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Our critics serve up a high stack of pancakes, pastries, brunches, bloody marys, and more. See their picks for morning eats that will start your day off on the sunny side of life.
by Andrew Zimmern, Beth Dooley, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, and Stephanie March
Breakfast! 85 Critics’ Picks
Wine & Spirits
Milk thistle helps your liver function at a higher level, helping you eliminate toxins more quickly to bounce back a little faster.
by Johnny Michaels
Liver Detox: Milk Thistle
Wine & Spirits
Let's dump some of our old standbys and branch out in 2013. With so many countries, grapes, and styles of wine out there, we could all use some fresh choices and places to discover them.
by Bill Coy
New Year, New Wine
Global Eats
The new Copper Pot Indian Grill is the most ambitious Indian restaurant to come along since the ill-fated OM.
by Peter Lilienthal
Copper Pot Indian Grill
Video
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine food and dining editor Stephanie March gives you a sampling of five breakfast and brunch foods to get you through Minnesota winter.
Features

It’s time to bury all the old fruitcake jokes—our
leading bakers are deliciously bringing back the
historic holiday treat. 

Where and What to Eat
This little Frenchy grilled ham and cheese sandwich is EVERYWHERE these days.
One Great Plate: Croque Monsieur/Madame
Where and What to Eat
Sorrento Cucina are telling an Italian family restaurant story and it’s just what the Nonna ordered on a chilly, frost-bitten day.
City Lunch:  Sorrento Cucina
Where and What to Eat
Birdsong Soups is a CSS (like a CSA but it’s community supported soup), although it feels more like a soup club because you have choice and flexibility.
Wine & Spirits

We’ve all heard of the benefits of letting wines breathe before we swill them down. Well, the same physical principles also apply to spirits.  

by Johnny Michaels
 Scotch Needs to Breathe, Too
Features
Altogether there are fewer than 60 seats where you can pull up for a dish of locally sourced, refined but humble European-influenced food.
The Lynn on Bryant
Wine & Spirits
Wine lovers come in all shapes, sizes, and income brackets. Our top selections for all the wine enthusiasts on your list.
by Bill Coy
The Gift of Wine
Slideshow
Cafe Maude's new location at Loring Park offers the same glories as it's South Minneapolis spot but with some upmarket additions.
Cafe Maude
Slideshow
Ten gifts and goodies for foodies.
Gifts for the Food Set
Slideshow
This dining spot in the Kenwood neighborhood has a cozy clubroom feel and a refined yet comforting menu.
Slideshow
At the revival of Figlio in the West End, chef J.P. Samuelson balances the menu between the old classics and new creations.
Where and What to Eat
Quince is a sunshine yellow fruit that rather looks like a roundish knobbly pear, and it smells heavenly.
Eat & Tell: What Are Quince?
Where and What to Eat
The burgers here come to your table hot and ready with a nice creamy layer of cheese.
Where and What to Eat
You haven’t seen the three-minute egg, served in-shell with the crown sliced off, in restaurants very often, but that’s changing fast.
One Great Plate: Soft-Boiled Eggs
Where and What to Eat
Nutmeg is usually thought of as a Christmas spice, but it really has some nice applications for Turkey Day table too.
One Great Plate: Nutmeg
Where and What to Eat
People are MAD for Brussels, and there are plenty of ways to eat those cute mini-cabbages, other than the ubiquitous bacon treatment.
Video
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine food and dining editor Stephanie March previews the new Union Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis with chef Jim Christiansen and owner Kam Talebi.
Where and What to Eat
Suggestions for a casual and fun restaurant for a groom’s dinner in St. Paul for about 100 people.
St. Paul Groom's Dinner
Where and What to Eat
Spatchcock is NOT a made-up word, it is real. It’s basically like butterflying, and there's only one place in town we know of that serves their chicken thusly.
One Great Plate:  Spatchcock Chicken
Where and What to Eat
Lucky for lunchers (and anyone on jury duty) the newly revamped Thrivent Café is open to the public.
City Lunch:  Thrivent Cafe