James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

Feb. 9 Morning Roundup

Zimmern sings a dirge of mourning for the Cozy Cafe in Cyrus, Minnesota, Iggers, writing from Sumatra, weighs in on Indonesian fried chicken, our own Katie Cannon reports on Sanctuary, which she compares to a “best-selling mystery novel,” and the former George’s on Plato on Robert Street in St. Paul will soon become El Toro, […]


Moto-i in Uptown, Minneapolis

Billed as the first sake brewery restaurant outside of Japan, Moto-i is a bewildering blend of chic neighborhood bistro, genuinely cultured Japanese outpost, and obnoxious nightclub. Newly opened, there’s presumably a fair bit of fine tuning still taking place at this Uptown nightspot, which defiantly refuses to serve sushi and instead serves up classic izakaya […]


Q Fanatic in Champlin

For Twin Citians, there are only two real downsides to Q Fanatic: no liquor license and the long-ass drive to Champlin. Everything else about this place: the ribs, the beef brisket, the sides — reflects love, sweat and care. Q Fanatic nails what may be the most challenging aspect of producing consistently good BBQ — […]