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.


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.


Hidden restaurant on St. Croix River offers good food, great views at a low price

A riverside destination with a peculiar name is the secret eating spot of summer.


Restaurant pros mentor St. Paul students: 'I learned how to debone a chicken'

Teens in the Stage program were immersed in the culinary arts, guided by chefs, bakers, managers and other industry professionals who volunteered their time.


New tenants announced for food hall at old Schmidt Brewery site in St. Paul

Nearly 20 tenants were named, including a restaurant by the owners of Revival, plus Pimento Jamaican Kitchen and modern-day cotton candy.


Meet the Twin Cities man who's helping drive the food truck craze

Pioneering food truck builder Mark Palm is one of the most influential players in the Twin Cities street-food scene.


3 restaurant closings and 1 new opening

Be’wiched Deli, the first-rate sandwich destination, with locations in the North Loop and Plymouth, quietly closed last week. “It was a good run,” said…


33 of the best places to dine outdoors in Minnesota

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson names 33 of the best places to dine "out" — literally.


From Roseville to Richfield, 6 noteworthy new restaurants

The new spots offer pasta, poke and more.


Andrew Zimmern to start up Chinese restaurant in Twin Cities

Andrew Zimmern is getting back into the restaurant business. Not that he’s ever far from it. The Twin Cities-based star of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre…