If you were driving over the Wabasha St. Bridge around 8:15 p.m. Saturday, I must offer my apologies for that evening's visuals. You probably saw me lumbering up the bridge like a tree monster: eyes big and deep; hair blown about like branches in the wind; a wide, unevenly-drawn body. I was guy with that shirt, the one with the cheeseburger on front and MAN’S...

THE RIVERSIDE BOOKSHOPS

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...

FOOD

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 the press box when I covered the hockey games. I'd sit up there, eating like I'd never been in public before, occasionally scrawling stats on a chili-stained piece of paper. I farted so loudly one night, I disrupted a radio broadcast. The damn thing sounded like a phone book being ripped in two. The color commentary guy was keeled over...

Pig Out! The Wild Boar Makes Their First Twin Cities Burger Battle Appearance

Who’s ready for wild boar facts?! Did you know, a group of wild boars is called a sounder? Speaking of sound, a wild boar’s squeal...

My Love Affair with Ham’s Sandwich Shop Started with a Fiery Train Wreck

There’s an old riddle about one town with two barbers, one with great hair and one with shaggy hair. The barber with great hair...

Take Me to the River: Springtime at the Mississippi Pub

I stop into the Mississippi Pub on a textbook Minnesota March morning. The sky is bright, but the wind is brutal. The Mississippi River...

Fully-Loaded Omelettes and Bacon Avocado Benedict at Fat Nat’s Eggs

I stopped in to Fat Nat's Eggs in New Hope last week for lunch, and the person seated next to me at the counter...

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...

Aging Tastefully: Eighty-Five Years in West St. Paul for the Cherokee Tavern

The Cherokee Tavern has changed its name, changed its name back, and changed owners twice since it first opened in 1933. But has the...

Where to Eat In My Neighborhood

Newport’s North Pole Restaurant

First, you kick some serious ass. Maybe you kill a few dudes, maybe a building explodes, and maybe you need to wrap your bloody...

Portillo’s Hot Dogs in Woodbury: First of its Name in Minnesota

All these newfangled, so-called "Instagram-worthy" restaurants are going to someday run into a problem. Once all of the "influencers" have come through, gotten their perfectly-filtered...

My Dolphins Bar: Lakes Tavern and Grill

For bar-aged Miami Dolphins fans who live outside of Miami, the ability to languish in silent misery while everyone else around you cheers on...

Dear Woodbury

Dear Woodbury, We were close once. Really close. I vividly remember those days, right after my wife and I got married back in 2011. We had this...

You asked for it!

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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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...

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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.