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.


Get fresh in the freezer with these 9 food items at Twin Cities markets

In February, the supermarket's frozen foods section is the place to be.


After rocky start, vegan restaurant Fig + Farro hits stride in Uptown

Review: A year after opening, the Calhoun Square restaurant seems to have found its new footing.


Quang in Minneapolis undergoes major update

When Quang, the acclaimed pho-and-more restaurant, opened with just four tables on Minneapolis' Nicollet Avenue 30 years ago, there wasn't such a thing as "Eat…


How to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate

Want to know how to make a perfect cup of hot chocolate? Follow the advice of a professional.


Ask the critic: Great bagels, new brunches, Valentine's ideas in Twin Cities

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions.


Fhima's shows promise in classic downtown Mpls. Art Deco restaurant space

Drawing on lessons from the failed attempts of others, chef David Fhima takes on the troubled but glorious Forum Cafeteria.


Four new restaurants are tasty additions to the Twin Cities suburbs

With pizzas, pastas, short ribs, oysters and much more, chefs showcase dynamic dining.


Restaurant of the Year: St. Paul's In Bloom masters lost art of cooking with fire

An old way of cooking — at the hearth — is made anew at the hot new restaurant inside Keg and Case food hall.


What food and drink trends are expected in 2019? You may be surprised

Oat milk. Azerbaijan cuisine. Watercress. Food and drink forecasters predict what will be occupying the nation's appetites in 2019.


What were the 10 best dishes at Twin Cities restaurants in 2018?

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson's look back at 2018, one delicious dish at a time.