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Lavender’s Romantic Restaurants Round-Up

By Joy Summers / January 30, 2020

If in every crackle of a fireplace hearth, in every star that twinkles all too early in the evening, and…

Romantic Dining For 2019

By Joy Summers / January 31, 2019

These long, dark nights are best spent by low, warm lights in the company of your person. The past year…

A Nice Change Of Pastry

By Joy Summers / September 13, 2018

A tendril of an aroma wafts out of the basement of a church in Powderhorn. It wraps its way around…

The Very Best Gay-Owned and -Operated Restaurants in the Metro Area

By Joy Summers / June 7, 2018

During our annual toast to all this Pride, we wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to some…

Lavender’s Best New Restaurants

By Joy Summers / April 12, 2018

This past year has given us fewer new restaurants, but those that have opened have been a tasty selection. In…

Romantic Dining At Home

By Joy Summers / February 1, 2018

The best gifts are always the ones made by hand. There is nothing better or more romantic than pulling together…

Divine Destinations for Romantic Dining

By Joy Summers / January 18, 2018

Last year brought so many new date night dining options into the Twin Cities landscape, including a revitalization of two…

Romantic Dining: Tenant

By Joy Summers / January 18, 2018

The best first date I ever had began with an inauspicious “no.” No, I did not want to get all…

Romantic Dining: Bardo

By Joy Summers / January 18, 2018

The restaurant Remy Pettus had his eye on wasn’t available. Prolific Minneapolis restaurateur John Rimarcik had shuttered the place he…

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

By Joy Summers / July 7, 2016

Eating with kids is a careful tightrope walk of balancing (reasonably) healthy food with efficiency in service and a flexibility…

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