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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is one of the most awarded food writers in the country. She was born in New York City little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She started her career as a 13-year-old restaurant dishwasher, and, after coming to Minnesota for college, became a local restaurant, wine, and drink critic in 1997. Now with Mpls.St.Paul, Dara is the other half of our star food and dining team, working side by side with Stephanie March. In addition to her dining and beverage reviews for the magazine, Dara writes monthly on people, travel, health, and the environment. Her food writing has appeared in Delta SkyGourmet, SaveurFood & Wine, USA Today, and Bon Appetit, to name a few; she has been selected for quite a few editions of the anthology the Best Food Writing in America. Dara has been nominated for her food and wine writing 12 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times. Follow her on Twitter @DearDara, on Facebook @Dara.Grumdahl, and right here at Mpls.St.Paul for all the local food and drink expert info. 

Good news: Minneapolis has its first chef in a Michelin three-star restaurant. Bad news: it's in San Francisco. What does Erik Anderson's departure mean to the Grand Café? more

Nov 22, 2017 11:35 AM Foodie

Sometimes you're just not feeling it—but you still have to eat! more

Nov 21, 2017 1:35 PM Foodie

You have one week until #TD2017. You ready? more

Nov 16, 2017 9:33 AM , Foodie

Free parking, 21 chefs doing pop-up lunches, heat, a roof—the winter farmers' market scene in St. Paul this year is gonna be lit! more

Nov 8, 2017 7:37 AM Foodie

Vegetarian, affordable comfort food in Uptown—will this fill the Figlio-sized hole in your heart, Minneapolis? more

Nov 2, 2017 4:37 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Hodges Bend will bring breakfast burritos, single-farm coffee, and cocktails to the Minneapolis/St.Paul border. more

Oct 26, 2017 3:38 PM Foodie

There's a Minnesota absinthe scene, and it's growing. more

Oct 25, 2017 4:17 PM Foodie

Double cheeseburger at Parlour

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Parlour Bar lands on West Seventh. What's it like to be magic, St. Paul? more

Oct 23, 2017 12:00 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Beef at StormKing

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Minnesota looks into the fire for our essential barbecue food. Here's where to find the best brisket in town. more

Oct 23, 2017 11:50 AM Eat & Drink

What kind of chef walks away from his Super Bowl-adjacent restaurant months before the Super Bowl? This one. more

Oct 18, 2017 2:02 PM Foodie 2 Comments

Dara has clear thoughts and feelings about what the closing of Lucia's means to our food town. more

Oct 4, 2017 8:53 AM Foodie 23 Comments

The bar at 510 Lounge and Private Dining

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

The 510 Lounge and Private Dining takes over the most historic restaurant space in Minneapolis with a restaurant for the times. more

Sep 25, 2017 12:08 PM Eat & Drink

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via Facebook

Kale Thome, longtime Travail star, is the fire behind a new BBQ spot, and you can get a sneak peek! more

Sep 21, 2017 12:20 PM Foodie

The Missisippi River falls, where Minneapolis began, have always been an important center of Native American life, now they're getting a legit Native American restaurant. more

Sep 15, 2017 4:08 PM Foodie

Instagram may have brought the scourge of unicorn toast, but it also brought us the year of the mural. more

Foodie

The Commodore

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Eight months after shutting down his historically significant Heartland, Russo has another project. more

Sep 7, 2017 4:00 PM Foodie

Kim Bartmann's coming bubbly bar will be on display during the 2nd Annual Lit Crawl MN. more

Sep 7, 2017 11:20 AM Foodie

Octo Fishbar Lobster Roll

Doug Bigwood courtesy of Octo

Tim McKee's market project in the former Heartland space just got a whole lot more extravagant. more

Sep 1, 2017 2:50 PM Foodie

What has great wifi, wine on tap, and secret bathrooms? The aptly-named new State Fair spot called Hideaway. more

Aug 25, 2017 11:59 AM Foodie

A glass of cider at No. 12 Cider House

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Minnesota’s apple scene is rapidly evolving—in a wonderful and liquid direction. more

Aug 22, 2017 9:12 AM Eat & Drink

Good news: Minneapolis has its first chef in a Michelin three-star restaurant. Bad news: it's in San Francisco. What does Erik Anderson's departure mean to the Grand Café? more

Nov 22, 2017 11:35 AM Foodie

Sometimes you're just not feeling it—but you still have to eat! more

Nov 21, 2017 1:35 PM Foodie

You have one week until #TD2017. You ready? more

Nov 16, 2017 9:33 AM , Foodie

A new downtown Minneapolis skyway Indian spot by an old Indian restaurant hand. Is this the start of the Indian Chipotle? more

Nov 13, 2017 12:47 PM Foodie

Free parking, 21 chefs doing pop-up lunches, heat, a roof—the winter farmers' market scene in St. Paul this year is gonna be lit! more

Nov 8, 2017 7:37 AM Foodie

Illustrations of a wild turkey

Illustrations by Tim O'Brien

Wild turkeys were all but extinct in Minnesota. Now they’re strutting across every lawn and parking lot. What happened? more

Nov 3, 2017 12:12 PM General Interest

Vegetarian, affordable comfort food in Uptown—will this fill the Figlio-sized hole in your heart, Minneapolis? more

Nov 2, 2017 4:37 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Hodges Bend will bring breakfast burritos, single-farm coffee, and cocktails to the Minneapolis/St.Paul border. more

Oct 26, 2017 3:38 PM Foodie

There's a Minnesota absinthe scene, and it's growing. more

Oct 25, 2017 4:17 PM Foodie

Double cheeseburger at Parlour

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Parlour Bar lands on West Seventh. What's it like to be magic, St. Paul? more

Oct 23, 2017 12:00 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Beef at StormKing

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Minnesota looks into the fire for our essential barbecue food. Here's where to find the best brisket in town. more

Oct 23, 2017 11:50 AM Eat & Drink

What kind of chef walks away from his Super Bowl-adjacent restaurant months before the Super Bowl? This one. more

Oct 18, 2017 2:02 PM Foodie 2 Comments

It's the tastiest week of fall for your budget and your belly! more

Oct 13, 2017 12:00 PM , Foodie

Dara has clear thoughts and feelings about what the closing of Lucia's means to our food town. more

Oct 4, 2017 8:53 AM Foodie 23 Comments

Sara Bonvallet and Rob Miller, owners of Dangerous Man

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Dangerous Man is one of the most acclaimed breweries in the state. Where did it come from? Pillow talk. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:17 PM Arts & Culture 1 Comments

Tater tot

Photography by Jimmy Eagle at Blue Ox Mpls

We've brought together the Hall of Fame foods and dishes that have defined our eating landscape. Not to brag, but it's a heckuva list. more

Oct 2, 2017 11:21 AM , Eat & Drink 1 Comments

Power, Pie and Corruption at Salty Tart

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Details about the St. Paul Salty Tart location in Market House Collaborative have come out, and it's so much more than we thought. more

Sep 28, 2017 1:18 PM Foodie

The bar at 510 Lounge and Private Dining

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

The 510 Lounge and Private Dining takes over the most historic restaurant space in Minneapolis with a restaurant for the times. more

Sep 25, 2017 12:08 PM Eat & Drink

Mighty Axe Hops

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Wet hop beer season is upon us. Here’s your guide to what it’s all about, and which local wet hop brews you’ve gotta try. more

Sep 22, 2017 10:32 AM Eat & Drink

mn bbq page.jpg

via Facebook

Kale Thome, longtime Travail star, is the fire behind a new BBQ spot, and you can get a sneak peek! more

Sep 21, 2017 12:20 PM Foodie