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The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Sushi sandos, new cocktails, a chicken dinner for the rotation and a little bit of heaven found in chips and salsa and Italian bread and dipping sauce.

Restaurant news: Centro owner opening a new kind of dive bar in Northeast

Plus: Vann is closing, Litt and Salsa Collaborative are on the move, new tacos and booze news you can use.

The Camden Social is now open in north Minneapolis, and more restaurant news

Also: Slice in St. Paul, Maple Grove's pickleball party spot and Oktoberfest celebrations.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Revisiting the Band Box Diner (hooray!), plus breakfast sandwiches, ice cream for breakfast, angelic treats and a new-to-us place for Mediterranean food.

Gai Noi in Minneapolis lands on New York Times list of best restaurants

Ann Ahmed's newest restaurant in Loring Park continues to charm diners — even the out-of-towners.

The 5 best cheeseburgers we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

To celebrate the upcoming National Cheeseburger Day, we set out to try some new burgers at both recently opened restaurants and old favorites, and were not disappointed.

Midtown Global Market's Eastlake Craft Brewery will close September 23

After nearly nine years, the brewery said it can no longer afford the rent.

What you need to know about Crasqui, St. Paul's newest date night destination restaurant

First look: Soleil Ramirez's Venezuelan dining spot is refined beachside eating in an urban setting.

New places to eat in Minnesota and Wisconsin's river towns

From Scandia to Stockholm, a surprising number of new waterside eats have sprung up along Minnesota's border.

Restaurant openings, closings, changes and events around Minnesota

Plus: A casual new restaurant for Linden Hills, more coffee in St. Paul and plenty of North Shore restaurant news.