Dracula, Paella and Drinking Organically

Where would Count Dracula dine if he visited the Twin Cities? We don’t have any Romanian restaurants, but if he misses the cooking of his native Transylvania (now a part of Romania), he’ll have a once-a-year opportunity on Saturday, July 26, when Saint Stephen Romanian Orthodox Church, Saint Paul, sponsors its annual Twin Cities Romanian […]

Sad News from the Broder Family

A press release from the Broder Family: Tom Broder, owner and founder of Broders’ Cucina Italiana and Broders’ Pasta Bar, quietly succumbed to a life-long heart condition at his home on Saturday, July 5, 2008. He was fifty-nine. Tom is survived by his wife Molly, sons Thomas (wife Annie), Charlie and Danny. Tom, along with […]

La Poblanita: authentic Mexican

meat parillada – photo by Denis Jeong I’d driven past La Poblanita, 1617-23 E. Lake St., for years, but I dined there for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been back twice since. The two addresses are actually two businesses – a restaurant at the corner, and a tortilleria next door, […]

Dancing Ganesha: Not Exactly Divine

I had high hopes for Dancing Ganesha, the new upscale Indian restaurant that replaced Willie’s Wine Bar on Harmon. When I spoke to one of the owners before the restaurant opened, he told me of ambitious plans to make it a "four-star" Indian restaurant with elements of French haute cuisine. I suggested a couple of […]

The Citizens Speak – Reviewing the Citizen Cafe

Thanks to everybody who responded to my call for citizen reviews of the Citizen Café. The results are in, and the results are, well, mixed. Some things you liked, some you didn’t. I’ll save my own comments for last, but that also sums up my own experience – I had a mediocre lunch, and a […]

Snacking and Grazing the Mill City Farmers Market

Yesterday was my first visit of the season to the Mill City Farmers Market, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many new stands there were selling locally produced prepared foods – apparently Brenda Langton, who was one of the founders of the market, and who owns the Spoonriver Restaurant next door, doesn’t mind the […]

United Noodle Deli to Expand

One of my favorite little lunch spots is the Chinese deli hidden away inside United Noodles, the oriental market hidden away inside the Seward neighborhood in south Minneapolis. There are only five tables, and no table service – you order at the counter, and bus your own dishes when you’re done. The menu is very […]

The 98 Pound Restaurant: Cheap Sushi and More!

 Header photo by Denis Jeong  I’ve been told that the whole Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet phenomenom has run its course, and that the next big trend for Chinese restaurateurs is sushi — the profit margins are better. A lot of Chinese buffets already offer a few varieties of sushi, but the new 98 Pounds Restaurant at […]

Krishna Comes to the Kingfield Market

Okay, I really intended to get this post up days ago, or at least sometime before Sunday (today), because today is the day of the weekly Kingfield Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. at 43rd and Nicollet Ave. S., but life got hectic, and I had to go to Chicago for […]

Flame: Not the Usual Mall Restaurant

photo by Denis Jeong I stopped by for lunch at Flame at the Rosedale Mall. I might be biased, because the owners – the same people who own Mission American Kitchen , Atlas Grill, and Via – are friends of mine, but I liked it. It isn’t the place I would go if I were […]