The Burnsville outpost of Le Bistro featured live music and dancing in 1981.

7 long-lost Minnesota chains that left their mark on the dining scene

From Chi-Chi's to Sidney's, these chains are gone but not forgotten.
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12 bargain wines that taste good, too

April 14
Pinching pennies? Don’t let that keep you from the wine aisle. There are plenty of affordable, tasty options.
If you're looking for value wines, here are 12 that crush it.

Twin Cities chefs and bartenders unite to fight racism against Asian Americans

April 14
Chefs Christina Nguyen and Yia Vang recently filmed a segment for Minnesota Rice.
Minnesota Rice is a collective effort to raise awareness and money.
Eat & Drink
April 16
Sidebar at Surdyk’s will reopen April 23 with a new chef running the kitchen.

3 Twin Cities dining destinations reopening after pandemic slumber

Surdyk's Sidebar, Sonder Shaker and Joan's in the Park are ready to be back in business.
Eat & Drink
April 16
An Embers sign in 1978 boasted early morning specials.

Remember the Embers? A look back at the local chain's start – and recent ending

After an influential 65-year run, Minnesota's longest-running homegrown restaurant chain has served its last Emberger Royal.
Variety
April 14
Cave Tools Roast Rack holds up to 20 pounds and holds the poultry at a unique 20-degree angle.

Grill a chicken or turkey on this unique rack

Dishwasher-safe rack speeds cooking — and cleanup time.
Taste
April 14
Peanut Pork Chops With Chile Herb Salad. Meredith Deeds • Special to the Star Tribune

Cool herb salad and peanut-crusted pork chops a winning combination

A citrus-touched herb salad brings a bright balance to peanut-crusted pork chops.
Taste
April 14
Parmesan is unnecessary — but tasty — in this dish.

Use leftover bread to make 'Poor Man's Parmesan'

Leftover bread can be the main attraction when seasoned and toasted.
Taste
April 14
Tattersall’s new ready-to-drink cocktail, Cosmo Bianco.

From cocktails to kombucha, 4 new beverages from Twin Cities makers

Local beverage makers have been busy roasting, brewing and creating.
Variety
April 9
Chef and restaurateur Hector Ruiz with his children, from left, Benjamin, Ena and Shawmen, at his new El Travieso Taqueria in Minnetonka.

Longtime Twin Cities chef Hector Ruiz is changing his restaurants with the times

He was named the Star Tribune's Titan of the Year in 2019. Then the pandemic hit.
Variety
April 9
Yumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar is Southdale’s latest eatery.

Check out these 5 new Twin Cities area restaurants

Get your fix for roast beef, tacos, pizza, sushi and more.
Eat & Drink
April 9
Gem lettuce with sauce vert, pistachios and herbs at Saint Dinette.

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

Taste editor Nicole Hvidsten and restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.
Chicken Liver filled Paris Brest with Black Honey Glaze and Foie Gras Royale with Crème Gitanes. The Grand Cafe has closed its south Minneapolis loca
Eat & Drink
Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life
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What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Eat & Drink
April 7
The Butcher’s Tale’s sprawling patio will continue to be a draw.

Crave owners reviving Butcher & the Boar in downtown Minneapolis

The Butcher's Tale, led by several key Butcher & the Boar staffers, will open next month.
Taste
April 7
Recipes like Feta with Broccolini, Tomatoes and Lemon provide a hands-off approach to meals.

Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals

Sheet pans might not be glamorous, but you shouldn't be without one.
Taste
April 7
Roast cauliflower soup is perfect for “shoulder” season.

Roasting vegetables is key to this springtime soup

Use cauliflower — or any vegetable — as the base for a meal that takes the chill off spring.
Taste
April 7
Provided  Modist Brewing Company's Day of Another Dream West Coast-style IPA.

These 11 hops-heavy beers make good springtime sippers

Change of seasons calls for a crisp, bitter bite and citrus, resin and tropical fruit flavors.
Taste
April 7
The patio at W.A. Frost & Co. in St. Paul is a local favorite. Rick Nelson

14 indoor and outdoor restaurant openings in the Twin Cities and beyond

Slowly, but surely, the dining industry is showing signs of normalcy as doors open.
Taste
April 6
After more than 90 years, Twinkies are still popular.

It's National Twinkies Day: Go ahead and treat yourself

Buy a local version of the snack cakes — or even make your own.
Eat & Drink
April 6
Toma Mojo Grill co-owners Paul Backer, left, and Michael Knox.

Two Tilia vets plan to open Spanish restaurant in former Noodles & Co. in Minnetonka

Chicken- and pork-centric Toma Mojo Grill will focus on Spanish and Portuguese fare.
Eat & Drink
April 5
Nicollet Diner will open Roxy where the former Ichiban’s stands.

Only 24-hour restaurant in Mpls. is adding a cabaret

The Nicollet Diner is relocating to the former Ichiban at Nicollet Mall and Grant Street in downtown Minneapolis.
Taste
April 2
Photos by ELIESA JOHNSON Chef Yia Vang cooking with his dad.

Chef Yia Vang on why he won't change his father's Hmong sausage recipe — no matter who asks

Chef Yia Vang penned a powerful essay on preserving his family heritage with his cooking.
Taste
April 1
3 simple and delicious plant-based recipes to add to your rotation

3 simple and delicious plant-based recipes to add to your rotation

Recipes: Cavatappi With Pesto and White Beans, Red Lentil Soup With Spring Vegetables, Carrot Hummus Tartine With Pickled Beets
Taste
April 1

4 cookbooks to build a repertoire of tasty, meatless meals

Whatever your tastes, cookbooks can help guide your culinary adventures. Try these recent meatless additions.