Dining Out

Soulaire Allerai, owner of Bad Rooster Food Truck

In 2020, a new face (read: rooster) strutted into the Lake Minnetonka culinary scene. A family-owned business, Bad Rooster food truck, set up shop on Minnetonka Mills Road and began traveling around the Twin Cities, bringing with it a variety of

Summers are for sipping—and lingering, laughing and lounging with friends. Here’s a handy happy hour guide (numbered in no particular order) to the lake area’s best spots for laid-back eats and delicious drinks that’ll help you (almost) forget there’s such a thing as work or winter.

Agra Culture, opening this spring in the Finn in Highland Park, offers a variety of food that appeals to many diets including paleo, vegan, gluten free and vegetarian.

Entrée Nous founder Elizabeth Menke visited a European food festival that offered a guide to the area’s best dining spots. Afterward, she decided that the Twin Cities could use a similar approach to our beloved mealtimes.

Ask Margo Bredeson about the early days of her career, and she might mention working in a tiny bakery—eventually covered in flour, fully immersed in the art of baking Swiss and Austrian pastries—as a college student in Madison, Wisconsin.

On any summer night, you can pull into the Minnetonka Drive In, roll down your window and be transported right back to the ’60s.

At the corner of Randolph and Cleveland, two authentically Italian restaurants don’t need to compete. The reason? They’re both owned and run by the Smith family.

Stephanie Shimp and David Burley met in college waiting tables and had a big idea: to open their own restaurant. Shimp sold her car and Burley saved tip money, and in 1993 they opened Highland Grill.

It’s May. The winter boots have gone into storage. The temps are steadily short-sleeve-worthy. And if you’re like most Minnesotans, you’re coming out of hibernation in search of anything that feels—or tastes—like summer.

Mother’s Day is this month, which means one of the biggest Sunday brunches of the year at Maynard’s in Excelsior.

In Novermber, ICA Food Shelf hosted The Great Taste event, an evening that showcased the local restaurant scene. Attendees began the night with appetizers and cocktails provided by area restaurants while they bid on silent and live auction items and a fund-a-need for all ICA programs.