Food & Drink

The enchilada and eggs at Coalition.

50th and France is a decades-old destination for shopping, strolling, pampering and dining. Expand your palettes in Edina through the diverse group of local restaurants and cafés that offer wine tasting events, new brews and seasonally inspired menus.

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.

Cranberries are considered indispensible to a traditional holiday meal; because of this, the poor fruit has been typecast. Cousin of the blueberry and huckleberry, the name “cranberry” was coined by early European settlers who thought that the plant looked like a crane.

What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received? Chances are it wasn’t an expensive handbag or a bottle of wine. Instead, it might have been a child’s art project or a basket of welcome-to-the-neighborhood cookies.

If you think of “Mexican food” as a greasy cheese bomb—albeit a yummy one—it’s time to wake up and smell the cilantro.

It’s autumn, which means it’s time to hunker down, get cozy and eat comfort food. We find that advice depressing, especially when so much about the fall is energizing instead of sedating. Take the color orange: it’s a classic fall shade, associated with seasonal foliage, pumpkins and Halloween.

Some comestibles require neither introduction nor explanation, and chili is one of them.

The hotdog is one of the easiest foods to find, eat and enjoy. A hotdog makes a quick meal during an airport layover, a tasty snack with a few beers at the game, and a universally pleasing cookout option. The convenience store 7-Eleven sells about 100 million dogs a year.

One of our most treasured warm-weather privileges is outdoor dining. For those of us who live on the frozen tundra, perpetually aware of the diminishing days of light and warmth, eating al fresco is practically a birthright. Edina eateries are equipped with many a welcoming outdoor dining space.

Summer can be sweltering. Lucky for us, Edina has just the treat to beat the heat. Edina Magazine dishes on five favorite frozen yogurt and ice cream parlors.

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