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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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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. 

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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

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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

The pizza king loves barbecue—so now he's making it himself. more

Aug 15, 2017 11:16 AM Foodie 1 Comments

Hilton lobby

Photo courtesy of Arturo Barbera

The Minneapolis Hilton got a $27 million facelift—and you get chicken wings! more

Aug 7, 2017 9:30 AM Foodie

Tenant restaurant

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

Traditional fine dining restaurants are dropping like flies in the Twin Cities, but what’s carrying forward is surprising. more

Jul 24, 2017 10:39 AM Eat & Drink

Jesse Held

Jester Concepts

No one wants to haul eye-droppers and ten gins Up North, but there is a way to cocktail in style with minimal equipment. more

Jul 18, 2017 1:35 PM Foodie

Some of the best Minneapolis skyway sushi is tucked away in the Baker Center. more

Jul 10, 2017 11:34 AM Foodie

Tim McKee

Photograph by Ackerman + Gruber

There's a new food hall, fish market, and restaurant headed for Lowertown. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:01 PM Foodie 2 Comments

Devil Advocate's bloody mary

Photography by Caitlin Abrams

These Twin Cities brunches prove Minnesotans want their early weekend to do more. Much more. more

Jun 21, 2017 12:12 PM Eat & Drink 2 Comments

Why is The Strip Club closing in July such a big deal? Please attend this digital wake and find out! more

Jun 14, 2017 2:17 PM Foodie

Prize-winning Pryes Brewing has free parking, a waterfront patio, feather bowling, and a pop-up ready kitchen with wood-burning oven. For real!! more

Jun 9, 2017 9:22 AM Foodie

The old Marquette hotel got a $24 million upgrade—and downtown happy hour lovers will be thrilled. more

Jun 7, 2017 10:03 AM Foodie

Leg of Lamb BBQ from Meritage's Russell Klein

Photos courtesy of Russell Klein

What do fancy chefs do to relax on summer weekends? Live large, that's what. more

May 31, 2017 3:53 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Restaurant economics geeks, you're going to want to explore this one. more

May 25, 2017 3:21 PM Foodie

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

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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

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Poet Danez Smith

Photograph courtesy of Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a St. Paul native living in Minneapolis—and might just be the next big star in American poetry. more

Sep 11, 2017 4:33 PM Arts & Culture

Lake Street bridge

Photo by David Bowman

Our annual hurry up, put on a sweater, get out and enjoy it before everything turns to white guide. more

Sep 8, 2017 4:24 PM Travel & Visitors

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

This year's beer haul is better than ever—but raises a great many questions. more

Aug 31, 2017 3:14 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

Oh the humanity! I came, I ate, I judged. Now I'm covered with powdered sugar, but that's OK. more

Aug 24, 2017 3:02 PM Foodie 1 Comments

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

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Photo from Sociable Cider Werks Facebook page

Don’t say they’re finally making real cider, or Jim will make such a face! more

Aug 21, 2017 9:30 AM Foodie

The pizza king loves barbecue—so now he's making it himself. more

Aug 15, 2017 11:16 AM Foodie 1 Comments

Minnesota State Fair illustration

Illustration by Mario Zucca

Our insider's guide to some hidden spots, honey holes, and secret to-dos at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. more

Aug 7, 2017 11:22 AM , , General Interest

Hilton lobby

Photo courtesy of Arturo Barbera

The Minneapolis Hilton got a $27 million facelift—and you get chicken wings! more

Aug 7, 2017 9:30 AM Foodie

Sonja Tanner at Waken Tipi Cave in St. Paul

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Sonja Tanner founded America’s first Native American–owned travel agency. Now she’s giving tours that change how even lifelong Twin Cities residents see our home. more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM General Interest

Bellecour Croissants

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

If you need a gluten (or gluten-free) fix, look no further. more

Jul 27, 2017 1:22 PM , Eat & Drink 5 Comments

Minnows in a bucket

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Drive north to legendary Corral Saloon if you want to drink a minnow yourself! more

Jul 26, 2017 4:00 PM Foodie