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Jon Cheng is the Star Tribune's restaurant critic. In past journalistic lives, Jon wrote restaurant reviews and columns for publications in New York, London and Singapore. He is fanatical about bread.

Review: Bûcheron is a landmark restaurant disguised as your friendly neighborhood bistro

Review: Find precise cooking, nuanced gastronomy and nearly a four-star experience at Bucheron in Minneapolis.

4 hidden restaurant gems you need to know about

Our restaurant critic shares the Twin Cities eateries he can't stop thinking about.

Restaurant review: Kim's is bold, flavorful and personal

The Sooki & Mimi reboot finally gives Ann Kim's Korean American heritage its due.

Yes, Minnesota should have a Michelin Guide, and these 4 restaurants would likely get stars

Restaurant critic Jon Cheng has dined at hundreds of Michelin-starred eateries in dozens of cities around the world. Now, he's weighing in on our local dining scene.

Our restaurant critic answers your questions

Jon Cheng sifted through dozens of reader questions, from how many times he visits a restaurant to solo dining and his surprising guilty pleasure food.

The best meals our food writers ate in 2023

The Star Tribune's Taste team eats out — a lot. While we've had many memorable meals, these are among those that stood out.

Mexican powerhouse Oro is Star Tribune's Restaurant of the Year

What started out as a sliver of a taco shop outside a tortilleria has evolved into Oro by Nixta, and it has set the gold standard for Mexican food in Minneapolis.

Restaurant review: Is Daniel del Prado's Porzana worth the buzz?

The Argentine steakhouse in Minneapolis' North Loop is the chef's most ambitious project yet. Cue the anticipation.

Review: Crasqui in St. Paul an island escape for diners and the chef behind it

Chef Soleil Ramirez's fine-dining restaurant gives Twin Cities diners a taste of the bold flavors of Venezuela.

Where our restaurant critic takes a first-time visitor to eat over a weekend in Minneapolis

Jon Cheng gave a whirlwind culinary tour of his Minneapolis neighborhood. Here's where they stopped and what they ordered, and it's a list that's not for the faint of heart.