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Eating Minnesota

Out, omnivore. In, locavore—one who eats only foods that are locally made or grown. Here are a few of our Minnesota favorites, from Ames Farm honey to zucchini blossoms. And no, this time, S isn’t for Spam.

Roll with the Brunches

Mom-worthy pastries, apple cinnamon pancakes, cherry chicken sausage, and fresh fruit parfaits make their way to the plate at one big-league brunch and a number of bright, young new ones.

Street Eats

Hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream—and hot dogs. Shouldn’t a city the size of Minneapolis have more interesting sidewalk fare?

Dispatches from the Drifts

These days, as our intrepid throttle-thumber discovers, there’s a whole lot more to beelin’ than blue smoke and testosterone.

Maria’s Café

The breakfast menu at Maria’s Café features unusual flapjacks, such as their signature cachapas Venezolanas.

W. A. Frost

Frost’s is more than just a pretty face; its kitchen turns out as much substance as style.

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Geek is chic—and it’s time to get in on the action. Presenting six smart ways to tickle your brain in public.

Scrabble Rabble

Word to the wise: tune in to public access Tuesday nights to catch Minneapolis’s most popular game show.

Heartland Wine Bar

WHILE PERUSING HEARTLAND RESTAURANT’S WEBSITE RECENTLY, I discovered that Lenny Russo, the meticulous, dedicated, and inspired owner/chef, posts the custom menus he composes for groups. Clicking on “The Murray McAllister Birthday Celebration,” I reviewed...


A chef changes cities but doesn't lose his accent.