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.


Take a closer look at remade Nicollet Mall in Mpls.

After $50 million and 28 disruptive months of construction, the barriers have finally come down on Nicollet Mall, marking its third remake in a half-century.


Make those last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving

Cosmos One of the region’s most beautiful dining venues is serving a three-course Thanksgiving a la carte dinner from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expect…


A new Indian cookbook, just in time for Thanksgiving

Use this just-released cookbook to incorporate lively Indian flavors and traditions into your holiday menu.


Three Twin Cities chefs offer favorite recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes

Chefs from three leading Twin Cities restaurants take a fresh Thanksgiving table approach to carrots, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts.


St. Paul's Bar Brigade is a neighborhood charmer with a French accent

Tiny, comfortable, affordable, likable and loud, Bar Brigade isn't aiming for game-changing.


New cookbook uncovers chef's roots: 'I am a New Englander'

Boston chef Matt Jennings has a new, gotta-have cookbook, and he's coming to the Twin Cities this week.


Muffuletta, a St. Paul dining favorite, to close after a 40-year run

The first restaurant opened by dining powerhouse Parasole will close on Nov. 11.


New York City Ballet brings iconic Jerome Robbins piece to Minneapolis

An atmospheric Jerome Robbins piece from 1970 is one of five works New York City Ballet Moves is bringing to Northrop auditorium.


510 Lounge gets remake worthy of fabled Minneapolis address

510 Lounge, formerly La Belle Vie, brings one of the Twin Cities' great dining beauties back to life, beautifully.


New Minneapolis library is stunning inside and out

North Minneapolis has a new library, nearly two decades in the making, and it's as beautiful as it is functional.