owners of the restaurant were part of th

Restaurant owners sue Mpls. and Frey over vaccine mandate

Plaintiffs say the requirements of the vaccine pose challenges and go against guidance from medical experts.
Recipes
January 21
Artichokes are at the heart of a creamy sauce served over pasta.

Sunday supper: Linguine with Artichokes, Lemon and Pancetta

Linguine with Artichokes, Lemon and PancettaServes 4 to 6.Note: The sauce for this pasta is made by blitzing artichokes in a blender. For ease, we…
Eat & Drink
January 20
Que Viet’s famous eggrolls are coming to Grand Avenue.

Que Viet is bringing its famous egg rolls to Grand Avenue

The new outpost will also bring more traditional Vietnamese food to the table.
Music
January 19
Soccer fans Abraham Opoti and Nachiket Karnik got riled up at Nomad World Pub (now Part Wolf) before a Minnesota United FC game in 2015.

It's closing time for the Minneapolis soccer, bocce and music bar once known as the Nomad

Its history dates to before Prohibition, but the former 5 Corners Saloon may not be a saloon anymore after Jan. 28.
Taste
January 19
David Fhima and son Eli are opening Mother Dough in downtown Minneapolis.

3 new hotspots to look forward to in downtown Minneapolis

First up is Mother Dough, which opens next week.
Recipes
January 19
Sheet Pan Chow Mein.

Chow mein on a sheet pan? Yes, and it's great

This adaptable recipe hits all the right notes.
Recipes
January 19
Chickpea curry is a simple meal that uses pantry staples.

Meatless curry uses pantry staples for a quick, flavorful meal

Canned or dried, chickpeas are the star — and workhorse — of the pantry.
Eat & Drink
January 19
Anna Morgan and Kevin Manley will open GusGus in February.

St. Paul is getting a new neighborhood restaurant: GusGus moving into Stewart's

A couple's notebook of ideas and Jell-O shots fuel St. Paul's new "come as you are" eatery.
Eat & Drink
January 18
Groundswell’s cupcake of the month is a fluffy mix of pistachios and caramel.

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

Our food writers share the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
Eat & Drink
January 17
New restaurant Noa is betting on downtown Minneapolis dining

New restaurant Noa is betting on downtown Minneapolis dining

Debut heralds a return to dining in downtown Minneapolis.
Taste
January 14
Chef Jamie Malone delivered a Paris Dining Club meal to a customer in Minneapolis.

These top Minnesota chefs left restaurants to find 'a higher quality of life'

Glimpsing normal life during the pandemic, many chefs left restaurant roles that they loved. But they're still cooking.
Recipes
January 14
Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet is filling, tasty and low-carb.

Sunday supper: Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet

Kielbasa Cabbage SkilletServes 6.Note: This kielbasa cabbage skillet may not be very attractive to the eye, but once you taste it, none of that will…
Inspired
January 14
Netta Hardin in her kitchen with mom, Allyson Perling, working the camera for a new segment of YouTube’s “Noshing with Netta.”

St. Paul student chases food dream with YouTube cooking channel, 'Noshing with Netta'

Pandemic hobby has produced a veritable brand, with videos, a website and social media accounts.
Eat & Drink
January 13
Before Tim Niver opened Trattoria Mucci in the former Mevyn in 2019.

Trattoria Mucci on Lake Street in Minneapolis closing Jan. 29

But it's business as usual at the St. Paul location.
Variety
January 12
Wellbeing Brewing Co. of St. Louis has the reputation of being one of the best NA brewers.

A 12-pack of the best nonalcoholic beer for Dry January

Advances in brewing technology have made the NA options tastier than ever.
Taste
January 12
Laune will open on E. Lake Street on Friday.

Subscription bakery Laune opens storefront on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis

The owners are taking a hyperlocal approach to sourcing ingredients.
Taste
January 12
Blistered Green Beans with Red Chile and Crispy Shallots.

Blistering green beans turns up the flavor dial

The mild-mannered vegetable grows up
Taste
January 12
Creamy Baked Polenta.

Slow down and warm up with baked polenta

Time and high-quality cornmeal are keys to creamy success.
Taste
January 12
Spice up everyday staples with Balinese Green Apple Salad.

5 small changes that can lead to healthier eating

From sneaking in more greens to changes in mind-set, a little change can mean big things.
Taste
January 11
Not all comments about the governor’s hotdish were Minnesota Nice.

Gov. Walz's hot dish tweet might be his most controversial message of year

His food photography skills could use some work.