Food & Drink

The patio at Tavern23 in Edina.

Tavern 23, Harriet Brasserie, Ciao Bella, Salut and Red Cow are some of the prettiest places to eat, drink and be merry this summer.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg dish? Few foods have more versatility than eggs. We enjoy them fried, boiled, baked, whipped, coddled, scrambled, poached and basted. When it comes to eating, the egg possibilities are endless.

A sample of the pizza served at Mozza Mia.

Mozza Mia, the popular Italian restaurant at 50th and France, has rolled out a new feature this year.

The Edina area has no shortage of elegant fare that pleases the eye as well as the palate. Local restaurants and bakeries take pride in crafting creations worthy of both the most important formal occasions and simple, everyday splurges.

Minneapolitans with a sweet tooth who love Cocoa & Fig’s chocolates, cakes and bars can now visit the store’s Edina location on York Avenue and avoid battling downtown traffic and navigating the skyway to the original location on t

Hearty food takes a bite out of teeth-chattering, January cold. Northern European fare that celebrates the season with a touch of Scandinavian flavor is an edible cure for the winter doldrums. Root vegetables have a starchy consistency that makes any dish more filling.

Kids need to eat healthy food in order to learn in school.

At Tavern on France, build your own burger, and enjoy it with a gluten-free beer.

By now we know about the perils of gluten, and many of us can recite a compendium of gluten-related ailments. Restaurants were slow on the uptake; for a long time a gluten-averse person could safely choose either a simple hunk of meat and steamed veggies or a pile of salad.

It crept up on us. Nibble by nibble, taste by taste, bite by bite, and then … KABOOM! We were besieged by “small-bite cuisine.” And what a lucky coup it was.

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