The 5 Best Fall Soups in the Twin Cities

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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5 Most Over-the-Top Desserts in the Twin Cities

Benjamin Carter Grimes
A spread of decadent desserts at Chez Arnaud
In the past few years, the trend in desserts and patisserie has been all about going small.

Terzo has a plate of miniature Italian cookies and espresso. Travail does an impressive sampler of its best little bites. Burch offers tiny treats for just 25 cents. When diners said they wanted "a little something sweet" at the end of their meal, restaurants really listened. But there are always a few rebels to buck the trend, producing massive, for-the-table desserts that keep us all sugar shocked. They delight in their own decadence and take pride in their astronomic calorie counts.

Here are our top five over-the-top Twin Cities desserts. Share them or don't, but just know that it's medically advisable to split them with the rest of the table.

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Best Twin Cities Valentine's Day desserts

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5 New(ish) Brunches to Change Your Weekend Routine

Categories: Eat This, Top 5

Hannah Sayle
Color us charmed: Bite-sized croissants and a tiny cup of jam at Heyday.

If you're a diehard bruncher, you've likely got your regular haunts: Psycho Suzi's for its bloody Mary bar and expansive, almost guaranteed-no-wait dining room; Haute Dish for inspired twists on brunch classics; Grand Cafe for an award-winning, hangover-buster with panache. But what are you, married to one ball-and-chain brunch routine weekend after weekend? Could you, starting now, bust out of your mealtime monogamy and flirt with something new? "Yes!" you cry aloud. "You're damn right!" you affirm, slamming your fist on the table, frightening all the sheeple around you at the coffee shop.

Okay then, free spirit. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your brunching life.

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30 best breakfasts in the Twin Cities

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5 Best Places to Catch a Pre- or Post-game Meal Near TCF Stadium

Categories: Food, Top 5

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Andrew Constans
If you're looking to catch a bite on campus before or after the big game, we suggest checking out these five places
The Vikings home opener is this weekend and a mass of Twin Citians will descend upon the campus stadium in droves. We're guessing that more than a few of you will be looking for some tasty eats before or after the game, so we've put together a few suggestions to ensure maximum home opener enjoyment.

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The 5 best fish and chicken houses in the Twin Cities

Categories: Top 5

Sean McPherson
A plate of to-go catfish and tilapia from the Hook

The pro always orders it to-go, but when at most fish and chicken spots in the Twin Cities, your meal is coming in a styrofoam-container-plastic-bag-combo no matter where you plan on eating it. The pro also orders the meal with a fruit punch, pushes for as much hot sauce, ketchup, and tartar sauce as the guy manning the counter will part with, and double checks to make sure everything looks right. You've got a lot to learn to be a fish and chicken house pro, but you'll want to start here: with our list of the five best fish and chicken houses in the Twin Cities.

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Top 5 Chicken and waffles in the Twin Cities

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The 5 best places to eat after the All-Star Game

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Hungry after the All-Star game? We've got you covered.
After months of anticipation, the day of the MLB's All Star Game has finally arrived. Whether you're lucky enough to have tickets, or you're just hanging out in downtown Minneapolis to enjoy the spectacle, odds are that at some point you're going to need some food. While some 30-odd bars have been given permission to stay open late (until 4 a.m.) to accommodate a host of celebratory out-of-towners, there are a lot of other good dining options to consider.

See also: The 10 best breakfasts in Minneapolis

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

Categories: News, Top 5

General Mills
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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The 5 most grotesque eating challenges to boost your patriotic spirit

Categories: Top 5

In just a few short hours, everyone and their mom will be sporting their finest Old Navy American flag t-shirt and taking pictures of fireworks that they will never look at again. Independence Day has arrived.

While everyone has his or her own way of celebrating the Fourth of July, the one thing that everyone can agree on is the fact that there is nothing more patriotic than competitive eating.

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

Categories: Top 5

Emily Eveland
Hungry customers are eager to sample each of Sweet Science's 15 flavors.

Verdant Tea isn't known as an ice cream shop, but they've been hawking Minneapolis's best ice cream, Sweet Science, for the better part of a year. Though customers can stop in any day of the week to pick up a pint of Ashlee Olds' delectable, creamy treats, Sweet Science holds a free tasting event once a month, where their entire lineup is available to sample.

Sweet Science rotates 15 to 20 flavors at a time, mixing a handful of mainstays with seasonal favorites. Their pairings are unexpected, and frequently combine sweet and savory components that result in a more refined treat than guilty indulgence. We headed to a tasting at Verdant Tea on a warm Thursday evening and found five flavors that stood head and shoulders above the rest (though you can't go wrong with even their most basic vanilla).

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Best Ice Cream Minneapolis 2014 - Sweet Science Ice Cream at Verdant Tea

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The 5 best brunches with activities in the Twin Cities

Categories: Top 5
Basheer Tome
Brunch, once the bastard child of breakfast and lunch, is officially a meal in its own right. In fact, it's more than a meal; it's an event. So what does this minx-y blend of eggs Benedict and waffle fries have to offer us besides booze and an opportunity to rehash last night's mistakes? What else can we get to go along with our walk-of-shame meal?

Activities. Here are our favorite brunch time distractions, those little diversions that break up our near pathological checking of Facebook-Twitter-Instagram, all while filling us up with tasty eats and frosty drinks.

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Top 10 bloody Marys in the Twin Cities

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