10 Restaurants That Bit the Dust in 2014

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Social House
We guess a bacon cheeseburger eggroll isn't enough to bank on.

Some we will miss and to others we flip a collective bird. But to all we say: Good on you for giving it a go. Out with the old, in with the new, and here's to an even more delicious 2015.


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Top 10: Restaurant Closings of the Decade

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The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2014

Categories: The Lists, Top 10

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It was a banner year for new restaurants in the Twin Cities. Kickstarters were launched (and fulfilled); food trucks ditched the wheels and put down roots; hometown-boys-made-good returned; and a local bad boy asked for a second chance.

We had several places reopen as revamped, reimagined versions of their former selves, and a few of those have made our list. But there were also totally fresh concepts, a bit of new flavor infused into our rapidly expanding dining scene here in the Twin Cities. Read on for our favorite additions to the restaurant roster and check them off your list as you sup, brunch, sip, and lunch at the best new spots of 2014.

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Our Favorite Cocktail Trends of 2014 and What to Expect in 2015


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10 Twin Cities Apple Dishes and Drinks to Try Right Now

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Stacy Spensley

Good food is all about the present. Spend all your time geeking out about the MN55, the lovechild of a Honeycrisp and a MonArk and the next big thing coming from the poindexters at the University of Minnesota apple research lab, and you'll miss the seasonal flavors sweetening up menus across the Twin Cities right this very minute.

We've got a list of 10 nibbles and tipples to get you started on this quest for that teacher's-favorite, doctor's-worst-nightmare, doesn't-fall-far-from-the-tree kind of autumnal fruit that makes Minnesotans go wild.

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Dessert Wines to Try and Where to Buy in the Twin Cities

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The 5 Best Fall Soups in the Twin Cities

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Junita Bognanni
Borough's parsnip soup

The true soup lover longs for fall. After a summer of haphazard cooking, meals thrown together from fresh farmers market fare, we start to crave more complex flavors. The cooler temperatures inspire us to return to the kitchen. We're ready to linger over a simmering pot. Is it the changing leaves? The cable-knit sweaters? The preponderance of pumpkin? We don't know, but as far as we're concerned it is officially soup season by mid-September.

Luckily for us soup-lovers (and non-cooks), Minneapolis/St. Paul restaurants are just as enamored with the autumn harvest. Here are some of our favorite fall flavors.

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Where to Pick Apples, Pluck Pumpkins, and Get Gourds This Fall

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10 best dinner parties in the Twin Cities

Categories: The Lists, Top 10

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Twin Cities Pop-Up Dinners

Although it may seem as if the entire country is spending its free time making artisan jam and looking for ways to incorporate bacon into every recipe, there are still those of us who'd rather leave the cooking to someone else -- especially when it comes to a dinner party. Even if you're overcome by a feeling of dread at the thought of making skirt steak for eight, you can still be the host with the most if you get inventive with your dinner party ideas. So put down the fondue pot and explore 10 options in the Twin Cities that will have you doing what you do best: enjoying food and drink with friends (or strangers!) without all the fuss.

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Farm-to-fork Locavore Eatery coming soon to south Minneapolis

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The 10 best milkshakes in the Twin Cities

Categories: The Lists

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Sean McPherson
The Hot Fudge Banana Malt from the Convention Grill (not pictured, boys and the yard)

It's perfect milkshake weather: too hot for most of the heavier classic desserts (sorry chocolate lava cake), but not so hot that you just ask for a refill of water at the end of a meal. Shakes and their close relatives, malts, are best consumed with a classic diner burger or taken to-go for a quick sweets fix. Nowadays, you can even gussy up a milkshake at one of the many spots around town that serves a boozy, adult malt. We recommend you try a couple of these excellent shakes before the mercury drops below the milkshake mark.

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The Best Desserts 2012 Victory 44

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The 8 best granolas in the Twin Cities

Categories: The Lists

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Sean McPherson
The granola at Common Roots

After your third brunch date in as many Sundays, your body will be asking for a holiday from the Hollandaise. Now is the time to point yourself in the direction of a granola-friendly eatery. Not only will this give your pocketbook a bit of a rest, as granola is often on the more affordable side, it will leave you more productive and less likely to be couch-ridden than the bloody Mary/bacon/omelet trinity you've been studying since college.

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Grain Free Guten Free Granola Snacks


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The 6 best peanut butter burgers in the Twin Cities

Categories: The Lists

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All photos by Jonathan McJunkin
Where will the Blue Door's Jiffy Burger rank on the list?

The Twin Cities are a long-time incubator of innovative burgers. So it's no surprise that the home of the Jucy Lucy is well on board with an even less conventional trend: the peanut butter burger. To the uninitiated, the thought of slathering a burger with rich, creamy peanut butter is "weird" or a sign of the decadence of a declining empire. Those who have tried the topping know the truth: Peanut butter is just odd enough to be interesting, and the burgers taste damn good. Here are our six favorite spots in the cities that have their own take on this nutty formula.

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Our 5 favorite flavors from last night's Sweet Science ice cream tasting


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The 25 Best Forgotten 1990s Food Commercials

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In honor of the Totally Sweet '90s Book Launch Party at Magers & Quinn, we compiled a whole slew of our favorite (and sadly, discontinued) foods available during the 1990s... and their respective commercial gems.

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Top 5 places to eat on the Mississippi: A dining guide for river rats

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A table with a view of the Mississippi River aboard the Padelford riverboats, No. 3 on the river rats dining guide.








Believe it or not, Twin Cities, spring is coming! And as it does, an increasing number of our citizens find themselves drawn to the riverfront to watch the progress. They want to see if the geese are back, if the ice is melting, and just how loud the falls are roaring. The only thing that makes springtime river-watching more enjoyable is to do it while eating something delicious and/or drinking an ice cold beer.

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.


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