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.


Restaurant roll call: Two North Loop spots reopen, Red's Savoy returns to St. Paul

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.


Try 3 upscale Twin Cities spots at bargain prices at these happy hours

Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions.


Now closed: Sweet Chow in the North Loop shutters

The 18-month-old Asian-inspired restaurant has called it quits.


4 suburban Twin Cities patios to visit before summer ends

Campiello Ignore the view, which is basically a parking lot. Instead, concentrate on the great-looking Italian food coming out of this D’Amico kitchen, especially the…


Two top Minnesota chefs share tips on how to make the perfect BLT

Fortunately for all of us, 2019 is shaping up to be a banner year for many Minnesota tomato growers.


13 must-try Minnesota State Fair delicacies

Set aside the Pronto Pups and mini doughnuts. Here are 13 lesser-known treats recommended by critic Rick Nelson.


53 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair, ranked from best to worst

The Minnesota State Fair's 2019 new foods roster includes the perennial mix of attention-seekers, potential gut bombs and trend-observant hopefuls.


Get a taste of summer dining on these 4 charming Twin Cities patios

There are still plenty of nice days left to enjoy outdoor dining. Here are four favorites.


3 things our restaurant critic can't wait to eat at the Minnesota State Fair

Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions. Send your queries to rick.nelson@startribune.com.


6 Twin Cities chefs reveal their Minnesota State Fair food favorites

Sweet corn, mini-doughnuts, Pronto Pups and more: Here's what people who cook for a living enjoy eating at the fair.