The Twin Cities Gateway is one of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area’s best kept secrets. Each of the nine communities that make up Minnesota’s Twin Cities Gateway—Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview—has its own unique vibe. They also have something in common: great restaurants.
Trendy desert towns like St. George and Moab get all the accolades in the Beehive State, but another southern Utah paradise is fast rising to acclaim: Kanab. Tucked along the Utah-Arizona state line, this American West classic offers homegrown hospitality that harkens back to its cowboy roots. Long a filming site for Western films, today Kanab is famous for its thriving arts scene, inventive cuisine, and outdoor adventures.
My adopted home state of North Carolina is a food lover’s fantasy land. There’s more outstanding barbecue than you can shake a rib at. Everywhere along the coast the fish shacks, oyster bars and sushi restaurants make the most of what’s caught on the line and in the net. Forests and fields deliver surprises to chefs from the mountains to the sea. And the beer scene—we can’t even go there right now, but do yourself a favor and come thirsty. Most of all, come hungry. Come to Wilmington hungry. This city in the southeastern corner of the state has a food scene that’s got its fair share of names and accolades, from James Beard Award nominees and winners to a AAA Four Diamond restaurant to faces you might recognize from Bravo’s Top Chef and a raft of up and comers. Break out the bib, put on your loosest pants, and get ready to feast. These are the eight must-eat restaurants in Wilmington (right now).
There’s a refreshing sense of freedom that comes with dining outdoors—the combination of scrumptious food and bright sunshine satisfies hunger as well as the soul—pandemic or not. While much of the country retreats indoors to avoid cold weather, Jacksonville, Florida always seems to have perfect al fresco dining weather, even in the midst of winter.
It’s one of those holiday dishes folks shake their heads at, chalking it up to the crazy culinary people of South Louisiana. Even the name brings forth a laugh. The portmanteau word “turducken,” a mash-up of its key ingredient names, takes a well-seasoned, deboned turkey and stuffs it with boneless chicken that’s been stuffed with boneless duck. In between are layers of well-seasoned Cajun-style dressing and pork stuffing.
Have you ever dreamed about visiting one of those picturesque towns featured in a Hallmark movie? A place where you can walk up and down Main Street—lined with eclectic boutiques and local restaurants—and there’s not a fast food joint or chain store in sight. Townspeople are friendly and greet you as you walk by or enter their shops. Blowing Rock, North Carolina is just that kind of town.
Cornbread is a quintessential American dish with many different interpretations, from savory to sweet. For many Americans, it’s a tradition, a reminder of home, a family recipe, a tasty way to bring memories of meals with loved ones to life.
Nick Liberato is a man of many talents: He’s a celebrated chef, restaurateur, and also host of the Netflix series “Restaurants on the Edge.” The series focuses on helping restaurants in distress by performing consulting, restructuring and turnaround services in a holistic manner.
What’s become an institution in Ann Arbor, Michigan was launched by two college buddies: Zingerman’s. Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw met while working at Maude’s Restaurant and attending the University of Michigan. Bemoaning the lack of a ‘good Jewish deli’ in Ann Arbor, the pair decided to rectify the situation.
If real estate is all about location, location, location, then dining out is all about presentation, presentation, presentation. You eat with your eyes first. We’ve all been in a restaurant when a server walks by with a plate of food and said to ourselves, “That looks good!” These five restaurants create visually-appealing food that not only entertains, but exceeds expectations and feeds the soul.