Restaurants

Chicken & Waffles  

Chicken and waffles is a classic southern dish that you don’t see too often in the Twin Cities.  The Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park serves up this dish.  Chef Jason Libel shows us how they do it.

Good Company: Birchwood Café

Birchwood Café has been a popular restaurant in Minneapolis for twenty one years, but its history goes back years before. In 1926, it started as a dairy and was owned by Cy and Del Bursch. Business was good for some time, but then in the 1940’s it was converted into a grocery store called Birchwood. It was a place where people would go and Del and Cy always knew your name. It was a place where families would stop by just to say hello.

Behind the scenes of Minnesota Monthly’s Best Brunch Issue  

Minnesota Monthly’s June issue is all about the best places for brunch. It features twenty seven spots. Ten are classic and seventeen are brand new places to add to your list.  The list also shares best new donut and best new coffee spots.

Em’s Adventures: Adventurous Eating Around Minneapolis  

There are all sorts of foods and all sorts of opportunities in Minneapolis to try different kinds of foods. For most of us, we stick with what we know and what is more likely than not “normal”. But what if we sent you to try things that you would never normally order. And then we told you it involves a tail, gland and a brain? That’s exactly what happens in “Em’s Adventures” as Emily and Minnesota Monthly Food Critic, Joy Summers, head to three restaurants.

2nd Annual Unofficial Burger Battle  

The 2nd Annual Unofficial Burger Battle is here!  We bring together 2 competing chefs you go head to head to be announced the unofficial winners and walk away with pride!  This is all in honor of the Official Burger Battle happening Saturday, May 21st!

Cocktails On Tap  

When heading out, it’s not just beer the bar has on tap.  Cocktails are kept on tap too!  It’s one of the hottest trends behind the bar and the Twin Cities is doing it right. Food writer for Minnesota Monthly, Joy Summers, shares some of her favorites.

Top 100 Favorite Dishes  

The team at City Pages embarked on quite the mission: select and rank the top 100 items found on the menus of Twin Cities restaurants. They were successful. City Pages Dining Critic Mecca Bos stops by with four ranking in the top 10 and where you can order them.

Twin Cities Best Hot Dogs   Back To Top

There are all sorts of crazy foods to try at Target Field, but the classic go-to for many fans is a hot dog. But, you don’t have to be at Target Field to enjoy a good one. In fact, there are several spots in town where you can find not only good hot dogs, but some over the top dogs, too. Emily teams up with Minnesota Monthly Food Critic, Joy Summers, to check out three of the best.

3 Best Food Delivery in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

Sometimes you simply don’t feel like cooking and you don’t want to get out of your pajamas to go out to eat. That’s when you deliver!  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Food & Dining Editor, Stephanie March, stops by our studio with her pick for the 3 best places to order from. 

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MilkJam Creamery   Back To Top

He’s known for his roles at Saffron and World Street Kitchen. Now, Sameh Wadi has a new business. He recently opened “MilkJam Creamery” on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. It’s not your typical ice cream shop. This is where anything goes.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Community Keg House   Back To Top

Community Keg House opened its doors in January. Since then, it has become a hit with beer lovers across the cities. It sits in the old Grain Belt Building which closed its doors some 40 years ago. The idea behind this Northeast business is to offer good beer that is brewed right here in Minnesota. There are more than a dozen beers on tap. All of them have their own zone on the tap and they have a theme. There are also two ciders on tap at all times.

Good Company: O’Gara’s   Back To Top

In March 1941, O’Gara’s opened its doors in Saint Paul. O’Gara’s has always been a hot spot for people who want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of the busiest spots around the cities year after year.  Jim O’Gara opened it in hopes of finding a good spot for folks to come eat and drink for a reasonable price. It worked. 75 years later, O’Gara’s is the oldest bar in the city that still sits in the same location.

Good Company: W.A. Frost   Back To Top

W.A. Frost sits on the corner of Western and Selby, but long before there was a restaurant there was a pharmacy. It was owned by W.A. Frost, a man who came from New York and made Saint Paul his home. He was also one of the creators of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Hidden Twin Cities Treasures   Back To Top

The February issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reveals some of the hidden gems in the Twin Cities - from shopping to eating and drinking plus great places to explore.  To share a couple of their favorites from the issue Shopping Editor, Allison Kaplan and Food & Dining Editor, Stephanie March stopped by Twin Cities Live.

Citizen Supper Club Where Old School is New School   Back To Top

The Intercontinental Hotel in Saint Paul has a brand new look. It just underwent a huge makeover. It sits in the old Crown Plaza location. But it’s not just the hotel that is catching the attention of people. There’s a brand new restaurant inside. It’s called Citizen Supper Club.

Iconic Twin Cities Restaurants   Back To Top

Food critic from Minnesota Monthly Joy Summers stops by with her list of iconic Twin Cities restaurants she thinks you've just gotta try in 2016. Plus, she reveals what you should order when you get there.

Best Wings in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

Sunday the Vikings are taking on the Seatle Seahawks and TCL wants to make sure you’re enjoying the best wings while watching the game. We assembled a panel to claim the best wings and Steve and Elizabeth will decide the winner.

Good Company: Truce Juice   Back To Top

Many people’s New Year resolution is to live a healthier life.  Turning to juicing is one way for some of those people to start.  Two women in Minneapolis are doing all the work of juicing for you at their company in Uptown.  Emily visits Truce

Zio Cucina & Bar   Back To Top

The newest restaurant to pop up at Mall of America is Zio Cucina & Bar.  Chef Daniel Green shares a recipe from them that is sure to impress your holiday guests. 

Bavarian Treats   Back To Top

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Food and Dining Editor, Steph March, features three restaurants serving up great Bavarian food!

Restaurant Picks in Stillwater   Back To Top

Downtown Stillwater is perfect any time of year, with dozens of locally-owned shops and restaurants along Main Street. The Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, stopped by with three restaurants worth checking out in the “birthplace of Minnesota.” 

Pie Five   Back To Top

Pie Five is new to the Twin Cities and celebrates everyone’s individual pizza tastes!  You can create custom personal pizzas with high quality ingredients in just minutes!   Check them out at their Eden Prairie and Woodbury locations.

Comfort Food   Back To Top

The Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage at Grand Casino, Michael Engel, stops by the TCL kitchen with a spin on corned beef and cabbage and details about a free buffet for veterans.

Fat Pants Friday   Back To Top

Emily is on Lake Minnetonka at 6 Smith.  While the lake is nice, that isn’t why she is there.  Emily is enjoying Fat Pants Friday! 

Best Takeout in the Burbs   Back To Top

Week nights can be hectic, especially now with school back in session.  Sometimes there just isn’t time or the energy to cook dinner.  Senior Food and Dining Editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, has her picks for the best places in the suburbs for takeout. 

Mancini’s   Back To Top

Since 1968, Mancini’s has been a St. Paul staple and a big part of the State Fair.  Emily gets into their kitchen to see how it all comes together at the Great Minnesota Get Together.

12 Days of Grilling: Sliders   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice says sliders can be family-friendly and fun for both kids and adults!

Shortstop Bar & Grill   Back To Top

Our Patio’ke competitions are winding down.  We are at the final location where we’ll pick our final two finalists to compete in karaoke at the Minnesota State Fair for a chance to win $1000!  Emily checks out our last location, Shortstop Bar & Grill in Coon Rapids. 

Salts for Seasoning   Back To Top

Putting salt on your steak is not all that unusual, but there is a new restaurant in Bloomington that will change the way you think about salt.  Salt that looks more like lava, salt that has been smoked with old wine barrels, pink Himalayan salt, and even a chipotle salt are just some of the flavors you’ll find at Lela Restaurant

FireLake Grill House   Back To Top

Before the next book club event, Elizabeth heads into the kitchen at FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar inside the Radisson Blu at Mall of America.  The chef shows her how to make what he says is the world’s best version of a classic summer sandwich – the BLT.