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.

You can practically hear Homer Simpson saying it: “Mmm … bacon.” But maybe it was your own voice intoning those words of love. Check the mirror. Do you see a blissed-out expression? Is that a trickle of drool on your chin? Yep, it was you, and suddenly you need bacon, stat.

Pizza has been called the “perfect food” for many reasons: it represents several food groups, it’s portable, versatile, easy to find, adored by all and just plain delicious.

Named after an elderly farmer from owner Greg Tegdesch’s childhood, Ozzie’s Ice Cream is open for summer scooping and is celebrating its first anniversary this month.

A night out often makes you, well, hungry, to put it simply. But not to worry—if you’re out and about and suddenly find yourself in desperate need of a bite to eat, we’ve got you covered.

You won’t find any green beer on tap at Manitou Station this St. Patrick’s Day. “We’re just the kind of place that doesn’t have to put leprechauns and shamrocks up all over,” says co-owner Jake McKeague. “We’re as authentic as you can get.

Ever been bored by the cheddar cheese/bacon or lettuce/tomato/onion combinations that appear on every burger menu? Not a problem at BYO Burger, a recent addition to the White Bear Lake dining scene.

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And for many, that means kicking their New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds into high gear. But watching what you eat doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor.

“A chicken in every pot” was Herbert Hoover’s presidential campaign slogan in 1928; a plentitude of chicken dinners was a reflection of national prosperity. His vision was realized: now there is a chicken in every pot—and one in every oven, microwave, grill, rotisserie—you get the picture.

“Dessert” and “holiday” are practically synonymous; for many of us, this is one of the few times that we freely indulge in sweets. We look forward to the sugary treats as much as we do the other stuff.

The food at Black Sea Restaurant is authentic Turkish fare, mainly because husband-and-wife owners Tolga and Cigdem Ata hail from Turkey. The first Black Sea Restaurant opened in 2000 in St.

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