Where can I find chicken feet in the Twin Cities?

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Hey Hot Dish,

I've never eaten fried chicken feet before. I've seen them at my local co-op but are there any restaurants in the cities that serve them?

-Kara

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Ask Hot Dish: Where can I find bao in the Twin Cities?

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We at Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here.


Dear Hot Dish,

I'm seriously craving some bao right now. Any ideas on where to find it?


Bao, otherwise known as baozi, humbow, nunu, bausak, or pow, is a Chinese steamed bun filled with meat, vegetables, or a combination of the two. There are two main kinds of bao served in China and Indonesia. The first is dabao, a big steamed bun that is portable and perfect for eating on the go, and the second is xiaobao, a smaller bun akin to a soup dumpling that is eaten at restaurants. Bao is often eaten for breakfast, but can be consumed at any time of day.

Steamed pork buns are by and large the most popular variety of bao, but are tricky to come by in the Twin Cities. With a little digging and determination, we've found a few spots to satisfy your craving.


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Ask Hot Dish: What restaurants have the best private rooms?

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The appropriately named Barrel Room at Marin Restaurant & Bar

In the past few weeks, the Hot Dish has received a number of questions on the topic of where to host different sorts of parties, celebrations, and business-y gatherings. Instead of answering just one reader e-mail directly, we thought we would take this opportunity to address one (seemingly) big question: Which Twin Cities restaurants have the best private rooms? 

Ah, the scramble to find and secure the perfect venue. It's something that most of us experience in the peak summer months, when it seems like every weekend someone is having a baby shower or a birthday or an annual recognition luncheon. To ensure that these supposedly fun events actually are fun (and not just a recurring nightmare of menu planning, Costco runs, and endless clean-up), we highly recommend hosting them somewhere outside your own abode. 

Whether you are looking to throw an intimate, sit-down affair or more of an open bar knees-up, we have a handful of suggestions of where to start looking when you need to book a private room. 

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Ask Hot Dish: Where can I eat out if I have food allergies?

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Strategies for eating out when some foods could kill you
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My grandson has a peanut allergy. Is there anywhere safe to take him?

Dining out is a time to come together with friends and family, a chance to relax over a plate of delicious food. When you're dealing with a food sensitivity that can result in inconvenient discomfort or something much worse, how do you know where to eat? 

It's estimated that some 15 million Americans are afflicted by food allergies and 1 in every 13 children suffers from some form of this potentially deadly aversion. We put the call out to local chefs and sufferers of food allergies to learn more about safe dining when dealing with dire dietary concerns.

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A flat white: It's not just a little latte.

I just moved back to the Twin Cities after living in the UK for several years. Over there, they have a coffee drink known as a flat white, which I understand originated in New Zealand. I've made do with traditional Italian cappuccinos from the likes of Dogwood and Kopplin's for now, but I'd love to be able to order a flat white somewhere in Minnesota. 

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Ask Hot Dish: Where can I get a Ramos Gin Fizz?

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The elusive Ramos Gin Fizz

On a recent trip to New Orleans I discovered my new favorite drink, a Ramos Fizz. I was wondering if there is a place I can get one of these gems in the Twin Cities... without pissing off the bartender?

The Ramos Gin Fizz is an insiders-only, secret-handshake sort of cocktail. It's seldom listed on a menu, but any bartender worth his salt knows how to make one. We reached out to several drink shakers around town to get to the bottom of this effervescent request.

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