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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The Buttered Tin restaurant
The Tops: French Toast Wonderland

Dara's take on where to get the best French toast in the Twin Cities.


Ron Bowen of Prairie Restoration
Prairie Restoration

Imagine all the people saving the monarch butterfly. Ron Bowen has since childhood, and now he has a plan that just might work.


Gavin Kaysen
Michelin Starred Gavin Kaysen Leaving NYC for Mpls

The local hero and protége of Daniel Boulud comes home.


Terzo Vino Bar | Photo by Katherine Harris
The Best Wine Bars Around MSP

Put down the bottle of Two Buck Chuck and pick up the menu at one of the area’s premiere wine-slingers. 


Coup d'Etat kitchen
Next Level: Coup d'Etat

Dara review's Uptown's flashiest new addition.


Con Artistry

The real story of how the world's most notorious art collection wound up in Minnesota.


Garden Party
How to Cheat A Garden Party Before Spring Has Sprung

The best indoor flower displays/ lunch spot doubleheaders in town.


Ribs from BoneYard Kitchen & Bar / photo by Caitlin Abrams
Sneak Peek: BoneYard Kitchen & Bar

The new BBQ joint opens Friday in Uptown.


Clam strips at Mac's Fish and Chips in Minneapolis
FIRST BITE: Mac's Fish & Chips

The St. Paul fish stand hits Minneapolis.


Bachelor Farmer tabletop
50 Best Restaurants

The essential guide to eating in the Twin Cities right now.


Bachman's goes neonic free bees graphic.
Bachman’s Goes Neonic Free

The local garden store's doing its bit to save the pollinators.


A crowd at a one of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Tastemakers events.
Tastemakers: Save the Bees

The buzz on life as we know it. Preventing the steep decline of our world’s pollinators.


Interior of Marvel Bar
The Tops: Five Best Places to Take Rick Bayless

Where Would You Take Rick Bayless?


Neal Karlen
Neal Karlen's Gangster Paradise

Can one man expose Minneapolis' seedy history? If Hollywood gets a hold of his story, you might just rethink this city.


Tanpopo Ramen
The Tops: Five Best Ramen Places In the Twin Cities

Dara waxes about all things ramen and drops her top five noodle-slingers in town.


The Meat Plate at Chef Shack Ranch
The Chef Shack Ranch: Way More Than Mini-Donuts

Minnesota food truck Chef Shack establishes a Minneapolis brick-and-mortar eatery.


Hola Arepa food truck
Hola Arepa Revealed: A 100 Seat Restaurant On South Nicollet

One of our most beloved food trucks is going brick and mortar in a very big way.


Drinks at Sonora Grill
Winter of Our Discontent Survival Guide: Beach Party!

Pass the margarita salt. Warm, beachy getaways (with a little imagination), right this way.


Heart-Shaped Pizza for Valentine's Day
Top 5 Cheapskate Valentine's Day Plans

Dara's top 5 romantic Valentine's Day options for folks on a budget.


Anders Nilsen
Cosmic Comics

A comic artist transcends the form in South Minneapolis.


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