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.


Influential critic helped turn page on Twin Cities culinary landscape in '80s

Forty years ago, local restaurant critic Joan Siegel embarked on a fascinating, turbulent, entertaining and influential four-year run.


Restaurant roll call: Even amid closings, new restaurants are springing to life

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


8 urban design disasters the Twin Cities has avoided

Doming Nicollet Mall? Metal trees on Hennepin Avenue? Those are just some of the ill-conceived proposals that fortunately never came to fruition.


5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.


Award-winning chef opening new restaurant named for 'Les Miz' character in St. Paul

Until Myriel opens later this year, the kitchen will operate a one-day-a-week takeout operation.


5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.


St. Paul artist creates custom dinnerware for local restaurants

Potter Kevin Caufield adds color and warmth to the table.


12 extra-warm patios for fall outdoor dining in the Twin Cities

As the weather cools, don't give up on outdoor dining. Here are a dozen restaurant patios that have you covered.


Just a few weeks left for these 32 Twin Cities outdoor farmers markets

Most outdoor markets will be closed for the season by the end of the month.


5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week

Food writers Rick Nelson and Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.