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.

Summer is coming: 4 great Twin Cities patios to try right now

Patio season has finally arrived (we hope). Here are four Twin Cities spots perfect for a nice day.

4 dessert bars tailor-made for summer fun

Bars are often easier to prepare than cookies, and they're just as delicious.

Here's why you should spend $200 for dinner at Demi in North Loop of Minneapolis

At 20-seat tasting-menu spot Demi in the North Loop, chef Gavin Kaysen sets new standards for Twin Cities dining.

Ex-KSTP anchor turned tour guide offers 111 places to visit in New York City

Minnesota native writes guide to city's vast array of museums.

Young Joni's Ann Kim on James Beard win: 'It's an honor, and I want to represent'

"We're not flyover country," she said. "I think people are recognizing that more and more. It's an exciting time to be cooking in this city."

Ann Kim of Young Joni brings home James Beard chef award

Ten years ago, Ann Kim of Minneapolis was an actor. On Monday night, she stepped onto the stage of the Civic Opera House to accept the country's highest honor for culinary achievement for her work as chef/co-owner of Young Joni restaurant in northeast Minneapolis.

Couple's Midtown Global restaurants bring taste of Morocco to Minneapolis

Hassan Ziadi and Samlali Raja are delivering the flavors of North Africa to Minneapolis.

Remembering architect James Dayton, creator of iconic Twin Cities buildings

Through his eye-grabbing work, architect James Dayton made the Twin Cities a better, more beautiful place.

3 rejuvenated new restaurants to try across the Twin Cities

Pulled pork, boozy malts and Italian food in a stylish setting: Add these newcomers to your dining to-do list.

14 Twin Cities restaurants where fish fry is on the menu

The season is in full swing, although for some restaurants, the ritual is a year-round occasion, and it's not always reserved for Friday.