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.


Why pizza farms are a summer sensation – and 5 you must try near Twin Cities

No, slices of pepperoni are not being cultivated in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin. Instead, farmers are building showy pizza ovens, making dough and hanging a "welcome" sign.


Saying goodbye: 6 months of Twin Cities restaurant closings

Meanwhile, on the closings front, it has been a tough six months. Just shy of their 70th birthdays, the Oak Grill and Skyroom restaurants…


Road trip: 24 food-and-drink spots along the Mississippi in Wisconsin

From rooftops to ice cream shops, pie bakers to beer makers, here are two dozen ideas for eating and drinking in southwestern Wisconsin.


Three top restaurants for the hungry on Wisconsin's western edge

Ready for a road trip? From Chef Shack Bay City to Lovechild and the Driftless Cafe, there's good food for travelers in our neighboring state.


With St. Paul's restaurant boom, there's no way you will go hungry

With an unprecedented number of dining venues openings over the past six months, here are 13 to try.


Dine outside! 11 new Twin Cities patios to enjoy a summertime meal

From rooftops to decks, there are plenty of new outdoor spaces to grab a bite to eat in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.


Minnesota State Fair reveals 31 new foods including pizza burritos, cookie dough

Deep-fried avocados and sweet corn-blueberry eclairs also are among the many new delights that will make their debut when the Great Minnesota Get-Together opens Aug. 24.


St. Paul's Pajarito takes a fresh approach to Mexican food

REVIEW: A pair of Uptown chefs have fired up a wood-burning grill to create a St. Paul hot spot.


Surly to close Brewer's Table; chef Jorge Guzman is leaving

The critically acclaimed venture, a trendsetter in food-and-beer pairings, is another stark measure of fine dining's decline in the Twin Cities.


Immense globe that put Star Tribune lobby on the map is back

Out of sight for more than three decades, a fascinating and beloved Cold War-era relic is being returned to the public eye by the Star Tribune.