Sushi and more at Intown Sushi in the Midtown Global Market

My friend Abbas, chef at the Atlas Grille, loves sushi, so when he insisted that I join him for a bite at the new Intown Sushi in the Midtown Global Market, I didn't hesitate. The selection of nigiri and maki rolls at Intown Sushi is pretty basic, but the fish is very fresh, the sushi very well prepared, and the menu offers some items that you can't find at most little sushi … [Read more...]

Hai Hai makes Vietnamese Cuisine Exciting Again

Hai Hai, the new Vietnamese restaurant at 22nd and University Ave. N.E.,  makes Vietnamese cuisine exciting again - which is quite an accomplishment. The place has been jam-packed with millennials ever since it opened a few weeks ago. Owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Stefan Grudem have followed the same formula that has made their Hola Arepa such a popular eatery - fresh … [Read more...]

Sole Cafe on Snelling Avenue isn’t hip, it’s hot | City Pages

Korean cuisine is having its day, with trendy restaurants everywhere piling hot dogs with kimchi and selling riffs on bibimbap and calling them “rice bowls.”But Kimberly Firnstahl is from Korea. She doesn’t suffer fools, and she’ll gleefully laugh at your suffering through her fiery dishes. She’s also the unofficial mom to the 15,000 or so Korean adoptees who live in the state, … [Read more...]

Ghebre’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant now open right across the street from Fasika | City Pages

There will be beef platters and chicken and spinach platters, the latter being a family speciality; lamb tibs and beef tibs; and hot and spicy chicken stew with a hard boiled egg. There will be vegetable combos and potatoes both spicy and non-spicy, and lots and lots of other things. Source: Ghebre's Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant now open right across the street from Fasika … [Read more...]

The Himalayan goes fast casual in Dinkytown | City Pages

For a quick, cheap, delicious lunch, it's tough to beat a good old-fashioned Indian or Tibetan buffet. Simmering saags, curries, and masalas are all but made for the buffet table. At the best places, abundant all-you-can eat dishes are available by the dozen for little more than 10 bucks. The Himalayan has long been one of those places. Now they've added a new way to lunch: the … [Read more...]

Now Open in Northeast: Costa Blanca Bistro

Fans of Hector Ruiz will be happy to learn that the entrepreneurial Paris-trained chef has just opened a fifth restaurant, Costa Blanca Bistro, in the former Pico de Gallo location at 2416 Central Ave. NE. The new restaurant and bar joins the burgeoning Ruiz restaurant empire, which also includes Cafe Ena, Rincon 38, La Fresca and La Ceiba. Like all of his restaurants, Costa … [Read more...]

Sundays at the Grand Cafe with Cornbread Harris and Sicilian Pizza

If you haven't been to the Grand Cafe yet for their Sunday suppers, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Piano legend Cornbread Harris, is still going strong at 89. Backed by sax and standup bass, they plays a repertoire of jazz classics. No cover. And chef Andrew Kraft supplements the small plate menu of shareable dishes with a rotating selection of Sicilian-style … [Read more...]

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