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I Took the 19-Meal Twin Cities Vegan Challenge

And I only made it to six places. But wait! Here are all the delicious (and kinda meh) things I discovered along the way.

September 13, 2023

Northeast’s ALTBurger Is a Throwback to the Days Before Impossible Foods Ruled

The vegetarian sandwich shop feels like an old-school classic, for better and worse.

September 25, 2023

Vegan Ethiopian, Dino Bars, and More November News in the Racket Restaurant Roundup

Your monthly recap of comings and goings in the food/drink scene.

November 30, 2023

Francis’s New Burger Bar Is a Total Treat

Late-night vegan eats come to Northeast.

January 19, 2023

New 2023 MN State Fair Food: Predicting the Winners and Losers

Let's get all Mel Kiper on the Fair's 34 new food concoctions.

We Finally Tried D’s Banh Mi. Is it Worth the Wait?

The deep south of Minneapolis is a Vietnamese desert no more.

Here’s All the Big Restaurant News You Might’ve Missed in March

The triumphant return of Keefer Court, Aster Café's plans for a new 200-cap restaurant and venue, and much more—including a food shop for the Sculpture Garden?—in the latest Racket Restaurant Roundup.

April 1, 2024

Inside Keiko’s Kitchen, Uptown’s Fun and Funky New Vegan Bodega

The popular Black-owned vegan pop-up has a permanent home, and it's cute as hell.

September 22, 2022

Everyone’s Announcing Cool New Restaurant News This Month!

Killer suburban pizza comes to the North Loop, a Travail trio sets out on their own, and more in this month’s Racket Restaurant Roundup.

September 30, 2022

Black Fashion Week MN, Oktoberfests, Vegan Eats at Francis Fest: This Week’s Best Events

Plus a punk bowling benefit for Nudieland, an anti-car bike ride/picnic, and the Postal Service at the Armory.

September 18, 2023

How’s Caribou Coffee’s First Vegan Sandwich?

The JUST Egg™ Roasted Tomato & Pesto Flatbread gets the Racket™ treatment.

May 10, 2022

5 Things to Know About D’s Banh Mi, the Year-Round Restaurant Coming to the Ol’ Snack Shack

OK, we spoiled one of the things: Unlike under previous owners Dave's Popcorn and Milk Jam, the 38th Street hut will be open all year.

August 16, 2022

23 Observations on Drew Barrymore’s Recent Herbivorous Butcher Segment

The glorious return of Racket's 'Observations on Drew Barrymore' series.

November 18, 2022

Leak: Far-Right Militia Members Among MN’s Cops, Military, Politicians

Plus Jack Jablonski's big reveal, Jensen dangles a baby, and a growing vegan bakery empire in today's Flyover.

New 2022 MN State Fair Food: Predicting the Winners and Losers

Let's get all Mel Kiper on the Fair's 38 new food concoctions.

5 Things to Know About Bina’s, Centro Restaurant Group’s New ‘Dive Bar’

They have a hell of a good food and drink menu, but Jimmy’s it ain’t.

February 8, 2024

Francis Has Plant-Based Plans for the Old Sen Yai Sen Lek, Dipped & Debris Space

"We remain concerned about how people might feel about either of those spots being replaced, because they were so loved in the community, and so good."

August 5, 2022

The Libs Are Comin’ for Your Leaf Blowers, Patriots

Plus Texas-style DQ, another new veggie burger, and the Strib's new boss suggests a digital future in today's Flyover.

Free Pinball, Holiday Drag, and a Vegan Meat Raffle: This Week’s Best Events

Do you want to drink booze in the midst of twinkling holiday lights? Yeah, we have a ton of those, too.

December 5, 2022

We Need to Talk About the Strib’s Dive Bar List

Plus MN Freedom Fund rails against cash bail, a new THC-friendly vegan spot opens this spring, and catching up with Mayor Melvin Carter in today's Flyover.

February 8, 2023

Some New Twin Cities Restaurants I Really Liked in 2023

The 9 new restaurants that most charmed and/or delighted Racket’s food and drink editor this year.

December 21, 2023

Furry-Flustered Scott Jensen: Where Are Your Children Peeing?

Plus tiny checks for essential workers, Woody Harrelson drops some dough on Mpls, and a feel-good story about a jacket in today's Flyover.

The Best, Worst, and Most Middling New Foods of the 2023 Minnesota State Fair

This town's most discerning review crew returns with the only fair food takes you can trust.

August 25, 2023

Hell Yeah: Minnesota’s Only Black-Owned Cold-Pressed Juice Bar Is Expanding

Coming soon to The Dripping Root: waffles, paninis, salads, flatbreads, and more!

May 4, 2022

At Sociable, Francis Serves Up Vegan Burgers a Carnivore Will Love

"We've gotten so many responses of like, 'That's the first vegan burger I've had, and it's the best burger I've had in a long time.'"

January 10, 2022

Change Is Underway at Malcolm Yards Market

As some other food halls struggle, this Prospect Park market appears to be thriving.

August 9, 2023

A Twin Cities Vegan Big Mac Showdown

Comparing the McDonald's taste-alikes at local vegan pillars J. Selby's and Reverie.

Recap: Let’s Tour Boubville, Duluth’s Punk Take on Bentleyville

This Christmas fest for weirdos was bigger than ever this year .

December 19, 2023

Gold From the Soil

With Oro by Nixta Tortilleria, chefs Gustavo and Kate Romero showcase the complexity and versatility of heirloom corn.

Get a Sneak Peek of the Indigenous Food Lab—Plus Fresh Tortillas—This Week at Midtown Global Market

The market/restaurant/education center will begin its multiphase opening in about a month.

April 25, 2023

It’s Your First Complete Concert Calendar of 2024: Jan. 2-10

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

January 2, 2024

Kim Crockett: Liar? Idiot? Both?

Plus a costly chicken dispute, understaffed cop night shifts, and PETA vs. Jucy Lucys in today's Flyover.

September 15, 2022

Weed Weviews: 4 THC Treats I Tried in July

Sour gummies, space ice cream, THC bubbly, and a fancy pâte du fruit. Oh la la!

Here’s All the February Restaurant News We Could Track Down

Is it possible that just ONE Twin Cities restaurant closed in February? Almost certainly not. Feel free to correct us in the comments!

February 28, 2023

Hi Flora!: MN’s First THC Restaurant Gets a New Name, Opening Date

The restaurant will follow later this spring, but the storefront debuts this month. We'll give you ONE GUESS when the grand opening is.

April 11, 2023

Openings, Closings, and Some Signs of Spring in the March Racket Restaurant Roundup

Welcoming Wildflyer East, saying bye-bye to Bev's, and getting ready for Gai Noi.

March 31, 2023

We’re Getting a ‘Simpsons’-Inspired Steamed Hams Restaurant

Meet Hammies, the plussed-up slider operation with brick 'n' mortar ambitions.

Folks… He’s Running

Plus 'The Daily Show' visits Duluth, Japanese burgers, and violent beer in today's Flyover news roundup.

Yuletide Tunes and Megapop Stars Dominate Your Complete Concert Calendar: December 5-11

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

December 5, 2023

Thai New Year, Vegan Meat Raffle, Queer Bazaar: This Week’s Best Events

Plus the world's largest bounce house is coming to town.

May 23, 2022

D’s Banh Mi is Finally Opening in the Ol’ Snack Shack!

Plus weed czar needed, the last days of video universe, and an existential threat to St. Anthony Falls in today's Flyover news roundup.

Uptown Theater Returns This Year—And So Does Prof?

Plus students demand answers about Azad's death, dairy farmers are crybabies, and parks do markets in today's Flyover.

The Best, Worst, and Most Middling New Foods of the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

Our review crew returns to the fair for the first time since 2019.

August 26, 2022

Slurp Pop-Up Noodle Shop Slaps

We ate our way through 3/4 of the Slurp menu. (OK, so there's only six dishes, but still.)

Stepchld Founder Fancies up Crustless PB&J with Gallant Tiger

Gallant Tiger hit Dogwood Coffee Co.'s Northeast shop about a month ago; soon they'll be at coffee shops around town.

November 17, 2022

Coming Soon: Indigenous Food Lab Expands with Tea Bar, Restaurant, Market

The Midtown Global Market commissary kitchen gets a big addition.

September 15, 2022

How to Help the Victims of Saturday’s Tragic Nudieland Shooting

Plus a bad tweet, the zoo's new treetop trail is zapping attendees, and a local TikTok casino-goer faces jail time in today's Flyover news roundup.

With Ramen Shoten, Eat Street Crossing Gets a Traditional Stand-Up Noodle Shop

The grab, slurp, and go spot will open alongside the rest of the food hall this November.

October 11, 2022

Finally! Clancey’s Meats & Fish Confirms Grand Ave. Move, Plans to Add Vegan Eats

The Linden Hills shop is moving to a bigger space and it's all happening so fast.

Let’s Get Autumnal With Your Complete Concert Calendar: Sept. 19-25

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

September 19, 2023

Huh: Jane Fonda Weighs in on the Ward 7 Minneapolis City Council Race

Plus Stalk & Spade bites it, talkin' labor at the U, and a journalist becomes a candy scientist in today's Flyover news roundup.

November 1, 2023

Kilimanjaro Grill Brings City’s First Kenyan Restaurant to Old Viking Bar Space

Find chips masala, samosas, and lots of vegan options at the new Kilimanjaro.

March 23, 2022

Duluth’s Wealthy ‘Climate Refugees’ Are Driving Up Real Estate Costs

Plus a $3 million fib, RIP Eat Street Social, and the two local angles to Mario's boots in today's Flyover.

The Fair’s Over (And So Is Summer?) But You Still Have Your Complete Concert Calendar: September 5-11

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in Twin Cities clubs and parks this week.

September 5, 2023

Your Boss Has a Plan to Save Downtown Minneapolis

Plus incoming food options, rentable scooters and bikers, and large pothole saviors in today's Flyover.

A Cobbler Lover’s Dream: Lutunji’s Palate Bakery & Cafe Opens Next Month

Get ready for Lutunji Abram's delicious desserts, both buttery and vegan.

April 7, 2022

7 Exciting New Books for Young Readers by MN Authors

Locally crafted literary adventures that transport you from the U of M to the Superior Hiking Trail and beyond.

There’s More to Rocktober Than Rock in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Oct. 3-9

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

October 3, 2023

Hard Times Cafe Has a Reopening Date

A May Day dining room reboot? We love to see it.

April 13, 2022

The Ol’ Dave’s Popcorn/Milk Jam Snack Shack Is Becoming a Banh Mi Joint

Plus the Strib chooses hot-dog hater Don Samuels, Uptown goes to rooftop heaven, and downtown St. Paul is renting space for free in today's Flyover.

Buckle Up, Bitches: It’s Time for the July Racket Restaurant Roundup

TILT gets LITT, Grumpy's grumples outta Roseville, and more July restaurant news.

July 29, 2022

OK, Fine, We Ate the Doge Pizza

Crypto may be confusing, imaginary bullshit. But pizza is very real.

September 22, 2021

The 12 Most ‘Cursed’ Restaurant Spaces of the Twin Cities

Failure seems to haunt certain food and drink addresses. We asked restaurateurs to weigh in, and we asked readers to nominate locations in need of exorcisms.

October 19, 2022

Minnesota’s First Doughnut Vending Machine? The Donut Trap Begins Automated Treat Empire.

Bradley Taylor's square doughnut hustle has gone from pop-up shop to brick-'n'-mortar to food truck to, now, vending machine.

March 14, 2022

A New Jazz Club in North Loop and Lots Else to Check out in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Feb. 6-12

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

February 6, 2024

Say Hello to Dream Creamery, the Feel-Good Hit of the Summer

Eating dessert first? That’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

May 24, 2022

North Side’s FLOW, Pickup Truck Opera, Fat Beach Day: This Week’s Best Events

Plus Loring Park Art Festival, a new gallery in Uptown, and Aussie girl group Camp Cope.

MB FoodHouse Brings Killer Tex-Mex to the North Loop

A true Minneapolis original opens next week.

November 4, 2021

Little T’s Is Back, and It’s Spectacular

This version of Lil T’s—formally "Little Tijuana Neighborhood Lounge"—revels in mishmashery even more than its predecessor.

Don’t Blame Us—We Voted for Your Complete Concert Calendar: November 7-13

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

November 7, 2023

Boo! It’s the October Racket Restaurant Roundup.

There's... a new restaurant in a former funeral home? That's kinda spooky, right?

October 31, 2023

Lu’s at the U, Momo at Midtown Global, and More October Restaurant News

Or should we say... restaurant BOOs? Ha ha, just kidding—a little Halloween humor for you!

October 31, 2022

New Lyn-Lake Murals, Patio Parties, Queer Beach Hang: This Week’s Best Events

It's a stacked week for things to do in the Twin Cities.

July 11, 2022

Freeloader Friday: 59 Free Things To Do This Weekend

A West St. Paul skate party, pop-up markets, Open Streets, and a queer clothing swap are all free.

July 8, 2022

Don’t Forget to Vote for Your Complete Concert Calendar: March 5-11

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

A Reminder That the Thursday Show Is Actually on Wednesday in Your Complete Concert Calendar: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

January 30, 2024

New Tunes from Arcwelder, a ‘Dr. Who’ Con, Walker’s Out There Series: This Week’s Best Events

Icy events may return after this week's deep freeze, but until then check out these hot happenings.

January 8, 2024

Nevermind the Snow! Here’s Your Complete Concert Calendar: Oct 31-Nov. 6

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

October 31, 2023

Freeloader Friday: 52 Free Things To Do This Weekend

V-Day artist markets, Super Bowl parties, 612 Brew turns 10, and more.

February 10, 2023

J. Selby’s Closes Indoor Dining Again

A vegan canary in the coal mine?

September 20, 2021

How Come None of You Told Me to Check Out Chip’s Clubhouse?

I slept on Chip's. Don't make the same mistake I did.

January 18, 2022

Minneapolis to Trump-Tied Law Firm: Help Us Fix Policing!

Plus price hikes at General Mills, TPT has a beer, and "The Worst Company in the World" gets handsomely rewarded in today's Flyover.

November 24, 2021

What Is This World Coming To? An 8-Day Complete Concert Calendar?: June 27-July 4

Pretty much all the live music you can catch in the Twin Cities this week.

Freeloader Friday: 90 Free Things To Do This Weekend

Try a new THC drink, see Pat Benatar, and go with the FLOW on the North Side.

July 29, 2022

Freeloader Friday: 62 Free Things To Do This Weekend

Store openings, an EDM food truck party, Mom's Day happenings, and raw oysters (no really!) in this edition.

May 12, 2023