The James Beard Awards are among the most prestigious prizes for chefs and restaurants in the United States.
Here in Saint Paul, we enjoy going out to dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice to go out to eat and not just have a great meal, but feel good about doing it? That’s what happens when you visit Tongue in Cheek on the East Side of Saint Paul.
If you do something long enough, you can easily forget how you got started in the first place. That’s how Koshiki Yonemura Smith and her husband, Benjamin Smith, feel about their Lowertown establishment, Tanpopo.
“It almost feels like a blur back then,” Benjamin says. “It’s so long ago.”
It was 2000 when the couple opened Tanpopo on Selby Avenue, and their motivation was pretty simple: There was a culinary gap.