A table with a view of the Mississippi River aboard the Padelford riverboats, No. 3 on the river rats dining guide.
The Hot Dish is happy to go with the flow. We bring you the top five places to eat and drink in the Twin Cities while gazing at the mighty Mississippi River.
Vending machines have really evolved. No longer are you limited to simply buying gumballs, candy, and soda. But the selection of foods you can buy from a machine has gotten a bit extreme. Here are 10 examples of the weirdest vending machine offerings, both local and international.
Vending machine raw meat, coming right up.
10. Raw meat.
Why buy it from a grocery store if you can get it from a vending machine?
A Birmingham, Alabama, company has a "Smart Butcher" vending machine that includes steaks, pork chops, pork tenderloin, sausages, and other meats ... all on sale for under $6 a cut.More »
|Walleye, Surly, Honeycrisp ... and we're just getting started|
The Twin Cities' recent domination of the James Beard Awards for Best Midwest Chef is only one sign that our state is now a fixture on America's food map. The explosive growth of Minnesota dining culture can be seen in the burgeoning farm-to-table ethic and growth of farmers markets; in Lenny Russo's grand, experimental food campus at Heartland; in the artisan meats of Green Ox; and in the designer cocktails at Bradstreet Craftshouse, La Belle Vie, and others. Esquire magazine even singled out Al's Breakfast as serving the "Best Pancakes in America."
Minnesota has long been a food-conscious state, from our Mill City beginnings to Betty Crocker to our invention of the Honeycrisp apple, but nothing has rivaled today's diverse restaurant and food scene. Eating in Minnesota has become a spectacular adventure of tastes and experiences.
Here is our list of the 50 best reasons to eat in Minnesota:
Happy Labor Day weekend! Some may call this the unofficial end of summer, but let's not be hasty. We still have a few weeks of warm weather left, and you can even relive the best of summer by catching up on our most popular Hot Dish posts, including guides to the State Fair, a look at Minnesota's new high-tech Coke machine, and lists of the Twin Cities' best small cafe and America's cheesiest breastaurants.
Here are the Hot Dish's top 10 most-read posts of the summer:
It's hard to imagine that food hasn't been invented or combined in every possible combination by now, but humans are still managing to create unique new variations on things to eat or new ways to employ food. But for every delicious new idea that comes down the pike, you can probably find some piece of crap product like these Top 10.
The KFC Double Down: And they get worse. Much worse.
The Hot Dish has racked up a lot of readers this past year, folks who were curious to find out about what might posses a man to eat only Chipotle burritos for a week straight or what not to eat on a first date.
This year's most-read posts. Drumroll, please...
From jinxed restaurant locations to Randy Moss's hijinks, check out our 10 most popular posts of 2010:More »
When The Atlantic published its list of the Top 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010, the Hot Dish couldn't help but chime in with our local take on each topic:
Bacon--pictured here, chicken fried--is as big as ever this year!
10. The Meat Trend
From charcuterie plates to dry-aged steaks, both beef and pork, carnivores continue to have their year in the sun. But the bacon trend seems to have found its limit with bacon soda.