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TWIN CITIES

Whether the Soul Lao Team is Pulling Up or Popping Up, Their Food is...

I fell for Soul Lao the way I’ve fallen for a lot of things lately: eyes watering lightly, nostrils running hard, heavy breathing that...

Liza Sterletske Has a Beer You Should Try (And a Restaurant Opening Soon)

I’m sitting at the far corner of a long, three-table arrangement in the middle of BlackStack Brewing on a Tuesday night. Liza Sterletske is...

Why I First Visited Tilia, and Why I’ll Keep Going Back

It’s one thing to have your name brought up on a best-of restaurants list or dominate somebody’s Instagram story, but what really got got...

This Bookstore’s Back Section Has Foodporn: Moon Palace Books and Geek Love Cafe

The Katherine Dunn novel Geek Love tells the story of two carnival performers who expose their children to radiation while in utero to guarantee...

NORTHERN MINNESOTA

Randy Semo Tells the Story of Tower’s Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill

Even before you have the world-famous Bloody Mary in front of you or that double-cheeseburger is hauled out from the kitchen, there’s a lot...
Christmas decorations on a wooden counter at a coffee cafe in Tower, Minnesota

Sulu’s: Brenda Sue and Linda Lou’s Main Street Espresso Cafe

The Hideaway series documents a marvelously placid three days I spent by myself in a fish house on Lake Vermilion. You can read first...
A plate of RumChata French toast on a white plate on a restaurant table

Frittatas and RumChata French Toast at Ely’s Insula Restaurant

The Hideaway series documents a marvelously placid three days I spent by myself in a fish house on Lake Vermilion. You can read first...
A glass of Vanilla Rose Porter beer sits on a wooden counter at a Wisconsin brewery taproom

On Lake Vermilion with Friends and Vanilla Rose Porter

I spent my first two nights of 2019 hidden away in a fish house on an otherwise empty Lake Vermilion. I captured a beautiful...

SCENIC ROUTES: A COLLABORATION WITH CHEVROLET

A Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is parked outside Russ Kendall's Smokehouse

Building Across Generations: The Story of Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse

This is the fourth installment of my Scenic Routes series, done in collaboration with Chevrolet. You can find links to the other posts in...
Pork wings on a paper film in a basket at a restaurant

There’s Good Food on My Turf: Where to Eat on Highway 23

One of my favorites stories to tell about Highway 23 is the one about my job-shadowing day at KBJR, the NBC affiliate in the...

Jeff Petcoff on the Passion that Drives Duluth’s Corktown Deli and Brews

This is the second installment of the Scenic Routes series, done in collaboration with Chevrolet. You can find the first post, a guide to...
White cup of coffee and deck of cards on a marble table

But First, Coffee: Four Key Cafés From the St. Croix Trail to Little Sweden

You're on the road in the morning, and how do you survive that without a good cup of coffee? If you're taking the scenic route...

We see you, Wisconsin!

I know, I know, MINNESOTA Skinny ... but don't think for a second we go hungry when we cross over into Wisconsin. The world's best cheeseburger is in Superior! We named our dog after a beer made in Hudson! And you should SEE the size of the cheeseburger at Frankie's in Sheboygan. It's all right here! ... over there.