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

Rick Nelson is a restaurant critic and food writer. He also blogs with Lee Svitak Dean in a food blog, Table Talk.


Funnel cake beer, 26 more new beverages coming to State Fair

Get ready to drink your way through a big new batch of novelty beers at the fair.


High praise for pasta (and a gem lettuce salad) at Bungalow Club in Mpls.

At the Bungalow Club, chef Andrew Kraft demonstrates a clear affinity for tortellini, spaghetti and gem lettuce.


Nicollet Mall deserved better than its underwhelming $50M remake

The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?


With Voices of Hope, one choir director makes music behind bars

On Sunday afternoons for the past three years, Amanda Weber has conducted 90-minute rehearsals at the state's women's prison in Shakopee.


5 Twin Cities restaurants you should try right now

From a new ramen shop in north Minneapolis to a brunch favorite in Wayzata, the restaurant scene is as busy as ever.


5 restaurant, bar openings hitting the Twin Cities

These new dining options are offering first-rate bagels, doughnuts, ice cream and more.


Must-try flavors at 9 Twin Cities ice cream shops

It's hot out there. Time to cool down at an ice cream shop with one of critic Rick Nelson's fave scoops.


An exploding restaurant scene drives the hungry to Duluth

Meet the talented veterans and gifted newcomers who are investing in the food and drink scene in the city by the lake.


Travail pushes envelope again with ambitious new building, fine dining theatrics

At a time when fine dining is in retreat, the chefs at Travail Kitchen & Amusements are embracing a more refined (and expensive) experience.


Minnesota State Fair reveals 27 new foods, including tuna poke and Norwegian waffles

A handful of newcomers join those serving up the State Fair fare, including a coffee vendor and two Midtown Global Market tenants.