I've had a few people tell me this, and it has crossed my own mind a few times: Everyone has a list of burger...

It’s About Classic Sweets and Community Pride At Red Wing’s Hanisch Bakery and Coffee...

I’m standing on West Third Street in downtown Red Wing on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Bryan Adams’ “Straight From the Heart” is...

The Joys – and Dangers – of Making a Duck Donuts Run

Imagine being a child, peering through the glass partition separating the Duck Donuts kitchen counter from the waiting area. How magical it...

Same Skyway, Different Dough: Good Words with Justin Bedford of Cardigan Donuts

My buddy Hornish will not stop about Cardigan Donuts. I constantly see shots on his Snapchat of Cardigan Donuts...

Tyler Liedman of True Stone Coffee Roasters Explains How the Good Stuff is Made

The morning before I meet Tyler Liedman at True Stone Coffee Roasters, I drink approximately six cups of coffee. It's the “free...

The Donut Queenpin of Eagan: Meet Seng Phothisanh of Puffy Cream Donuts

“I know the face, the name, and the donut,” says Seng Phothisanh.  When I first meet Phothisanh, it’s about 11:45 on a Tuesday morning. She...

TWIN CITIES FOOD

The cloth on the pool table is blue, most of the walls are painted red, the ceiling is painted pitch black, and there's a Jalapeño Popper Juicy Lucy on the menu that just got showered in gold. This is Jersey’s Bar and Grill, on the very regal-sounding Concord Boulevard in Inver Grove Heights. If...

Are You Coming to Revival With Us?

To explain Revival’s backstory and that of chef/co-owner Thomas Boemer at this point would be like starting another Batman movie with Bruce...

Gettin’ Down at a Greek Easter Party

There were about two dozen people in Uptown Minneapolis on Saturday who just missed the opportunity to see just how bad a...

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...

COFFEE AND DONUTS

A co-worker and I have just celebrated Pi Day 2019 by getting pies from Sarah Jane’s Bakery and eating lunch at neighboring Parkway Pizza. I’m doing my best to drive quickly but cautiously back to the office. I miss almost all of the potholes on 29th, but...

It’s About Classic Sweets and Community Pride At Red Wing’s Hanisch Bakery and Coffee...

I’m standing on West Third Street in downtown Red Wing on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Bryan Adams’ “Straight From the Heart” is...

The Joys – and Dangers – of Making a Duck Donuts Run

Imagine being a child, peering through the glass partition separating the Duck Donuts kitchen counter from the waiting area. How magical it...

Same Skyway, Different Dough: Good Words with Justin Bedford of Cardigan Donuts

My buddy Hornish will not stop about Cardigan Donuts. I constantly see shots on his Snapchat of Cardigan Donuts...

Tyler Liedman of True Stone Coffee Roasters Explains How the Good Stuff is Made

The morning before I meet Tyler Liedman at True Stone Coffee Roasters, I drink approximately six cups of coffee. It's the “free...

The Donut Queenpin of Eagan: Meet Seng Phothisanh of Puffy Cream Donuts

“I know the face, the name, and the donut,” says Seng Phothisanh.  When I first meet Phothisanh, it’s about 11:45 on a Tuesday morning. She...

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...
The Ultimate Bloody Mary at Doc's Bar and Grill

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.