Restaurants

Ultimate NYC ABC Trip Give Away  

In honor of Twin Cities Live turning ten, we’re giving you a chance to win the ultimate trip to New York City.  The trip includes airfare for two, three nights in a hotel in NYC, VIP tickets to see Live with Kelly and Ryan, tickets to sit at the tasting table on The Chew, and countless memories! 

Hot Foodie Neighborhoods: Penn Ave & 54th St  

There's no need to drive Downtown Minneapolis or Downtown Saint Paul to discover great restaurants. The Food and Dining Editor from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, unveils three hot restaurants at one specific intersection in south Minneapolis worth the drive. 

Hot Neighborhoods: West Seventh in Saint Paul  

You don't have to travel downtown to find a hotbed of restaurants. The Editor of Eater Twin Cities, Joy Summers, shares her favorite spots along West Seventh Street in Saint Paul.

Bat and Barrel  

The Minnesota Twins are ready for a new season of baseball. That includes all sorts of new things. The former Metropolitan Club area is now called Bat and Barrel. It’s a new spot for eating and grabbing a drink. Unlike the former club, this area is now open to anyone with a ticket to the game.

Lake Elmo Inn Giant Chocolate Easter Bunny & Egg  

Lake Elmo Inn in Lake Elmo has a long history of providing good food and customer service that you won’t find just anywhere. It has several awards to prove it. Lake Elmo Inn is known for its brunches on Sundays and during various holidays throughout the year. People get so excited about the Easter brunch and buffet that they start making reservations one year in advance. Lake Elmo Inn’s event center also fills up on its Saturday brunch the day before. Chef John Schlitz owns Lake Elmo Inn. He says it’s not just about the food, it’s about the enter experience.

Apple Valley Hidden Gems  

We are wrapping up TCL in Your Town in Apple Valley by stopping at a few hidden gems in town. There a few spots only the locals know about, but we say it's time to spread the news.  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by with three stops she says you've got to make in the good old AV.

Twin Cities Diners  

The Twin Cities is known for its food scene, but you don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get a good meal. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg teams up with Minnesota Monthly’s Joy Summers to show us three spots worth checking out. Each spot has something they’re known for whether it’s a certain dish or a fun story about their long history.

VIVO Kitchen   Back To Top

Located in the central part of Apple Valley is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, called VIVO Kitchen. It’s known as a scratch kitchen and they use locally grown ingredients. Director of Culinary Development, Daniel Wesener stopped to make “BLT” Bruschetta.

Live at Jake O'Connors   Back To Top

Kelli Hanson is celebrating St. Patrick's Day a little early.  She's already at the Irish Pub, Jake O'Connor's in Excelsior where the celebration is already started.

Hygga Lowertown   Back To Top

Having a cup of coffee, a cocktail and or some food all while getting cozy. That’s the idea behind Hygga Lowertown in Saint Paul. The business is run by a husband and wife team. They wanted to have a business that was about feeling good and adding value their family and to their customers. So, when they heard about hygga, they were intrigued.

Milkjam Creamery   Back To Top

Milkjam Creamery in Minneapolis is known for its flavorful ice cream and its flavorful names. The team is back at it again. This time, they are featuring new names. All sixteen flavors during the month of March represent powerful women of the past and today. The idea is to highlight the women that make a difference in the world.

Best Restaurants for Groups   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, shares his picks for the best restaurants to take a group.

St. Genevieve   Back To Top

St. Genevieve in Minneapolis is getting some nice recognition following the Twin Cities’ Charlie Awards. The awards are like the Academy Awards for folks in the foodservice industry. The honor of “Beverage Innovator” went to Brie Roland of St. Genevieve. Brie is the wine director. Brie says St. Genevieve is special because of the atmosphere, the food and the knowledge behind the wine and champagne.

Good Company: Angelina’s Kitchen   Back To Top

TCL in Your Town is taking over Woodbury this week and heading to an authentic Italian restaurant. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to Angelina’s Kitchen where a New Yorker, turned Minnesotan is making sure memories are still made around the dinner table.

Best Noodle Dishes in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

Food writer Mecca Bos shares the best noodle dishes you'll find at Twin Cities restaurants.

Mardi Gras Celebration at Bistro La Roux   Back To Top

Don’t worry about missing out on the Mardi Gras fun in New Orleans. We’re bringing the fun of Fat Tuesday to the burbs! Bistro La Roux in Circle Pines is celebrating on Tuesday, February 13th with a live brass band. There will be all sorts of dishes inspired by New Orleans’ cuisine. Face painting, prizes and of course bead throwing will also be a part of the festivities. The fun starts at 4 p.m.

Best Suburban Strip Mall Restaurants   Back To Top

There's more than inexpensive haircuts and take-and-bake pizzas in suburban strip malls. Stephanie March, the Food and Dining Editor for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, reveals three strip mall restaurants worth the visit.

Dinner Date Night Deals   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, has the dish on two Minneapolis restaurants with fantastic date night deals!   

Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day   Back To Top

According to the National Retail Federation, about 55% of Americans who celebrate Valentine’s Day will each spend $143 on the holiday.  It’s a big day to celebrate for sweethearts and if you are looking for a restaurant to bring your sweetie to, Joy Summers from Minnesota Monthly has a few suggestions that are off the beaten path.

CRAVE Rooftop Ice Lounge & Fishing Experience   Back To Top

Bring on the cold and the fun. Minnesota is the bold north. That means, let’s embrace it!

Caribou Coffee at Super Bowl LIVE   Back To Top

Local businesses are loving the influx of visitors on Nicollet Mall during Super Bowl LIVE. Elizabeth stops by Caribou Coffee to see how their special Super Bowl merchandise and drinks are keeping locals and tourists warm and caffeinated. For more information on Caribou Coffee and their special Bold North Coffee and Cabin Bar Mocha click here.

Good Company: David Fong’s Chinese Restaurant   Back To Top

TCL in your town rolls on in Bloomington at what locals at an institution. It’s a Chinese restaurant and it's been around for 60 years. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us to David Fong's Chinese Restaurant where they attribute their success to their supportive community.

TCL In Your Town: Denny’s Bakery   Back To Top

Denny’s Bakery has a long history. It has been around since 1969. They make just about everything you can imagine. Denny’s Bakery makes over three thousand items. Among the favorites, a giant donut. Try fourteen inches! If there’s something they don’t have, they’ll make it. It’s just one of the things that makes Denny’s a fan favorite in Bloomington and across the cities.

Scoops   Back To Top

We're celebrating another TCL In Your town. This time, we're heading to Bloomington! Scoops Ice-Cream & More is known as Bloomington’s staple dessert destination. They have more than 30 ice-cream flavors to choose from. The idea all started because of a baseball game more than 20 years ago. The owner, Mark Wavinak stopped by Twin Cities Live to share more about his family owned business.

Urbana Craeft Kitchen's Ice Bar   Back To Top

It’s pegged as Bloomington’s only parkside restaurant. It also just so happens to have a hot spot in the dead of winter. An ice bar! The ice bar grand opening event is Thursday, January 11th, featuring live music, food, drinks and giveaways. The event takes place form 4-5:30 p.m. The ice bar is great place to hang with friends and family. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer from Fulton.

2018 Food Trends, Part 1   Back To Top

Elizabeth gathered three food critics -- Jess Fleming from the Pioneer Press, Stephanie March from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Joy Summers from Minnesota Monthly -- to see what will be hot in the Twin Cities restaurant scene in 2018. 

CRAVE Menu Favorites and New Year’s Eve Celebrations   Back To Top

All that shopping, returning and entertaining friends and family can be exhausting. Elizabeth sits down with Chef Gerard Klass from CRAVE to share her favorite menu items whether you’re taking a quick break and need a light snack or want a full dinner. Elizabeth also gets behind the sushi bar to learn how to make the roll she orders every time she’s at CRAVE, the Mexican Roll.

Gift Guide Give Away: Caribou Coffee   Back To Top

Caribou Coffee has been brewing up good drinks for folks since the 1990’s. It was during an Alaskan adventure that its founders came up with the idea for Caribou Coffee. You could say the rest is history.

Holiday Happy Hour   Back To Top

Tis the season for gathering with friends! We asked two of our friends, Stephanie March from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Nick Kosevich from Bittercube, to stop by. They brought the one item to eat and a drink that pairs well from three restaurants.

Erik the Red   Back To Top

Erik the Red BBQ and Barbarian Bar in Minneapolis is getting ready for a fun few weeks of football. Erik the Red is located right across from U.S. Bank Stadium. So, fans can hit up the bar and restaurant for a drink and some food before and after games.