Rick Nelson | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 

Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.


Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.


4 terrific smoked meat spots to try in northeast Minneapolis

Let's take a look at the four smoked-meats-centric restaurants that recently popped up in northeast Minneapolis.


New seafood restaurant off Lake Minnetonka opening in July

The plan is to focus on what he calls the "lesser-known, but more delicious" sustainable gifts from the sea: abalone, cuttlefish, sea urchin and wolffish, along with seasonal, local ingredients.


Meet the honeyberry, a new berry popping up in Minnesota supermarkets

Minnesotans are getting to know the blueberry-like newcomer with Siberian roots.


12 great scoops of local ice cream in the Twin Cities

One of the tastiest developments in the Twin Cities food scene over the past decade is the proliferation of skilled ice cream makers.


Maida Heatter, baker extraordinaire, celebrated with chocolate

For several decades, cookbook author Maida Heatter got Americans baking — often, with chocolate.


A restaurant revolution has elevated the Twin Cities food scene

The evolution of the Twin Cities' dining landscape is nothing short of revolutionary. But it didn't happen overnight.


State Fair adds 31 new foods and 7 new vendors

Get ready for Cheesy Sriracha Funnel Cake Bites, Mini Donut Lattes and Peaches n' Cream Nachos. The Minnesota State Fair has announced its new foods for the 2019 fair, and the list includes the usual attention-seekers and potential gut bombs.


Streetscapes: Why moving the Southdale Library to Southdale mall is a good idea

A proposal to move the 46-year-old Southdale Library into Southdale shopping center makes synergistic sense.


Southdale Library was a trailblazer

With its stilts, white exterior walls and horizontal profile, the award-winning design was an homage to Le Corbusier's famous Villa Savoye.