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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Best New Restaurants of 2013

It’s the time to put a big bow on 2013—and ask ourselves what kind of year was it, anyway? I say it was a good year. But what were the best new restaurants of 2013? Here's my take.

Best of Food + Dining 2013

Our dining team's go-to list for eat and drink in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota honey
Like Manna From Heaven

Brian Fredericksen makes out-of-this-world honey right here in Minnesota.

St. Paul Building Boom
St. Paul Building Boom

One of the big stories of 2013 developed slowly but left St. Paul transformed with the openings of solid neighborhood cafes from Highland to Lowertown to the East Side.

Todd Churchill
What Would Jesus Grill?

Todd Churchill runs one of the fastest-growing beef companies in the country because it’s what God would want.

Flavor Country

Minnesota is experiencing a bitters boom— but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Top Gifts for the Discriminating Drinker

Don't be bitters! Be the hero of your holiday party by bringing one of these great gifts.

Jacquie Berglund
For Every Thirst, A Beer

Jacquie Berglund changed the world because of what may have been the most important church basement stunt in Twin Cities history.

Adam Scarpello
Not So Mortal Combat

St. Paul’s newest armory looks more dangerous than it is.

Indian buffet
The New Spicy Abundance

Minnesota’s highly skilled Indian population is booming. Dara gives her picks for best local lunches.

The Marti family
Schell's: The Next Generation

Schell's Brewery is poised to go where no brewery has gone before.

Panic in Bloom

Bees are dying. So are moths And every other kind of pollinator. No pollinators means no flowers, no fruit, no nuts. Is this the end of the world as we know it?

No Oprah, No Problem

Thomasina Petrus has a button nose, dimples, jet-black curls, and the ability to make your skin go to goose bumps when she sings.


Broders’ new wine bar offers a distinctive twist.

Double-Fried Chicken Revolution

When did Minnesota acquire a great Pan-Asian fried chicken scene? Just recently. Grab your wet-naps and get crunching.

Burger Madness

Our sporting food critics spent the summer eating burgers like crazy to present you with the first-ever Burger League of Champions. Behold the mighty, meaty all-time champs.

Is There a Minnesota Style Pizza?

Something different seems to be crackling across the Minnesota pizza-scape.

Think Outside the Cash Box

What if we were just as creative now as we were in the ’90s?

A Real Pie Chart: Top 7 Twin Cities Slices

This is a very pie-intelligent town. Here are the ones you shouldn’t miss this summer pie season.

Booze Boom

The final nail in Prohibition’s coffin: Behold the new local microdistillery boom.

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