Good Company: David Fong’s Chinese Restaurant  

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  

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.


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  

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  

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  

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  

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.

Rotisserie Duck from FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar   Back To Top

FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar inside Radisson Blu Mall of America celebrate the holidays in style. Their Executive Chef, Dinesh Jayawardena, stopped by to share the process for making rotisserie duck.

Restaurants Open Year-Round   Back To Top

If your holiday feast gets ruined or you get tired of cooking over the holidays, there are plenty of restaurants open, no matter the day. Food writer Mecca Bos shares three spots worth a visit.

Order Ahead for Thanksgiving Sweets   Back To Top

Go beyond pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner this year. The Food and Dining Editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, shares her picks for Twin Cities bakeries and restaurants making sweet treats you can order in advance. 

El Burrito Mercado Half Off Deal   Back To Top

El Burrito Mercado in Saint Paul is holding a special Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on November 2nd. Dia De Los Muertos honors loved ones that have passed. It’s a great way to celebrate their life with food, music, and crafts.

Lobster Mac and Cheese with CRAVE Catering   Back To Top

Chef and author Daniel Green shares how to make a fancier version to everyone's favorite comfort food, lobster mac and cheese. It’s an exclusive dish on the CRAVE catering menu.

Big Foods: Randy’s Premiere Pizza   Back To Top

Pizza is a favorite for many families. It’s not unusual to have a large pizza, but there’s one pizza spot in the east metro that doesn’t do large. It does REALLY large.

Good Company: Punch Pizza   Back To Top

Coffee and pizza -- the two don't really mix. But for one Twin Cities businessman, they've proved to be hugely successful.  The founder of Caribou Coffee was a huge fan of Punch Pizza. In fact he loved it so much, he became co-owner of the restaurant chain, joining forces with Italian born John Sorrano, who founded the company in the mid-90s.

Big Foods: Pretzel   Back To Top

New Bohemia Wurst and Bier House is on St. Paul’s popular seventh street. This restaurant bar has beer from all over the country and the world. They serve thirty six different craft beers. They also have more than two dozen types of sausages. All of them are from Minnesota.

Big Foods: Giant Ice Cream Sandwich   Back To Top

Seventh Street in Saint Paul is a hopping place full of restaurants and bars. It’s right in the heart of the action with the Xcel Energy Center only being steps away.

How to Eat Like a Minnesotan   Back To Top

The team at Mpls St. Paul Magazine have compiled the essential list of foods showcasing Minnesota living. Their Food and Dining Editor, Stephanie March, stopped by with some of her favorite picks.

What’s For Dinner with Chef Daniel: Mussels   Back To Top

If you've been recycling through the same recipes, it's time to change it up! We have some out of the box dinner ideas that are easy to prepare that will help you get out of your recipe rut.  Chef Daniel Green shares a delicious dinner idea that’s featured on the new fall menu at CRAVE.

10/11 Super Saver   Back To Top

If your nights are like most parents -- getting the kids from school, running to practice, a lesson, parent-teacher conferences, you are busy. And dinner around the table, sometimes just isn’t going to happen. Restaurants in the Twin Cities and the suburbs are making sure you get fed...and save some money too. TCL’s Super Saver, Kelli Hanson shares where your kids can eat free all week long.

Essential Comfort Food Picks   Back To Top

If you hear the question, “What's for dinner?” just about every single night, the editor of Eater Twin Cities can empathize and Its why Joy Summers created and frequently updates The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants on the Eater Twin Cities website. It's the ultimate guide to the best spots in town. Today she stopped by with her picks for essential comfort foods.

Best Pizza in the Twin Cities Back To Top

In honor of Twin Cities Live's Dude Week, the Food and Dining Editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, stopped by to share three of her favorite spots for pizza in the metro, along with a suggestion of what to get when you're there.  

Pryes Brewing   Back To Top

Minneapolis has a new brewery. It’s called Pryes Brewing. It sits right next to the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. It’s the first in the state to offer something called Feather Bowling. It’s a cross between curling and bocce ball. So, guests can have a good beer and take on an interesting and new game that uses feathers and wooden cheese wheels.

Good Company: Emily’s Bakery and Deli   Back To Top

Emily’s Bakery and Deli is a hometown favorite in Hastings. For years, it has been serving up some of the best donuts, cookies, cakes and other treats to its customers. It has been in the Hastings area for more than a century. In 1988, brother and sister, Steve Fox and Norine Bishop, took over the business from their parents when it was known at Hasting’s Home Bakery.  They changed the name to Emily’s Bakery and Deli in honor of their grandparents Emily and Elmer Walker who bought the bakery in the 1940’s.

St. Andrews Salad from Girvan Grille   Back To Top

Today we're tossing out the iceberg lettuce and adding a pop of flavor, starting with homemade strawberry vinaigrette. Executive chef from Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park, Mike Nagan explained great ways to make salads taste delicious.

Good Company: Papa Tronnio’s   Back To Top

Pizza night is certainly a popular night for many families and there’s one hot spot in Prescott, Wisconsin that has been feeding the stomachs and the hearts of families for almost forty years. Papa Tronnio’s is a staple. Known for its laid back atmosphere and great pizza, Papa T’s attracts people from Prescott and from all over the cities. Some families come weekly just to get a taste.

TCL in Your Town: Pie Night   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is celebrating the town of Prescott, Wisconsin!  TCL reporter, Kelli Hanson, takes us to Nesbitt’s Nursery in the town along the river for dinner.  Yes – to a nursery for dinner!  It’s called, “Pie Night.”         

Best of the Cities at the Fine Spirits Classic   Back To Top

On Thursday, July 27, the Twin Cities best restaurants and distilleries will showcase food and drink at Minnesota Monthly's Fine Spirits Classic. Food critic Joy Summers stops by with a preview and a half off ticket deal for Twin Cities Live viewers!

July Restaurant Week: The Copper Hen   Back To Top

Minneapolis St Paul Magazine is celebrating the best of Twin Cities Dining with a weeks’ worth of deals and The Copper Hen is one of the many places you can choose from. Chef Josh Hedquist made Lobster Gnocchi.