Dining Out

Zen Asia

The North Star State, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State, the Bread-and-Butter State—though Minnesota has numerous trademarks, its culinary scene is also unlike any other.

Fate had a hand in Farrell Tuohy’s business career, as he almost bought into the Pizza Man restaurant 30 years ago, but backed out. “It was a different time in my life,” he says. “I was much younger, and it scared me.”

On the corner of Warner Avenue and Stillwater Road in Willernie, pizza has been king for years—the heavenly aroma of mozzarella cheese, red sauce and pizza dough fill the air, as beloved as the quaint post office and small businesses down the street.

This Mother’s Day, Cravings is serving a delicious meal for moms, featuring new special dishes.

Television personality, food writer and former celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain claims that food tastes better when eaten barefoot, preferably outdoors in a tropical setting. Of course it does. Almost everything is better on a breezy veranda in, say, Jamaica.

Spice may be nice, but spicy is naughty, and that’s much more fun. Besides, Minnesotans aren’t always as nice as everyone says we are. We may have a reputation for preferring bland food, but we can bring the heat with the best of ’em and enjoy it, too.

Preparing food for others runs in Long Vo’s blood. For 20 years his family has been in the business of opening and running restaurants.

It was a full house at Manitou Station, where winners were announced for the Best of White Bear Lake 2014.

Tantalize your taste buds with Memphis-style ribs, coleslaw and baked beans from CG Hooks Eatery.

When you think about it, ribs are an intimidating prospect—stacked with bones, awkward to maneuver and skimpy on meat. But what other food lets us indulge our inner Neanderthal, has a built-in handle and leaves a good gnaw for the dog?

Set your taste buds a-twitter with some fabulous fare from two new eateries. Here’s a quick peek at what they have to offer:

Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar

Succulent shrimp add the perfect burst of flavor to the shrimp pad thai from Sam Thai Cuisine.

Slippery, slithery, shimmery noodles— how we love you! It’s hard to imagine life without the noodle, as humankind has been blessed with the noodle’s delights for a very long time.

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