Food & Drink

WCCO Mid-Morning and WCCO This Morning anchor Jason DeRusha

Maple Grove Magazine decided to turn the table on DeRusha—asking him some Proust Questionnaire-inspired queries about the area’s food scene and his thoughts on foodie wins and regrets; dinner table dreams; and this or that.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, food is on everyone’s mind this month. Now that we’re smack in the middle of fall, with winter howling at our coattails, we’re all in the mood for something warm.

The holidays can throw an entirely new spin on the act of imbibing. So, we asked mixology specialist Jeff Dull to take the season into account and toss some inspiration our way.

The fit and fabulous intimately understand that nutritious and delicious go hand in hand.

A mid-80s TV ad asked “Where’s the beef?” and today you may sometimes ask the same. Or, rather, “Where’s the great beef?” Luckily the answer is nearby. One of the best butchers in the Cities is right here in town.

A trip to the liquor store can be overwhelming. Red? White? Dry? Sweet? It’s great to have choices, but really, how does one navigate the myriad of bottles? Perhaps the interesting label design draws sufficient attention to warrant the victory trip to the register.

The quest for the perfect cocktail is an adventure not to be missed. Maple Grove has a veritable cornucopia of restaurants that are well-versed in the art of mixology. Each of our picks is exquisitely made and sure to please.

From pillowy, blueberry-filled pancakes at Minne’s Diner to savory cranberry-topped sandwiches at Daily Dose Café & Espresso, delicious berries are found in a variety of dishes and drinks across Maple Grove.

Gilead
By Marilynne Robinson
Nearing the end of his life, elderly John Ames begins a letter to his young son. Author Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel about the quiet life of a good man.

Dogs and their humans love to dine alfresco or visit drive-thru windows. Certain Maple Grove restaurants embrace the bond between pet owners and food or drink. Pet perks make eating out more fun. Here’s a “pup” close and personal look at dog-friendly dining and take out in Maple Grove.

Maple Grove restaurants, bakeries and cafes know how to make the most of Minnesota weather. Quiet, relaxing patios with comfy café chairs and shady umbrellas set the stage for pleasant conversation in good summer weather. Pull up an outdoor chair and stay a while.

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