34: Fried Dumplings at Far East

rsz_dumplings.jpg
Courtesy of Far East's Facebook Page
Forget roses, we want a bouquet of these babies.

If you think making the trek from Minneapolis to St. Paul is difficult, try finding a good enough reason to go to Shakopee. Valley Fair was cool -- in eighth grade -- and sure, betting on the horses is fun, especially on dollar hot dog day. But a Shakopee trip more than once a year? Doubtful.

Until now. We're about to give you a crispy, chewy, juicy, delicious, savory reason to head (slightly) south for an evening.

See also:
35: A to Z Pizza Farm Pizza


More »

35: A to Z Pizza Farm Pizza

pizzafarm.jpg
Mecca Bos

The charms of the first and best pizza farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin are many: idyllic rolling pastures, cud-chewing cows, plenty of open spaces for burning childhood energies, and an excellent excuse to crack open a picnic blanket and lounge in the singular golden dusk of the Wisconsin river valley. It's another reason to pine for the warm weather months. But the finest charm is the pie itself, one that stands up to all scrutiny.

See also:
36: 'Nduja Egg Raviolo at Bar La Grassa


More »

36: 'Nduja Egg Raviolo at Bar La Grassa

BLGRaviolo_1.jpg
Danielle McFarland

Chef Isaac Becker's take on a voluptuous Italian dish, raviolo al uovo (egg in ravioli), shows off simple ingredients while showcasing Bar La Grassa's ability to consistently execute an ambitious, artisanal, old-world-style dish in a new-world setting.

See also:
37: Corn Pancakes at Maria's Cafe


More »

37: Corn Pancakes at Maria's Cafe

rsz_cornpancake.jpg
Courtesy of Maria's Cafe
Cachapas Venezolanas

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, frankly, the best meal in general, we cherish the gastronomical wonder that is Maria's Café.


See also:
38: Seared Salmon with Ginger, Scallion, and Sweet Soy at Quang


More »

38: Seared Salmon with Ginger, Scallion, and Sweet Soy at Quang

rsz_comca.jpg
Suzy Piper
What's the 411? It's delicious salmon.

Located on Nicollet Avenue, Quang, a Vietnamese restaurant, is known for a variety of things -- including some great tasting pho, an infuriating parking lot (but at least there's a parking lot), and probably the fastest service we've ever experienced.

It's like you barely have a moment to take it all in and poof! Spring rolls.

See also:
39: Big Boy Ranch Plate from Chef Shack Ranch

More »

39: Big Boy Ranch Plate from Chef Shack Ranch

hungryboy.jpg
Mecca Bos
You needn't be big, nor a boy to order this platter at Chef Shack Ranch

Here is the thing about BBQ joints -- lots of times, they are run by the kinds of dudes who could double as linebackers. Meats are their strong suit, and many can smoke these meats quite well, indeed. But the attending players -- the slaws, breads, pickles, and beans -- are usually such an afterthought that it's a standard BBQ move to serve, for instance, elbow mac with an unmelted smattering of cheese or a single slice of Wonder bread.

Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer are the gals with the big red food trucks and the famous Indian spiced mini donuts. They are the kind of people who are so quietly humble about what they do you wouldn't really know that they are also classically trained chefs who could probably work anywhere, here or in New York, which they both have done, for many years previous to their continually burgeoning real-food-for-regular-folk empire.

You see, they are proletariat. They want to share their prodigious talents as far and as wide as possible, so, meats and donuts.

See also:
40: House Hot Dog at Kyatchi

More »

40: House Hot Dog at Kyatchi

KyatchiDog_AlmaGuzman.jpg
Alma Guzman
Mayo makes the dog at Kyatchi

Suggesting that you order a hot dog at a sushi restaurant is a questionable move, we know. Maybe as questionable as putting a hot dog on the menu at a sushi restaurant.

But the house hot dog at Kyatchi is a unique experience, made all the more unique by the fact that it's offered -- and best enjoyed -- in this setting.

See also:
Happy Hour at Kyatchi: Japanese Small Plates and $5 Sake

More »

41: Tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo at Broders' Pasta Bar

rsz_1number18.jpg
Courtesy of Broders' Pasta Bar
Just dive in and never look back.

When you first walk into Broders' Pasta Bar, you know you're somewhere special. How? Well, simply because there's typically an hour-long wait on a Tuesday night, and people are still willing to stay and stand in a cramped hallway.

That sure is saying something for a restaurant in Minnesota.

See also:
42: Slice from Hello Pizza

More »

42: Slice from Hello Pizza

helloslice.jpg
Photo courtesy of Hello PIzza Facebook Page

You should be familiar with this by now. It isn't the sophisticated glamour girl all decked out in Fendi and golden hair weaves who you want! It's the quiet, mousy little sister with the heart of gold in well worn sneakers who is the true girlfriend material. Don't let her get away because you're too enamored with the hair weaves! You'll be sorry.

Ann Kim's beloved, refined, and all grown up Pizzeria Lola gets all the love, but to us, it's unassuming little Hello Pizza and the slices they sling that truly deserve our affections.

See also:
43: Lengua Burrito from El Taco Riendo


More »

43: Lengua Burrito from El Taco Riendo

Lenguaburrito.jpg
Grant Tillery
El Taco Riendo's lengua burrito is the gold standard for burritos in the Twin Cities.

At first glance, lengua isn't enticing.

The traditional Mexican preparation of cow tongue gives the meat a gelatinous appearance. And for many, just the idea of eating cow tongue is revolting -- no matter that it's commonplace in parts of the world where whole-animal cooking is the norm.

Order lengua in one of El Taco Riendo's Cadillac-sized burritos, however, and the gray goodness of the lengua functions no differently than favorite, familiar cuts of meat would.

See also:
44: Deep Dish Sausage Pizza at Davanni's

More »
Loading...