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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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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Boca Chica celebrates 50 years with $1 tacos

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In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Boca Chica offers $1 tacos
It's not too common these days to see a restaurant reach the half-century mark, but clearly Boca Chica is not your average restaurant. Since opening its doors in 1964, this family owned and operated spot has been delighting diners on St. Paul's West Side with scratch-made Mexican cuisine. Today, Boca Chica is celebrating 50 years in business by offering $1 dine-in-only tacos to all its loyal customers.


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Red Cow hosts Oskar Blues Brewery and introduces new grass-fed burgers

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Edina's Red Cow launches a new weekly grass-fed beef burger and celebrates with Oskar Blues
At the beginning of the month, Oskar Blues Brewery announced it would be moving its brand of canned craft beer into the Twin Cities market. Now this Colorado-based brewery has taken over a tap at Edina's Red Cow, with a selection of 12 drafts, including a few highly exclusive beers that will only be available at Red Cow and only while supplies last. That's not all: To celebrate the brewery's arrival, the Red Cow has also introduced a weekly burger special to its gourmet burger offerings. Consider this an invitation to get your beer and burger fix.

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Salut Edina's new head chef brings fresh flavors to the table

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Salut Edina has a changing of the guard; Stephen Jones is named new head chef.
It appears as though there's been a bit of a shakeup over at Edina's premier French restaurant, Salut. Parasole, the company behind Salut (and several other Twin Cities eateries), has announced that longtime head chef Christopher Van Proosdy has opted for a career change and moved on to work with a local fish purveyor. Taking his role will be longtime sous chef Stephen Jones.

Jones has a career history rooted in French technique and pan-Asian-inspired cuisine. He was brought into the Parasole family in 2008 as the executive chef of Good Earth. The swap in staff was made early last week.

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Where to eat for Winter 2014 Restaurant Week

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Twin Cities restaurants are offering up sweet deals for the first Restaurant Week of 2014


It's back! This quarterly event dedicated to dining is back and badder than ever. This week marks the first Restaurant Week of 2014 and there are some great new restaurants to choose from and a lot of classics that might be worth a revisit (or two).

We've gone through and selected a few choice options, just in case you needed a little help, paying particular attention to restaurants that still have availability. We suggest you get on this now while the getting is still good. Restaurant week only runs until this Friday and after that you'll just have to wait until the next time it rolls around.

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Hello Pizza adds delivery service [MAP]

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New York slices now available as a full pie, delivered right to your door. 

Hello? Is it de-liv-er-eeeee you're looking for? 

That's the question that Lionel Richie, patron saint of Hello Pizza, and fans of Ann Kim's pies have been asking since she opened her fast casual New York-style, by-the-slice concept in Edina last spring. Kim's dough slingers focused first on getting their high output operation running smoothly, serving up slices and subs to hungry diners before piling on more duties. That is, until now.

Hello has officially added delivery services to their list of important, community-serving functions. So are you within their highlighted area? Or will you have to set up a fake address to get a meatball ricotta or adobo chicken pie without ever getting out of your sweatpants?

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Modern Cafe releases plans for expansion, including 'Sochi-style bathrooms'

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The Modern Cafe will be adding 620 square feet of additional space
It looks like northeast Minneapolis's pot roast emporium, Modern Cafe, has set its sights on bigger pastures. On the restaurant's Twitter feed yesterday, they posted an image of a floor plan detailing what looks to be the addition of 620 square feet of space.

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Tracy's Saloon & Eatery to reopen next month

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Tracy's Saloon & Eatery tentatively set to reopen on February 15

Earlier this winter, the Seward neighborhood's Tracy's Saloon & Eatery closed up shop for remodeling, and after some delays, they are finally getting ready to reopen their doors to the thirsty public. Look for the Seward saloon to reopen sometime within the next few weeks.

Tracy's encountered a few hiccups in the remodel process, which pushed back their original reopening date. According to Tracy's, when the contractors started the pre-remodel demolition, they discovered major roof and flooring issues that required more extensive work than they had originally anticipated. 

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The Office Pub & Grill coming to the North Loop

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The Office Pub & Grill looks to setup in Minneapolis' North Loop


Looks like the North Loop is about to get itself another craft beer bar. The Office Pub & Grill will slip right in between JD Hoyts and Deja Vu, just past the intersection of Washington and 3rd Avenue. 

The bar and restaurant is owned by Peter Hafiz and Jason Mohney who also own the Brass Rail and the Gay 90's. According to the Business Journal, Hafiz also has an ownership stake in both Sneaky Pete's and Smack Shack. 

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