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.

Lat14 Asian Eatery, in former Golden Valley Perkins, heats up suburban culinary options

Restaurant is devoted to exploring a huge range of flavors found near the 14th parallel in Southeast Asia.

Military folks: Take advantage of these 5 Veterans Day dining deals

On Monday, active duty personnel and veterans can enjoy dining deals all over town. (Most restaurants require military identification.) Crooked Pint Ale House Any single…

As 4-star Restaurant Alma turns 20, its chef/owner looks back and ahead

On the occasion of a significant anniversary for Minnesota's longest-running four-star restaurant, chef/owner Alex Roberts looks back, and ahead.

A steakhouse in Minneapolis, hiding in plain sight

P.S. Steak, residing at what is probably the Twin Cities' most famous culinary address, both avoids and embraces beef palace norms.

Restaurant roll call: New North Loop golf bar; Libertine and Funky Grits close

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

'King of Lowcountry cooking' shares tips on cuisine with a Southern accent

With his second cookbook, chef Sean Brock continues to demonstrate the delicious diversity of Southern cooking.

The legendary restaurant potato-salad recipe still cooking after 37 years

Never mind that Charlie's Cafe has been closed for 37 years. This recipe has a reputation, and it's nothing but good.

Make a day trip with leaf watching and dining at these 3 spots

These delightful getaways combine two of fall's great pleasures: autumn color and delicious food.

Minneapolis baker has used same sourdough starter since 1970

Here's how a Minneapolis home baker has been fueling her breads for 49 years.

The potato salad recipe that had the Twin Cities talking a while back

Famed Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale took great pains to get its important recipe right.