Restaurants

Insider's Guide to the Food & Wine Experience  

Over 100 wines will freely pour during Minnesota Monthly's 23rd annual Food and Wine Experience at Target Field on March 4 and 5. Food critic Joy Summers stopped by to pair the best foods from Twin Cities restaurants with beers and wines from around Minnesota and the world. Plus, get her insider advice if you're looking to purchase tickets.

Good Company: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge  

Despite the weather outside, there’s a spot in Northeast Minneapolis that always feels like a tropical oasis. Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge first opened in in 2003. The owner, Leslie Bock, found a niche and certainly went for it. Today, it’s still a destination for out of towners and locals.

Best Kept Secrets: Brunch  

Joy Summers with Minneapolis Eater took us around to three of her favorite spots for brunch!

Best Barbecue in the Twin Cities  

There’s no need to fly down south for great barbecue. Mecca Bos, the Food Editor at City Pages, shares three BBQ joints in the Twin Cities serving up fantastic food.

Week Night Date Night  

There’s no need to wait until Valentine’s Day to enjoy a romantic dinner with your sweetie. TCL’s Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, rounds up some of the best weeknight dinners for two in the Twin Cities.

TCL in Your Town: Stillwater Eating & Shopping  

TCL in Your Town casts the spotlight on Stillwater to feature the best of that community. The Food and Dining Editor of MplsSt.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, along with the Shopping and Style Editor, Ali Kaplan, shares their picks for where to grab a bite to eat and get some shopping done.

Best Restaurant Soup To-Go in the Twin Cities  

The Food and Dining Editor of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, shares her picks for the restaurants serving up the best soup to-go in the Twin Cities.

Good Company: St. Paul Bagelry   Back To Top

While most of us are still sleeping, the folks behind St. Paul Bagelry are up and at ‘em early making delicious bagels. And we’re talking a lot of bagels. They make some three thousand bagels every day.
 

Wine Bars in the Eastern Burbs   Back To Top

There are all sorts of great wine bars in the cities, but there are also some really great spots worth checking out in the suburbs. Emily Engberg teams up with Minnesota Monthly Food Critic Joy Summers. They have three spots worth toasting to on the east side.

Restaurant & Bar in Barnes and Noble Galleria   Back To Top

The next time you go to buy a book at the Barnes and Noble in Galleria, you can have a beer and some food, too. The national book store has a brand new restaurant that features everything from pastries to full entrees. The bar has coffee, local brews, and wine.

Gigi’s Cupcakes   Back To Top

From working in a bank to running her own business, you could say things are going pretty sweet for Krista Kook.  She’s now the owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes in Woodbury!  Krista gives Elizabeth and Steve a lesson in their signature swirl! 

Skyway Eats in Minneapolis   Back To Top

The Skyways in Minneapolis are full of offices and retail stores. It’s also full of places to check out good food. Emily meets up with Joy Summers of Minnesota Monthly to find out which stops are worth a taste and a trip.

Secret Passages at Popular Restaurants   Back To Top

The Twin Cities is full of some really great restaurants. Some of those restaurants include secrets. There are a handful of spots that have secret passages. Some are open to the public and some aren’t.

Best Pie in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

We asked the Food and Dining Editor of Mpls St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, to share her favorite restaurants serving up pie you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Good Company: Dairy Queen   Back To Top

Dairy Queen has been home to delicious frozen treats since 1940. Today, there are Dairy Queens all over the country. It started when a father son duo came up with their soft serve recipe and contacted a friend who had an ice cream shop. The owner of the shop said they could have an “all you can eat” trial run. More than 1,600 servings of ice cream were given out. The rest is history and that same recipe is still used today.

Elizabeth in New Orleans: The Sweets Back To Top

Elizabeth, along with 40 TCLers and AAA Minneapolis, took an adventure any foodie would love: a tour of New Orleans. Elizabeth came back to Minnesota with an Instagram page full of delicious photos. It also inspired her to find New Orleans inspired dishes that you can find in the Twin Cities, so she connected with Minnesota restaurant critics to find the best Big Easy sweets in the North Star State.

Taste of New Orleans in Minnesota   Back To Top

Eating through New Orleans was a big part of Elizabeth's trip to the Big Easy with AAA Travel and a bus of TCL'ers. There are places here in the Twin Cities serving up a taste of that city on the Mississippi. 

Best Restaurants in Hudson, Wisconsin   Back To Top

The Food and Dining Editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, shares three of her favorite restaurants in Hudson, Wisconsin as TCL in Your Town celebrates the best of that community. 

The Peg   Back To Top

Steve, Elizabeth, and Emily put on their aprons and find out what it’s like to work at the only full-service restaurant on the fairgrounds, The Peg.

Food & Drink of Brazil   Back To Top

All eyes are on Rio for the 2016 Olympics.  For some people, watching the games inspires them to take up a new sport.  For others...it just makes them want to try the food and drink of the country!  Minnesota Monthly's food critic, Joy Summers, shares her favorite food and drink from Brazil that you can find right here.

Shortstop Bar and Grill in Coon Rapids   Back To Top

Patioke is back and so is one of the most popular spots from last year. Shortstop Bar and Grill in Coon Rapids has been a hot spot in the neighborhood for years.

Muddy Waters Bar & Grill   Back To Top

Our Patio’ke Contest sponsored by Patio Town kicked off a few weeks ago and the music continues at Muddy Waters Bar & Grill in Prescott! TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us across the river to show us at this event you’ll hear music, with a beautiful view.

Not Your Average Margarita   Back To Top

The classic margarita is a popular drink, but there’s one restaurant that is doing it a bit different. Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant has good food, but it also has good drinks perfect for a happy hour or night out with friends. The restaurant has come up with some drinks that are bigger in concept and flavor. The restaurant has a margarita that uses a yard stick. They also have one that is a take on the mojito. For bubble fans, there’s even a sparkling margarita. 

Patio’ke at Cowboy Jack’s   Back To Top

Our second Patio’ke event is at Cowboy Jack’s in Bloomington! Elizabeth pays them a visit and learns that this spot is all about happy hour on a giant patio. She also samples a bison burger and a special beer made in collaboration with Lift Bridge Brewery just for Cowboy Jacks.

TCL in Your Town: The Pointe Bar & Grill   Back To Top

TCL in your Town is highlighting Prior Lake and our first stop is The Pointe Bar & Grill.  Owner, Ryan Bartlett, gives us a taste of their giant nachos and tell us why they added an old pizza recipe from a former restaurant to the menu.

Shopping & Eating in Wayzata   Back To Top

TCL is in your town Wayzata!  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Shopping and Style editor, Allison Kaplan, show us her favorite places to shop and grab a bite while she is in this west suburb. 

50 Years Later Park Tavern Still Going Strong   Back To Top

Park Tavern Bowling and Entertainment Center has been a mainstay in the city of St. Louis Park for more than 50 years.  And for good reason.  It offers something for everyone.

Dishes that Define St. Paul   Back To Top

Saint Paul is known for many things including their food scene.  The food writers of the Pioneer Press put together a list of the 25 dishes that define St. Paul.  

Chicken & Waffles   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.