Pie Five  

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  

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  

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  

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. 


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  

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

Shortstop Bar & Grill  

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. 

Admiral D’s   Back To Top

Elizabeth is checking out the location of our second “Patio’ke” event.  Admiral D’s is on White Bear Lake and is a staple in the community.  The patio overlooks the water, has a laid back vibe, and it’s very tiny kitchen cranks out some really good food. 

Dog Friendly Patios   Back To Top

Here’s the dilemma: your friends ask you to go to happy hour after work.  You haven’t seen your dog all day and want to get home to him.  What do you do?  Easy!  Bring the pooch with you to happy hour!  Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summer, has her favorite dog friendly patios for food and drink. 

The Best BLT   Back To Top

Three TCL team members are putting their favorite BLT’s from around town to the test because they are sure they found the best one in town!

Restaurant Week   Back To Top

During Restaurant Week, you can get a 3-course dinner for $30 or less.  It’s a way to experience some of the best Twin Cities restaurants.  Stephanie March from Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine gives us a taste of some of the newest restaurants participating in Restaurant Week. 

Best Summer Ever Awards: Ice Cream   Back To Top

The best place to get ice cream in the Twin Cities has been determined by TCL’ers, local foodies and our staff.  The spot has been around since the 70’s and it’s definitely worth the long lines!

Best Summer Ever Award: Waterside Restaurant   Back To Top

Our inaugural Best Summer Ever Awards compiled suggestions from TCLers, our staff, and foodies from around the Twin Cities. Emily is live on location to announce the winner of the Best Restaurant on the Water.

Food Truck Feast   Back To Top

Emily is at Friendly Chevrolet in Fridley getting ready for the TCL Food Truck Feast!  She’s busy sampling some of the food that you’ll find there.  The trucks are competing to be our Food Truck Truck Feast Champ – and you’ll have a chance at winning tickets to see Kelly Clarkson in concert!

Betty Dangers   Back To Top

Sitting out on the patio is the definition of a perfect summer night.  Betty Dangers Country Club is taking the patio to a new height – literally!  Emily heads to Northeast Minneapolis to check it out. 

The Launch Bar & Grill   Back To Top

The Launch Bar & Grill is the only gastropub in the Lake Mille Lacs area. It focuses on unique but approachable appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. And the full-service bar offers a wide assortment of craft beers and cocktails.  

Sunday Supper Deals   Back To Top

When the weekend rolls around, it’s probably either Friday night or Saturday night that you think about going out for dinner.  Local guy about town, Mike Marcotte, says Sunday is the day you should really be going out.  There are some fantastic deals to take advantage of on Sunday evenings.

TCL Book Club Preview   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is hosting our first-ever Book Club inside FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar at Radisson Blu Mall of America on Tuesday, June 2nd, and there's still room for you to join us! Elizabeth heads behind the bar to juice and sits down with their Chef to find out how they're celebrating summer.

Good Company: Nelson’s Ice Cream Shop   Back To Top

Nothing says Best Summer Ever like ice cream!  Emily heads to Stillwater to Nelson’s Ice Cream where it’s not only the ice cream that makes them a big part of the community. 

Twin Cities Burger Battle Preview   Back To Top

Chefs from the best restaurants in the Twin Cities will gather at the Minneapolis Armory on Saturday, May 16th for the Twin Cities Burger Battle. We invited two chefs who will be at the event to go head-to-head in-studio to give you a taste of what you can sample at the event.

Best French Fries in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

What restaurant serves up the best French Fries in the Twin Cities? Three TCL staff brought their picks with Steve deciding the ultimate winner.

Unique Breakfast Spots   Back To Top

The Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, has some suggestions for restaurants to check out.  You may only think of these places for lunch or dinner, but Joy says you need to add them to your breakfast destinations as well! 

The Best Restaurants for Fish   Back To Top

Many folks are not eating meat on Friday’s due to lent.  If you are one of these people – or you are just simply looking for a place to go for some good fish, we have some suggestions.  Local guy about town, Mike Marcotte, Food Producer Maggie Winter, and TCL’s Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych, have their picks for the best place to go for a fish meal.

Multi-Generational Restaurants   Back To Top

For those times when you are going out to eat with the whole family, it can be tough finding the perfect restaurant that is kid-friendly, that Grandma and Grandpa will enjoy, but dad can still order a beer.  Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, has three multi-generations friendly spots she recommends. 

Restaurant Week   Back To Top

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine is celebrating the food scene in the Twin Cities with a week full of deals at the hottest restaurants.  Restaurant Week began with restaurants you would find only in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The restaurant choices are now extending into the suburbs.  Food and Dining editor of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, shares her picks of places in the burbs to check out.  

Be Well with TCL: Gluten Free   Back To Top

For those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, you know that eating out at a restaurant can be a challenge.  It can get complicated and become a serious health issue if there is even cross contamination from foods being fried in the same oil, for example.  Reporter Kelli Hanson checked out Ernie’s Pub & Grill in Burnsville where they have changed everything about the way they cook and serve food, keeping people who can’t eat gluten – safe. 

Classic Minnesota Restaurants   Back To Top

New restaurants are popping up all the time in the Twin Cities.  Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, says there are some that have been around for a while that you shouldn’t forget.  She gives us her picks of some iconic Minnesota dishes.

Best Bar Seats for Valentine’s Day   Back To Top

If you haven’t made reservations for Valentine’s Day yet, there still are some options.  Food Editor of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, and Editor of Eater Minneapolis, Joy Summers, say have a seat at the bar!  They give us their picks for the best bar seats with a romantic vibe and no reservations required!