Grand Cafe Goes Italian with Sunday Social Pizza Dinners

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Photo courtesy of Grand Cafe

We recently reported that Red Wagon Pizza was getting into the brunch game (and getting in deep, too, serving Saturday, Sunday, and Monday brunch) with pancakes, French toast, and yes, breakfast pizza.

And now, Grand Cafe, one of our town's most heralded brunch slingers (they've even gotten some national attention), is giving Red Wagon some friendly competition by getting into pie selling.

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Best Pancakes Minneapolis 2015 - Grand Cafe


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What You'll Get at Afternoon Tea at Brit's Pub

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Mecca Bos
Afternoon Tea at Brit's Pub is fancy, yet not

There are certain things that mostly old people and little kids enjoy: dinner at 5 p.m., bake sales, chihuahuas, board games, tea parties. It's why grandparents and kids get along so well. So when I booked an afternoon tea at Brit's Pub for an auntie/niece date and she woke up sick, I wondered, could I just as well enjoy what amounts to sober happy hour without her? The experience is prepay at $17.95 per person ($9.95 for kids), so I was locked in.

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Secret of the City: Brit's Pub Has "Quite a Lot" of Imported Cadbury Chocolate in Stock


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The Twin Cities Spots That Made the List of 1,000 Things to Eat Before You Die

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Kim Ahlström; Workman Publishing Co.

What do jellied eels and a frozen Milky Way have in common? They both made Mimi Sheraton's tome of a culinary bucket list, the recently published 1,000 Things to Eat Before You Die. From Swedish pancakes to Afghani cuisine, several Twin Cities establishments were recognized as top-notch purveyors. Before hopping a plane to London to try jellied eels, check these off your list.

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11 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants


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This Is the Best Cake in America: Patisserie 46's "Chocolate"

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Mecca Bos

We know that John Kraus of Patisserie 46 led his team to win bronze in the world pastry competition, the Coupe de Monde, back in February. But did you know that you can now buy the chocolate cake that steered them to victory at Patisserie 46?

That's right, Minnesota: The country's best chocolate cake is available for your consumption, right now. An individual portion slice retails for $5.25. We got three, and we could eat them all. It's called simply "Chocolate." It needs no other introduction.

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John Kraus of Patisserie 46 on Coupe du Monde: "I've Never Been So Nervous In My Life"


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Super Soups: Warming Bowls for the Final Wintry Stretch

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Mecca Bos
Leek potato soup at Dan Kelly's: comforting and beautiful

The steely gray of late March commands some type of action. These drab days, sad days, nothing-much-to-do days can drive one to:

A: Drink
B: Cry
C: Drink and Cry
D: Climb into bed and consume soup

"D" being the most "centered" option, the one that will worry your family the least, our advice is to do just that. A list to get us all started on the road to sound mental health.

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The Third Bird gives comfort food the highbrow treatment

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World Street Kitchen "Mashups": Eat Your Favorite People, Places, and Things

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Photo courtesy of WSK Facebook Page

Besides food, Saffron and World Street Kitchen chef Sameh Wadi has lots of enthusiasms. But he's so very often working in the kitchen, how can he possibly indulge in them? Like any good artist, he figures it best to express his love of a thing (or a person or a place) through his art.

That's how mashups were born. "We just take something we like, and interpret it through a rice bowl."

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36 Hours in February: A Twin Cities Food and Drink Itinerary

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Manny's Steakhosue Facebook Page
Manny's starts serving breakfast at 6:30 a.m. for a civilized way to start the day.

Don't be so selfish. Your favorite restaurant just won't do. Maybe your friend doesn't even like Elvis burgers and eels on toast. Instead go wheels-up, seat-of-the-pants whirlwind for a day and a half with this itinerary.

We might be cocky about all we have to offer because Prince still lives here sometimes, we've got lakes plopped right in the middle of the city, biking to work is a breeze (well, kinda), and we're suddenly popping up in all the food magazines. But this is a Lilliputian window of time and opportunity, and you've got something to prove.

For all they know, this is just, you know, Minnesota. Flyover country and all that.

Don't plan on sleeping. Thirty-six hours is a day and a half. You can sleep when you're dead.

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10 Best Places to Take Out-of-Towners in the Winter


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You Want Real Wagyu Beef and Japanese Whiskey? Head to Wayzata

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Photo courtesy Sushi Fix
A slab of certified Wagyu beef sits proudly upon the fish case at Sushi Fix. Chef Billy Williams has the certification papers to go with it if you'd like to have a look.

What's happening at Sushi Fix these days?

"Oh, just shaking up a lot of cocktails. It's pretty crazy," says Billy Tserenbat, chef/owner/cocktail shaker of Wayzata's finest sushi bar.

And he means whiskey cocktails, since the restaurant possesses the state's biggest Japanese whiskey collection. To go with them, some certified Japanese Wagyu beef.

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Best Sushi Minneapolis 2013 - Sushi Fix


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Let This Travail Chef Cook Your Super Cool Super Bowl Spread

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Kate Sommers
Geoff Hausmann of Pork and Pickle wants your Super Bowl guests to worship you.

It's strangely impossible to think of Travail chef and all-around super nice guy Geoff Hausmann without also thinking of his Star Wars tattoos. Maybe its because they're a visual reminder that he's the sort of guy who, when he thinks of something cool, he just does it, and somehow it all turns out all right, like emblazoning his body with every Star Wars character.

Slowly but surely break away from the Travail brand with pop-ups and other mystery projects? Might be scary, might be cool, but he did it, and you know? Cool.

And now, he's here to crank up the cool on your otherwise ordinary Super Bowl party.

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Pork & Pickle, a Meaty Pop-Up, Takes Over Travail Next Monday


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Dorothy's Dinners at Spoon & Stable Are a Tip of the Toque to Gavin Kaysen's Grandma

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Courtesy of Spoon & Stable
An example of a Dorothy's Dinner

What chef isn't inspired at least in some part by the first loving tastes of childhood?

Chef Gavin Kaysen is no different, despite his status as the most illustrious name in food around this city right now.

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Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud to leave New York City for... Minneapolis?

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