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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Interior of Shag Sushi in the North Loop of Minneapolis
First Bite: Shag Sushi

Is the new sushi spot in North Loop groovy, baby?

Pip Hanson Goes To London

Hold onto your top hat and monocle, the man who made Marvel Bar famous is moving to London!

2015 Best Restaurants

The 50 places you should be eating at right now, including the 12 best of the best.

Northern Star: Lucia Watson Tells All

Thirty years after opening a restaurant that helped define Minneapolis dining, Lucia Watson shares her story.

Vellee Deli Opens Monday!

Get a sneak peek of Vellee Deli's skyway brick and mortar, which is finally about to open.

Northern Supper Clubs: Two for the Win

The Salt Cellar and Red Stag prove the classic Northwoods supper club is fertile ground in the Twin Cities.

BREAKING: Shane Oporto IN as Chef de Cuisine for La Belle Vie

The news is out: YC is replaced by Libertine sous chef Shane Oporto.

Linguini with Pesto Genovese
An Aphrodisiac-Eater’s Guide to the Twin Cities

Just in time for Valentine's Day, here's where to find the most potent aphrodisiacs in town.

Interior of Travail/The Rookery in Robbinsdale, MN
Travail Goes to Tickets

FINALLY, you can get a reservation at Travail. (And by "get" we mean "buy.")

Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa | Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Strippers Are Keeping You From Butternut Squash Daiquiris

. . . Or so implies the zoning ordinance that's delaying Restaurant Alma's expansion.

Jucy Lucy Date at Blue Door Pub in Minneapolis
No Reservations Valentine's Day Hot List

Forget to make a V-day reservation? Here's how to make it seem like that never happened.

Dr. Tim Culbert
The Kids Are All Right

Who’s fighting America’s childhood ADHD epidemic? Dr. Tim Culbert, one deep breath at a time.

Spoon & Stable

In which we try to neutrally evaluate Spoon and Stable, the restaurant that is hotter than the mighty and incorruptible sun.

Interior of Sanctuary Restaurant in Minneapolis
Sanctuary Is Now Chef Co-Owned

Long-time chef Patrick Atanalian now has a stake in the Washington Avenue restaurant.

Taps at Surly Beer Hall | Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Surly Brewery's Next Steps

With a planned 85-seat elevated restaurant, a beer garden, an event center, and a massive patio the new Surly Brewery just keeps getting crazier.

The Forty-Four Best Bars

Our favorite Twin Cities spots for craft cocktails, brown booze, and wines that warm your night.

Uptown Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Foodie Movie-Lover's Guide To Surviving Minnesota Winter

Dara's guide to the Twin Cities' best places to eat near movie theaters.

Coming Soon: St. Genevieve, a New Steven Brown Restaurant

The old Lynn on Bryant space will host Tilia chef Steven Brown's latest project.

Agra Culture
Paleo's Progress

Feeding your inner caveperson is all the rage in Minnesota, no flint axe required.

Gene Winstead
Nice Guy Finishes First

Gene Winstead is the mayor of Bloomington, and so nice you’d never believe that his kid sister is spitfire Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show.

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