Unideli will now offer bicycle delivery service Thursday through Sunday

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Via United Noodles' Facebook page
It's Sunday night and you're alone in your dorm room, too hungry to do homework and too lazy to cook. In your food-deprived delirium, you're struck with a vision of the city's best ramen being delivered to your door by a gravelly voiced biker named SK.

You're not dreaming.

On Thursday, Unideli, United Noodles' in-store restaurant, will launch its new bicycle delivery service in Seward, Longfellow, and around the University of Minnesota.

"This is a really bike-friendly city, and not a lot of restaurants use bike delivery services, even though it's extremely popular and we have a lot of bike accessibility," Unideli's assistant manager Sophear Ek says. "I think this is really picking up and we just wanted to be part of the beginning of it."

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Cargill to phase out use of growth-promoting antibiotics in turkeys

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Cargill, one of the nation's leading turkey producers, has announced that it will phase out the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in its Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkeys by Thanksgiving. By the end of 2015, all of the company's birds should be free of antibiotics, with the exception of antibiotics used for illnesses and disease prevention.

The Minnetonka-based company is the country's first major turkey producer to eliminate the use of growth-promoting antibiotics.

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La Belle Vie taps Niki Francioli as executive pastry chef; Diane Yang heads to Merchant

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Photo courtesy of Sea Change
Pastry chef Niki Francioli will take over the pastry program at La Belle Vie

We've got some sweet news coming from Tim McKee's La Belle Vie camp this week. Late Friday we learned that longtime La Belle Vie pastry alum Diane Yang would be taking the lead pastry position at Gavin Kaysen's new Minneapolis restaurant, Merchant, and we've now learned that Niki Francioli will be taking up the reins left behind by Yang at La Belle Vie.

While she may be new to the La Belle Vie team, Francioli is no stranger to the McKee way of doing things. A large part of her reputation was earned as the lead pastry chef at Sea Change, but more recently she's been developing the pastry program for chef Russell Klein at Brasserie Zentral, which opened up shop downtown earlier this spring.

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Yes, Bar Louie's dress code is racist

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Photo by Louie Baur via Flickr
On Tuesday, City Pages published an article about Bar Louie's dress code policy. The sign outside the Uptown bar restricted entry to anyone wearing baggy pants, flat-brimmed hats, large chains worn outside the shirt, sleeveless shirts, athletic apparel, jerseys without collars, and long white t-shirts after 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. The comments were disturbing, to say the least.

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General Mills introduces 150 new products, hops on the gluten-free bandwagon

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Earlier this week, Minnesota-based General Mills announced a lineup of 150 new products of the gluten-free and protein-heavy variety.

With items like their LÄRABAR Renola -- the first grain-free granola in the national market -- and Chex gluten-free oatmeal, the company has officially jumped on the gluten-intolerant bandwagon. But is this just a soon-to-be-over fad? Are these niche products already passé?

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Is Bar Louie's new dress code racist?

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Photo by Louie Baur via Flickr
Bar Louie, a popular Uptown spot among bar-hopping 20-somethings, has enforced a strict dress code that some customers are calling overtly racist.

The dress code prohibits entry to those wearing flat-brim hats, sleeveless undershirts, excessively baggy clothing, large chains worn outside the shirt, athletic apparel, sports jerseys without collars, and long white t-shirts from 9 p.m. to close, Thursdays through Sundays.

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Gavin Kaysen's Merchant may be getting top chef backing

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Chef Gavin Kaysen may have some big time backers for his new North Loop restaurant

The rumor mill is abuzz with news of James Beard Rising Star and Bloomington native Gavin Kaysen and his homecoming restaurant, Merchant. On her blog, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl says she has it from "multiple good sources" that the money for Kaysen's new Twin Cities venture is coming in from some of the industry's crème de la crème, including Kaysen's former boss Daniel Boulud.

In addition to Boulud, Dara also lists Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Jérôme Bocuse, son of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, as possible, if not likely, investors. If this is true, some bigger name chefs might be testing the waters here in the Twin Cities.

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BREAKING: Obama just ate a Jucy Lucy; press secretary reports it was "delicious"

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Mark your calendars, Minnesota: June 26, 2014, is officially the day our commander-in-chief bit into the food of the gods we call the Jucy Lucy.

Spotted at Matt's Bar enjoying the Twin Cities' classic cheese-stuffed burger, President Barack Obama may have just escalated the cold war between Matt's and the 5-8 Club.

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Heyday, Lucia's, and Nico's Tacos make top 100 neighborhood gems list

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Alma Guzman
Heyday's bar area, complete with a nod to the Replacements
We love our neighborhood restaurants here in the Twin Cities, and apparently the rest of the country does too. OpenTable just released its 2014 list of the 100 best neighborhood gems in the United States, and three Twin Cities restaurants make the cut: Heyday, Lucia's Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Nico's Tacos.

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Vincent A Restaurant crafts specialty burgers for different stages of the Tour de France

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Courtesy of the Vincent A Restaurant Facebook page
Vincent's Basque Burger
One of the Twin Cities' favorite Frenchmen is about to prove his Gallic mettle with his own take on the Tour de France. Vincent Francoual, chef and owner of downtown Minneapolis's Vincent A Restaurant, has plans to launch a line of burgers in honor of the world's biggest cycling event.

The burgers are designed to coincide with six different stages of the tour and each specialty burger will only be available during its respective stage. The tour starts pedaling on July 5 and runs through July 26. 

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