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Nova Bar Burgers with SK 🍔

Pic posted February 28, 2024

Thanks, Splinter, for the quick getaway break


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Savory Chili WcDonald’s Sauce 🍟

Pic posted February 28, 2024

Tried the clown’s new, limited edition nuggie sauce – spicy Chinese takeout vibes 👍


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It’s cookies for dinner time again

Pic posted February 27, 2024

My usual “one sleeve at a time” addiction continues


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Porzana visit #2

Pic posted February 26, 2024

It appears all of the issues from Porzana visit #1 have been resolved. The place was packed and SK and I had a great time…


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Kelly’s Bar in Red Wing, Minnesota

Pic posted February 25, 2024

One of the better burgers I’ve had in a while 👍


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My 🐟 Burger Friday

Pic posted February 23, 2024

Stopped in the skyway location during pre-game errands


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Great start to a very long Friday 🥩 🍳

Pic posted February 23, 2024

It’s been a while since I had steak and eggs @ Minnehaha Cafe


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I am a creature of habit

Pic posted February 22, 2024

My regular breakfast order at the Minnehaha Cafe


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🫡 Dinkytown Food PSA 🚨

Posted February 22, 2024

Per Sharyn Jackson at the Star Tribune, Annie’s Parlour is back! Currently only open 4-8pm with malts, but burgers and fries are coming back (along with expanded hours)…


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I’ll take a club sandwich and a…

Pic posted February 22, 2024

Another great dinner @ Minnehaha Cafe


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Khâluna with John and Cathy

Pic posted February 20, 2024

Great evening in south Minneapolis 💜


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Saturday night on Randolph 🍕

Pic posted February 17, 2024

Actually had to wait for a table tonight


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It’s been a minute, Perkins Melt

Pic posted February 16, 2024

Chicken strip melt (sub cheddar) @ the Golden Valley location. First eligible senior menu visit 😔


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Jon Cheng Restaurant Reviews

Posted February 15, 2024

I originally was critical (no pun intended) of the new Star Tribune food critic, Jon Cheng. Then he went on Niver’s podcast (above) and wrote a lot more (both formal reviews and other things like Q and A columns and first looks) and now I’m a fan. Since the Strib’s online search and staff bio pages are not the greatest, I decided to go find all of his reviews and put them in one spot. Here are all the ones I’ve found, sorted by rating and date published:

Three and a Half Stars *** ½

Three Stars ***

Two and a Half Stars ** ½

Two Stars**

One Star *

Notes:

  • His star scale has always been listed as 1 star = satisfactory, 2 stars = recommended, 3 stars = highly recommended and 4 stars = exceptional. Some reviews list the stars, then have words, others just the stars.
  • No four star reviews (so far). His story about why Minnesota should have a Michelin Guide is a must read, though (as are all the full reviews now).
  • Jealous that he’s been to Demi ten times over the past two years, while I have not yet gone once.
  • Seems weird that Cheng is hardly ever a part of the weekly “5 Best Things” stories, no?
  • Favorite shared trait: we both love large clown fries, hot and fresh with no ketchup. 🍟

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Rib Fest 2024: save the date(s)

Pic posted February 14, 2024

Might not be new info, but can’t wait!


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Elevated the Super Bowl food game 🏈

Pic posted February 11, 2024

Thanks, Chef SK (and CK and MK for the other great stuff)


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Work treats for the trolls

Pic posted February 11, 2024

Everybody still loves the cotton candy


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The fortune cookie is right

Pic posted February 9, 2024

Also happy to find Earl’s at the local gas station


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Taco Thursday in Woodbury 🌮

Pic posted February 8, 2024

Also, Chilito Thursday (but come on, Zantigo, bring back the ‘Tigo fries already)


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Double Smash @ Nova Bar ✅

Pic posted February 7, 2024

It was really great to finally have an open Wednesday to hit up this recommendation from SK. Private Sector Provisions was awesome – nice to meet Brett Splinter and Josh Clark. The root beer old fashioned was great and they even made my burger with no onions…


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This make your own food thing is OK

Pic posted February 7, 2024

First the early grilling at home, now my own office deli


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90 Years of Old Dutch

Pic posted February 6, 2024

Love the throw-back design


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Early grill season in Minnesota

Pic posted February 6, 2024

It was 55F and sunny – just had to throw this on the Weber


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Soup of the Day 💯

Pic posted February 5, 2024

The chicken wild rice soup today at Brother’s Deli was top three for me – hope it is a semi-regular thing on their menu


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The Stacker and the Spam

Pic posted February 4, 2024

We tried a couple new things last night – so good


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