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.


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

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


Cookie finder: Try nearly 100 of our best recipes

Nearly 100 recipes to use all year long.


Need a pick-me-up? Isles Bun & Coffee provides a sweet start to mornings

For 27 years, the intensely fragrant Isles Bun & Coffee has been turning out a seemingly endless supply of enormous, cinnamon-laced sweet buns,…


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.


What does it say about Minneapolis that a dollar store is coming soon to Nicollet Mall?

Dollar General says DGX store at 5th and Nicollet is aimed at "metropolitan" customers.


It's not too late to make Thanksgiving takeout plans

Decided you don't want to cook after all? Here are a handful of places you can turn to for help. Afton House Inn Dinner includes…


Downtown Mpls. getting a new rooftop dining destination

The Rand Tower Hotel and lobby bar is scheduled to open on Dec. 2. The rooftop will open in the spring.


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

From ice cream sandwiches to chicken potpies, here's a rundown of our food writers' favorites from the last week.


Red Table Meat in Minneapolis goes whole hog and cuts out the middle man

One of the nation's top salumerias is producing tailor-made cured meat products.


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.