Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was born in New York City, little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She has been writing about restaurants and wine since 1997, first as the restaurant critic for City Pages, then for Minnesota Monthly and Real Food, and now for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Her food writing has appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and many other publications, (her work has appeared in six editions of the Best Food Writing in America anthology, if anyone's counting,) and her last book was Drink This: Wine Made Simple. She has been nominated 10 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times. She lives in south Minneapolis with her husband and two young children, a life she says is very close to perfect, because it is rich in both Sauternes and string cheese.

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Cocktails on the bar at Bradstreet Craftshouse in downtown Minneapolis
Best Happy Hours: Downtown Minneapolis!

I recently decided to conduct a dedicated inquiry into our fair metropolis’ happy hours. What I found delighted me, astounded me, and convinced me I need to get out more often.

Don’t Panic! Last-Minute Thanksgiving Rescue

Did you just scorch your turkey black? Did you dump that no-good liar you’ve been thinking of dumping—but with poor holiday timing?

Zombie Pub Crawl Minneapolis Minnesota
Eat Donuts to Win a Chance to Eat Brains!

Busy Saturday from 1–4 p.m.? If you don't have plans, why not pay $10 to eat as many Glam Doll donuts as you possibly can? If you can eat more than anyone else, you'll win the chance to eat brains with Joey Chestnut, and if you eat more brains than Joey Chestnut, you’ll win a cool thousand bucks.

Food Wars: The 12 Best Soups in the Twin Cities?!

Baby, it’s cold outside. So: soup. Of course. Of course! But what soup? 

A plate of breakfast at the Birchwood Cafe
Get a Whole Chef-Delivered Thanksgiving at the Birchwood Kickstarter!

Contribute to the Birchwood's Kickstarter campaign and you could get in on a Thanksgiving dinner for 8-12 people, delivered to your house.

Glam Local Super Bowl Takeout

Getting ready for the Super Bowl, and deciding you’re not in the mood for the usual pizza delivery? There are more fantabulous offerings to be had in the Twin Cities, such as . . .

Charlie Trotter's Kitchen
Minneapolis Remembers Charlie Trotter

All the food world is grieving the loss of one of the most creative and visionary American chefs of the last 100 years, the great Charlie Trotter, who died today at the young age of 54.

New Dirt Cheap Menu At Haute Dish – Plus James Beard Dinner!

Whenever visitors ask me where to eat in the Twin Cities, Haute Dish is at the top of my list—because chef Landon Schoenefeld is a great and strengthening talent, and because he’s working culinary territory that no one else on earth seems to care about, namely the repertoire of the comfort-minded Midwest post-WWII.

Twelve Days of Christmas, Superb Local Food Edition

Are we getting down to the wire? Yes, we are getting down to the wire. 

Umami To Be Permanent, With Dim Sum

Topping off its Kickstarter at $255,669, Travail has signed a year-lease for Umami.

Who Will Be the Next Minnesota Food Superstar: Scott Pampuch?

When last we left Scott Pampuch, he had shocked the world by taking a job as executive chef at the Minnesota Valley Country Club, and further shocked the world by actually selling his restaurant Corner Table.

Krungthep Thai / Photo by Katherine Harris
Best Thai Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Dara's picks for the best Thai restaurants in town.

Exterior of Crema restaurant in Minneapolis
Vellee Deli Pop-Up At Crema!

January is going to bring a Vellee Deli pop-up restaurant at South Minneapolis’ vaunted Crema Café. It’ll be dinner-only, and it’ll go all winter long.

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