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.


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.


With new chef, new owner, Lucia's in Uptown Minneapolis still impresses

REVIEW: New owner Jason Jenny and his group of investors clearly maintain a healthy respect for Lucia's illustrious prairie-to-plate past, and seem dedicated to preserving as much of the status quo as possible.


Summer Fun 2017: Twin Cities ice cream makers' favorite scoops

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson gets the inside story from a half-dozen local ice cream pros, and shares his own flavor favorites.


Red Rabbit draws a crowd in North Loop, for good reason

REVIEW: A skilled chef — and a terrific bar — are the secret weapons at casual, affordable Red Rabbit.


Cookbook author Amy Thielen remembers her 'hopeful' Minnesota homecoming

"The New Midwestern Table" author tells what happens when you "Give a Girl a Knife" in her new memoir.


Check out the road construction this weekend in Twin Cities

Travel carefully.


15 influential immigrant-run Twin Cities restaurants past and present

These 15 immigrant-run restaurants had — or continue to have — an impact on the Twin Cities dining scene.


'Thrilling, and unexpected': Minnesota chefs recall James Beard award wins

James Beard award-winning chefs share what it's like to win the food world's Oscar.


Ask the Critic: Which Twin Cities restaurants are worth 4-star reviews?

You recently gave Restaurant Alma and Cafe Alma a four-star review. What other Twin Cities restaurants merit such a rating?


Butchering 101: Lowry Hill Meats in Minneapolis really goes whole hog

At a monthly class, butcher Erik Sather provides an inside look at a rarely seen process.