FOOD

You're on this website, so I'm going to assume you've at least heard of Twin Cities fishmonger Coastal Seafoods. If you caught the write-up I did after I was finally able to locate Sea Salt Eatery, you'd know their founders put in a combined 24 years at Coastal before branching off. Sea Salt still does a lot of business with Coastal. My dude Keane Amdahl, who has logged bylines on several Twin Cities-based publications and recently published book on preparing freshwater fish, now represents...

If You Seek Underwater Treasure, All You Have to Do is Find Sea Salt...

It was 102 degrees outside when I finally found Sea Salt Eatery. It was back in May. There were four of us at a...

Tori 44 Will Make You Rethink Ramen Noodles and Boneless Chicken Wings

“My theory holds true,” said my buddy Mel as he wiped his face and picked his fork back up. “The closer you get to...

Dipping Your Toes into OCTO Fish Bar is Fine, But I Suggest Taking a...

So you wind up back at OCTO Fish Bar, contemplating pacu ribs and Skuna Bay salmon. Maybe you were just here; I trust the...

Food Policy Action Begins Work Beyond Washington D.C. with Minnesota Launch

The mission statement on the Food Policy Action front web page ends with “A tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies.”...

The Taco Truck in the Liquor Store Parking Lot

When you see a taco truck selling food in a liquor store parking lot, of course you stop. There’s a chance you wind up falling...

It’s Time to Add ninetwentyfive’s Food and Cocktails to Your Wayzata Game Plan

I’m sitting on the patio of ninetwentyfive in Wayzata on a Sunday afternoon. The sky is perfect, and so is the breeze. It's exactly...
What if I told you I had drawn up a road trip that starts just a few feet from the St. Croix River with a coffee and a brand new book, then runs nearly 200 miles south along the St. Croix River and through the stunning topography of the Driftless Region? For hours, you'll see thick forests, rocky hills,...

BOOKSHOPS CHAPTERS

Chapter 5: Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin

If you walk into Driftless Books and Music too quickly, you’ll miss the headstone leaning out against the front stairway. It commemorates La Crosse’s...

Chapter 4: Pearl Street Books and Buzzard Billy’s in La Crosse

Last time I was out on St. Patrick's Day weekend, my man Hornish and I hit 7th Street in St. Paul after a Minnesota...

Chapter 3: A Visual Tour of Minnesota’s Most Famous Toy Store

The appearance of LARK Toys on Highway 61 hit us the way Harmon Killebrew hit baseballs back in the day. It's a long building...

Chapter 2: Fair Trade Books in Red Wing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx Before we get started,...

Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Coffee in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 171-mile drive to a...

ON THE ROAD

Nexus. It's a term often used to describe a central, important place. Neighborhoods, industries, worldwide movements, all have such a place. As an example, I'd consider Grumpy's Northeast in Minneapolis the nexus of the Twin Cities craft beer community. Most small towns have a Main St. around which its collective heart beats. Individuals can have them, too. Maybe it's an entertainment...

At the Vermilion Club, You Save Your Best Stories for the Bamboozler

When the Bamboozler shows up, everybody moves. You shove your napkins to the side and pull your drinks back toward your chests. You scoot your...

With Over 100 Burgers, the Kings Place Lineup is Most Impressive

I watched the Super Bowl at Kings Place. You should have been there. You could have been relaxing to the sound of grease crackling...

The Bear’s Den in Bruno, Where My Vehicle Makes Frequent Stops for Cheeseburgers

When I was 27 years old, I was a goof-off posing as a Mesabi Daily News sportswriter. I'd bring four chili dogs with me to...

Dog, Gone! Conquering the Mutt at Gator’s Grilled Cheese Emporium

“What do you mean, I have to eat the sides, too?!” You have to eat the sides, too. My man Eliot and I were in Ely,...

Coming Around: My Gordy’s Hi-Hat Story

One of my favorite songs all-time is Murder by Death's "I Came Around." In it, the singer attends the wake of a man he'd long disliked. He thought he...

Food with Old Friends, Drinks with New Friends: Mike’s Pub in Hibbing

Where were you when you had your first cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches used as the bun? I was in Hibbing, dining and talking with two...

You asked for it!

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The Twin Cities’ Best Birthday Deals, Ranked

It's 2018, and you're still paying for stuff on your birthday? Cut it out! You should be having no trouble living the high life on...

Tonight’s (and Every Night’s) Best Burger Deals in the Twin Cities

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

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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.