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.


12 Super Bowl-inspired restaurant events that you can take advantage of

While it's true that many Super Bowl events are geared for out-of-towners, there are plenty of restaurant-driven occasions for visitors — and locals — to enjoy. Here's a list.


Doughnuts today, ramen tomorrow: Twin Cities restaurants change it up

From Monello to Mucci's, more local hot spots are experimenting with the restaurant within a restaurant trend.


Take a seat at the kitchen counter at these 3 Minneapolis restaurants

Corner Table Owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone made an inspired decision when they recruited Borough vet Karyn Tomlinson to run their kitchen. Tomlinson’s work…


What's on the menu for 2018? Check out these food trends

According to food trend forecasts, popped cassava chips, maple, shakshuka and activated charcoal are on the menu for 2018.


8 trends that rocked the Twin Cities restaurant scene in 2017

Brunch service was as hot as ever, while doughnut shops and vegan-friendly restaurants boomed.


Top 10 Twin Cities dishes of the year

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson looks back at 2017's most impressive fare, one dish at a time.


Let's eat: The most anticipated Twin Cities restaurants of 2018

It'll be another big year for restaurant openings, including a new spot by the owners of Revival.


Saying goodbye: More than 60 restaurants closed this year in the Twin Cities

The past 12 months could easily be branded the Year of the Closed Restaurant.


Trailblazer of the Year: Tim McKee remains one of Minnesota's most daring chefs

Minnesota’s first James Beard award-winning chef had a headline-grabbing year. In the span of 12 months, he left his role as vice president of culinary…


Titan of the Year: Kim Bartmann expanded her empire to almost a dozen restaurants

You think you had a busy year? Try being Kim Bartmann. The influential and innovative restaurateur remade her Third Bird — first into