Persian Baklava at the Caspian Bistro

The Persian Baklava at the Caspian Bistro in Minneapolis is the perfect balance of sweet, nutty, and spiced, a crunchy way to finish a simple meal.

Chef Camp Recipe: Nettie Colon’s Charred Octopus with Grilled-Lemon Coriander Sauce

Nettie Colon, a chef-instructor for the Sep. 8-10 session of Chef Camp, shares a recipe for charred octopus with grilled lemon coriander sauce.

The Tap: In Defense of Reviewing Food

This week in the Tap: the vital importance of restaurant reviews in an era of brand synergy, crowd-sourced wisdom, and Instagram influencers.

Portillo’s in Woodbury

The newly opened Portillo’s in Woodybury offers agreeable fast food fare in a circus-like environment that will be loved by some, loathed by others.

Heavy Table Hot Five: July 21-27

Char siu tacos from Local Crate, Chef Camp, and Yia Vang, 120-day-aged beef at Cosmos, a gourmet spin on a Pop Tart at Brake Bread and more on the Hot Five.