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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Kadai Indian Kitchen in Minneapolis skyway
First Bite: Kadai Indian Kitchen

The latest entry into the Minneapolis skyway Indian food mix surprises with a delicate spice.

Diners Dogs, and Distinction at Nighthawks

Can one of Minneapolis’s most cerebral chefs pull off an old-fashioned scratch diner? Nighthawks answers.

First Bite: New Food Truck Sushi Daruma

Hibachi Daruma's sister truck brings solid sushi to downtown Minneapolis.

Gilding the Chicken

New fried chicken spot Revival is all that and a bag of just-fried pork rinds—but there’s more to this little gem than meets the tongue.

Shrimp vermicelli bowl from Bep Eatery
First Bite: Bep Eatery

All hail the first skyway Vietnamese restaurant in Minneapolis!

Interior of Travail
Travail Tickets Two Months In

The tickets-for-reservations system at Travail might actually be working.

Calling Out Cat Callers

Lindsey M. is a sweet-smiling Ivy League litigator who’s taking on Minneapolis’s street harassers, one catcall at a time.

Look, Booze Growlers Are A Thing

Micro-distilleries finally have an answer to microbrewery growlers: 375 milliliter bottles.

Jamie Malone
Coming Soon: Scena

The new Uptown super spot will feature Jamie Malone, Erik Anderson, and Bittercube Bitters chef-driven cocktails.

Twin Spirits Distillery logo
Coming Soon: Our First One-Woman Distillery!

Northeast will soon be home to Twin Spirits Distillery from the talents of Michelle Winchester.

The Dinner Party Download
The Dinner Party Download Comes To Town

The secret to APM's hit interview show is that they tape it . . . SHIRTLESS?!

Zap On, Zap Off

The future of tattoos is being written in Northeast Minneapolis, and it’s a lot less permanent than it used to be.

Namaste Cafe Uptown, Minneapolis
Help Namaste Café Help Earthquake Victims!

The latest tastiness from the Uptown Nepalese joint is a helping of global good will.

Announcing the Fanciest CSA Ever

The Twin Cities' most lauded restaurant, La Belle Vie, now offers a CSA box program.

Oliphant Brewing’s
Go East!

It’s road-trip season, and the east metro towns of Stillwater, Hudson, Bayport, and Somerset have bloomed over the winter with several new drive-worthy destinations.

Sandcastle's Curdburger with a side of tots
The Curdburger & The Turdburger Are Now Actual Things

Lake Nokomis eatery, Sandcastle, is dropping a pair of new burgers, which, thankfully, contain turds in name only.

Top Four Drink Destinations

Go beyond the bass and Bunyan on your Minnesotan travels with Dara's four drink destinations.

Fika restaurant inside the American Swedish Institute
AWP Great Author’s Eating & Drinking Guide

When discussing literary icons, one does need a snack.

Going Off Script

Al Milgrom all but single-handedly created the indie-film-viewing scene in Minnesota.

Jim Christiansen in the kitchen at Heyday restaurant in Minneapolis, MN
Heyday's Jim Christiansen Named a Food & Wine Top New Chef

A chat with the MSP wunderkind on making the mag's Top Ten New Chefs list.

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