Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

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The enchilada burrito from South Minneapolis's Las Teresitas
We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, but they've also named it one of the best Mexican restaurants in the United States.

Las Teresitas appears alongside such notable restaurants as celebrity chef Rick Bayless's Topolobampo in Chicago, Jose Andreas's Oyamel in Washington D.C., and Alex Stupak's Empellon Cocina in New York City. There are of course other small hole-in-the-wall taco joints on the list, but those are some pretty big names for a small strip mall restaurant to rub elbows with.

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Twin Cities spots make Urbanspoon's list of fine dining favorites

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Manny's Steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis
Another day, another national ranking for the Twin Cities food scene. This time, restaurant app Urbanspoon has released its list of the most popular fine dining establishments in the country, and several Twin Cities favorites -- the Oceanaire Seafood Room, Manny's Steakhouse, and Meritage -- made the cut.

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Travel Channel names 5-8 Club the number-one place to chow down in the U.S.
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Local chefs celebrate their James Beard Award nominations

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Amy Thielen, recipient of two James Beard Award nominations

On Tuesday the news broke that several local chefs were nominated for James Beard Awards. We reached out to everyone to see what exactly one does to toast this honorable recognition. The most common answer? Working. Typical. Here's what they had to say.

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Twin Cities chefs among the James Beard Award finalists

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The Oscars of the food world have selected their finalists
They are the biggest awards for the food business. The James Beard Award finalists were announced this morning and we were thrilled to see some of our local food leaders and friends make the list.

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Travel Channel names 5-8 Club the number-one place to chow down in the U.S.

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South Minneapolis's 5-8 Club named number one on Travel Channel's Chowdown Countdown
It appears as though Minneapolis's legendary cheese-stuffed burger is making mouths water on the national stage yet again. The Travel Channel has named the 5-8 Club number one on its newest list of places to chow down in the United States. 

On a show called Chowdown Countdown, now in its second season, the Travel Channel breaks down its list of the best 101 places to eat across the country -- and they've bestowed top honors to the 5-8 Club. Other eateries in the top 10 include Tony Luke's in Philadelphia, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, and Pink's in Los Angeles. 

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Romancing the Twin Cities: Our picks for a perfect date night

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A look into the dining room of one of the Twin Cities' most romantic restaurants, Vincent.
Earlier this year, in a poll done by USA Today, St. Paul was named the most romantic city in America. Now, USA Today has extended that accolade a bit by including St. Paul's sister on the other side of the river, Minneapolis, in a recent round-up of weekend trips for romance. 

The article pours out its top Twin Cities picks for romantic excursions, and they've definitely picked some doozies, but we have a few more we'd like to add.

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Best Restaurant for Romance 2013 - The Kenwood
Best Restaurant for a First Date 2013 - Kings Wine Bar

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Dinner on the Farm teams up with Brooklyn Brewery and heads to Europe

Dinner on the Farm teams up with Brooklyn Brewery to take the show on the road.
There are few things we love more than a small local business making the big leagues, and this week, we caught wind that the local dining event, Dinner on the Farm, will be expanding in a big way. They've teamed up with New York's premier craft brewer, Brooklyn Brewery, to take their event on the road and even across the Atlantic.

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Thrillist names Natedogs one of the 21 best food trucks in America

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Natedogs makes Thrillist's list of the 21 best food trucks in America
Hot dog carts were making street-eating cool long before the food truck craze, and Natedogs, with its locally sourced meats and house-made condiments, takes that cool to another level. It's no surprise then that Thrillist has put this Twin Cities hot dog hawker on its list of the 21 best food trucks in America.

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Icehouse, Izzy's, and Surly nominated for Munchies awards

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Who's got the Munchies? Icehouse, Izzy's, and Surly nominated for people's choice awards

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Andrew Zimmern leads this year's Munchies
Who's got the munchies? 2014 marks the third anniversary of's the Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards. This national awards event is headed up by none other than local celebrity chef, Andrew Zimmern, and this year three Twin Cities businesses have made it to the final round. Now it's time for internet users to weigh in by placing their votes.

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St. Petersburg Restaurant named one of USA Today's 10 best vodka bars

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A peek into St. Petersburg Restaurant & Vodka Bar
Robbinsdale is quickly gaining a lot of national attention and this time it has nothing to do with the Travailian revolution that's been going on over there. This week, USA Today named St. Petersburg Restaurant & Vodka Bar to its list of the 10 best vodka bars in the country

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