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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Minneapolis

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Minneapolis, MN. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Minneapolis's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Minneapolis. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Minneapolis, MN. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery Minneapolis, MN

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Minneapolis,
what are we talking about?

 Mediterranean Supermarkets Minneapolis, MN

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Minneapolis, MN, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Minneapolis, MN.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

5.

Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Light Snow Expected Before Bitter Cold: MN Weather

Twin Cities residents can expect light snow that could cause some trouble on the roads Wednesday.MINNEAPOLIS — Twin Cities residents can expect light snow that could cause some trouble on the roads Wednesday."Periods of light snow today and tonight will add up to close to an inch in most locations, which is just enough to cause slick roads. Please drive carefully," the National Weather Service said.Temperatures will continue to drop this week, with a low of 10 degrees below zero on Monday....

Twin Cities residents can expect light snow that could cause some trouble on the roads Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Twin Cities residents can expect light snow that could cause some trouble on the roads Wednesday.

"Periods of light snow today and tonight will add up to close to an inch in most locations, which is just enough to cause slick roads. Please drive carefully," the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures will continue to drop this week, with a low of 10 degrees below zero on Monday.

Here's the full NWS forecast from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport:

Wednesday: Snow. High near 29. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow, mainly before 10pm. Low around 9. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 11. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Snow, mainly after midnight. Patchy blowing snow between 11pm and 3am. Temperature rising to around 25 by 5am. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow before noon. Patchy blowing snow. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 28 by 8am, then falling to around 17 during the remainder of the day. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy blowing snow before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 7. North northwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -8. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 4. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -7. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 3. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -10. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 7. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

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2023 Best Online Programs Ranking Includes MN Schools: U.S. News

MINNESOTA — Several bachelor’s and master’s programs at accredited universities in Minnesota are ranked among the 2023 Best Online Programs released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.The rankings are designed for people who want to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but need the flexibility to complete the coursework online. U.S. News is the only media organization that ranks onlin...

MINNESOTA — Several bachelor’s and master’s programs at accredited universities in Minnesota are ranked among the 2023 Best Online Programs released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings are designed for people who want to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but need the flexibility to complete the coursework online. U.S. News is the only media organization that ranks online degrees at the program rather than school level.

U.S. News ranked programs in eight disciplines. Programs in Minnesota that made the grade are:

Bachelor’s DegreeConcordia University - St. Paul (Rank 161)

Master’s ProgramsMBA

College of St. Scholastica (Rank 210)University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Rank 215)St. Mary's University of Minnesota (Rank 218)Concordia University-St. Paul (Rank 278)

Business, Non-MBASt. Mary's University of Minnesota (Rank 124)Concordia University-St. Paul (Rank 172)

Computer Information TechnologyUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Rank 91)

Criminal Justice/CriminologyConcordia University-St. Paul (Rank 48)

EducationCollege of St. Scholastica (Rank 74)Concordia University-St. Paul (Rank 124)St. Cloud State University (Rank 169)Martin Luther College (Rank 293)

EngineeringSt. Cloud State University (Rank 85)University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Rank 107)

U.S. News evaluated some 1,832 programs — the highest in the history of the rankings — to arrive at the 2023 list. Of those, 1,730 were ranked.

Online learning increased in popularity at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. News noted, but many of the institutions whose programs are ranked were ahead of the curve and had offered online programs for years.

Most of those evaluated offer degree completion programs that give students who have completed some of the requirements the flexibility to complete their degrees, according to Eric Brooks, the lead data analyst at U.S. News.

“The methodology is developed with those students in mind, setting these rankings apart from those that are focused on recent high school graduates pursuing higher education for the first time,” Brooks said in a news release.

While the methodologies are different for each discipline, they all incorporate metrics specific to online learning.

The online bachelor’s level ranking does not use standardized tests, instead relying on other factors such as faculty credentials and training, services and technologies available to students, student engagement and expert opinion on the academic quality of programs.

Master’s degree programs, in addition to these criteria, are also ranked based on student excellence. Blended learning programs — a combination of both face-to-face and distance instruction — are not included in the rankings.

MN Weather: Wind Chills Could Fall To 30 Degrees Below Zero

TWIN CITIES, MN — The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area could see some light snow before temperatures take a nosedive."Temperatures will continue to run near to above normal through Friday then much colder air arrives for the weekend through the start of next week, including the potential for wind chills -20 to -30 degrees," the National Weather Service said."Light snow is possible both Wednesday and Friday mornings, with the potential for 1-2 inches of snow each day."Here's the full NWS f...

TWIN CITIES, MN — The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area could see some light snow before temperatures take a nosedive.

"Temperatures will continue to run near to above normal through Friday then much colder air arrives for the weekend through the start of next week, including the potential for wind chills -20 to -30 degrees," the National Weather Service said.

"Light snow is possible both Wednesday and Friday mornings, with the potential for 1-2 inches of snow each day."

Here's the full NWS forecast from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport:

Tuesday: Patchy fog between 9am and 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 31. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 15. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a temperature rising to around 23 by 5am. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of snow before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 7. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -9. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around -9. West northwest wind around 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 4. West wind around 10 mph.

12 Essential Bowls of Ramen in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Nothing hits the spot like a hearty, aromatic bowl of ramen, its broth clouded with gelatin coaxed from slow-cooked, marrow-rich bones. Bouncy noodles bask in their salty bath, adorned with shreds of seaweed, pink-swirled fish cakes, or a soft-cooked, soy-soaked egg. Find noodle bliss with these essential bowls of ramen in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Note that these restaurants are listed geographically. Read MoreIf you buy ...

Nothing hits the spot like a hearty, aromatic bowl of ramen, its broth clouded with gelatin coaxed from slow-cooked, marrow-rich bones. Bouncy noodles bask in their salty bath, adorned with shreds of seaweed, pink-swirled fish cakes, or a soft-cooked, soy-soaked egg. Find noodle bliss with these essential bowls of ramen in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Note that these restaurants are listed geographically.

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Not a pork eater? Find a ramen oasis at Tori 44 Ramen, a pork-free establishment with many options for vegetarian and vegan diners. Don’t think that means the soups lack flavor or depth, though. Try the Bali ramen, which features a thicker broth made with creamy tahini, spicy Szechuan pepper, delicate bites of seasoned ground chicken, and a soft-cooked egg, all atop tender noodles.

Though Masu’s sustainably-sourced sushi and small-bite robata are its claims to fame, don’t miss the ramen either. The tonkotsu curry ramen is a standout: It features slices of crispy pork tenderloin, steamed Chinese broccoli, and a hazy, porky broth with the added flavor spike of fragrant, spicy curry. Masu has locations in Northeast Minneapolis, Apple Valley, and the Mall of America. Play some Japanese arcade games after dinner, while you’re at it.

This cozy joint is known for Japanese comfort food — it’s a great spot to grab a meal before a show at the Guthrie. Be sure to try the kimchi ramen: Fermented cabbage adds a dose of heat and refreshing tartness to balance the luxurious heritage pork bone broth. Pinwheels of pork float atop chewy noodles, and ribbons of black mushrooms and a golden, gooey-centered egg round out this ramen.

A trendy Uptown restaurant, event space, and the first sake brew pub in the United States? Moto-i has everything, from a generous happy hour to rooftop dining overlooking the bustling Lyn-Lake area. First-timers should sample the classic ramen, which features both pork belly and shredded smoked pork shoulder. Moto-i uses Tokyo-style straight noodles, and the shoyu broth is embellished with a drizzle of chili oil, then topped off with a poached egg, nori shreds, and a heap of scallions.

Tenka is tucked away on Lake Street, right next to Stella’s Fish Cafe. The ramen here is built on densely flavorful broth. The spicy miso is a crowd favorite: It stars springy noodles, fiery pork miso broth with an extra dose of chili pepper flakes, and a little funk from fermented bean paste. It’s all topped off with crumbles of ground pork, corn, a soft-cooked egg, and scallions.

Owner and master sushi chef Kiminobu “Ichi” Ichikawa has been cooking Japanese food in the Twin Cities since 1990. Located in Uptown, Origami is known for its sushi, but don’t sleep on the ramen. The miso ramen’s complex broth is crowned with rings of sliced pork belly, a pile of chewy bamboo shoots, soft spinach, a pink-swirled fish cake, green onion, and juicy kernels of corn.

Since its opening in 2015, this ramen-dedicated restaurant has been so popular that owner Matthew Kazama opened a second location in the Como neighborhood in 2017. Ramen Kazama’s tonkotsu ramen features one of the most decadent pork-bone broths in the Twin Cities — it has all the signature silkiness that comes from slow-cooking marrow-rich bones. Succulent pork belly, lacy black wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onion, and a marinated egg top off this beautiful bowl.

Warm wood paneling on Kyatchi’s exterior welcome diners to an unpretentious experience in Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood. Another spot for sustainably sourced sushi, the handful of ramen offerings here are served piping-hot. Kyatchi’s signature ramen stock uses a light chicken broth — it’s topped with seared pork belly, a soft-cooked egg, green and yellow onion, and earthy bamboo shoots.

Ichhido, an affordable, quick-service spot, has one of the most varied ramen menus in the Twin Cities. Beyond the classics, it features curry ramen, crispy chicken ramen, seafood ramen, and dipping ramen, a dish that separates the noodles and toppings from the spicy, scallion-flecked broth. Find Ichhido on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown, or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

St. Paul’s Ishita ramen sits on a restaurant-dense stretch of University Avenue. Brick walls, industrial decor, and a decorative wall of soup spoons keep the focus on the food. The crispy chicken ramen features a crunchy breaded cutlet, sliced cabbage, black mushrooms, pickled ginger, green onion, and corn. The shoyu broth is flecked with red pepper flakes and spicy chili oil for an extra boost of flavor.

Tori Ramen has two unique locations: Mod, cozy Tori 44 in North Minneapolis, and Tori St. Paul, where servers whisk steaming bowls of ramen to tables in the vintage interior of an old train car. “Tori” means “bird” in Japanese — this restaurant specializes in pork-free ramen, instead offering rich chicken, duck, and vegetarian broths. These beautifully layered bowls don’t lose an ounce of flavor, though. The salted, citrus-based ramen shakes things up with a lightly tangy broth. Tori is also one just a few local spots offering gluten-free bowls, with rice noodles and no soy sauce.

Ramen Kawae is a newcomer to Minneapolis’s North Loop Galley. The restaurant describes itself as “A little noodle shop emerged out of a desire to keep pushing the creativity of Japanese cuisine” — chef Tuan Hoang’s broths are meaty and rich, an ideal base for fatty pork belly and umami-packed mushrooms. Some of the ramen selections even come with chewy dumplings floating in the broth. Pair a bowl with the crispy karaage, a must.

Not a pork eater? Find a ramen oasis at Tori 44 Ramen, a pork-free establishment with many options for vegetarian and vegan diners. Don’t think that means the soups lack flavor or depth, though. Try the Bali ramen, which features a thicker broth made with creamy tahini, spicy Szechuan pepper, delicate bites of seasoned ground chicken, and a soft-cooked egg, all atop tender noodles.

Though Masu’s sustainably-sourced sushi and small-bite robata are its claims to fame, don’t miss the ramen either. The tonkotsu curry ramen is a standout: It features slices of crispy pork tenderloin, steamed Chinese broccoli, and a hazy, porky broth with the added flavor spike of fragrant, spicy curry. Masu has locations in Northeast Minneapolis, Apple Valley, and the Mall of America. Play some Japanese arcade games after dinner, while you’re at it.

This cozy joint is known for Japanese comfort food — it’s a great spot to grab a meal before a show at the Guthrie. Be sure to try the kimchi ramen: Fermented cabbage adds a dose of heat and refreshing tartness to balance the luxurious heritage pork bone broth. Pinwheels of pork float atop chewy noodles, and ribbons of black mushrooms and a golden, gooey-centered egg round out this ramen.

A trendy Uptown restaurant, event space, and the first sake brew pub in the United States? Moto-i has everything, from a generous happy hour to rooftop dining overlooking the bustling Lyn-Lake area. First-timers should sample the classic ramen, which features both pork belly and shredded smoked pork shoulder. Moto-i uses Tokyo-style straight noodles, and the shoyu broth is embellished with a drizzle of chili oil, then topped off with a poached egg, nori shreds, and a heap of scallions.

Tenka is tucked away on Lake Street, right next to Stella’s Fish Cafe. The ramen here is built on densely flavorful broth. The spicy miso is a crowd favorite: It stars springy noodles, fiery pork miso broth with an extra dose of chili pepper flakes, and a little funk from fermented bean paste. It’s all topped off with crumbles of ground pork, corn, a soft-cooked egg, and scallions.

Owner and master sushi chef Kiminobu “Ichi” Ichikawa has been cooking Japanese food in the Twin Cities since 1990. Located in Uptown, Origami is known for its sushi, but don’t sleep on the ramen. The miso ramen’s complex broth is crowned with rings of sliced pork belly, a pile of chewy bamboo shoots, soft spinach, a pink-swirled fish cake, green onion, and juicy kernels of corn.

Since its opening in 2015, this ramen-dedicated restaurant has been so popular that owner Matthew Kazama opened a second location in the Como neighborhood in 2017. Ramen Kazama’s tonkotsu ramen features one of the most decadent pork-bone broths in the Twin Cities — it has all the signature silkiness that comes from slow-cooking marrow-rich bones. Succulent pork belly, lacy black wood ear mushrooms, bamboo shoots, green onion, and a marinated egg top off this beautiful bowl.

Warm wood paneling on Kyatchi’s exterior welcome diners to an unpretentious experience in Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood. Another spot for sustainably sourced sushi, the handful of ramen offerings here are served piping-hot. Kyatchi’s signature ramen stock uses a light chicken broth — it’s topped with seared pork belly, a soft-cooked egg, green and yellow onion, and earthy bamboo shoots.

Ichhido, an affordable, quick-service spot, has one of the most varied ramen menus in the Twin Cities. Beyond the classics, it features curry ramen, crispy chicken ramen, seafood ramen, and dipping ramen, a dish that separates the noodles and toppings from the spicy, scallion-flecked broth. Find Ichhido on University Avenue in St. Paul, Dinkytown, or on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

St. Paul’s Ishita ramen sits on a restaurant-dense stretch of University Avenue. Brick walls, industrial decor, and a decorative wall of soup spoons keep the focus on the food. The crispy chicken ramen features a crunchy breaded cutlet, sliced cabbage, black mushrooms, pickled ginger, green onion, and corn. The shoyu broth is flecked with red pepper flakes and spicy chili oil for an extra boost of flavor.

Tori Ramen has two unique locations: Mod, cozy Tori 44 in North Minneapolis, and Tori St. Paul, where servers whisk steaming bowls of ramen to tables in the vintage interior of an old train car. “Tori” means “bird” in Japanese — this restaurant specializes in pork-free ramen, instead offering rich chicken, duck, and vegetarian broths. These beautifully layered bowls don’t lose an ounce of flavor, though. The salted, citrus-based ramen shakes things up with a lightly tangy broth. Tori is also one just a few local spots offering gluten-free bowls, with rice noodles and no soy sauce.

Ramen Kawae is a newcomer to Minneapolis’s North Loop Galley. The restaurant describes itself as “A little noodle shop emerged out of a desire to keep pushing the creativity of Japanese cuisine” — chef Tuan Hoang’s broths are meaty and rich, an ideal base for fatty pork belly and umami-packed mushrooms. Some of the ramen selections even come with chewy dumplings floating in the broth. Pair a bowl with the crispy karaage, a must.

Sushi is coming to Minneapolis food hall Eat Street Crossing

The final concept for the almost-ready-to-open Eat Street Crossing has been announced. It's Sushi Dori, the second food-hall stand from Lina Goh and chef John Ng. On the menu will be Izakaya-style sushi with creative rolls, rice sandwiches and a variety of snacks for both dine-in and grab-and-go. The duo will also operate Ramen Shoten, where Ng will continue to build on his reputation as one of the region's best ramen chefs.Other Eat Street Crossing food options will include Chaitime Boba Tea + Coffee and three option...

The final concept for the almost-ready-to-open Eat Street Crossing has been announced. It's Sushi Dori, the second food-hall stand from Lina Goh and chef John Ng. On the menu will be Izakaya-style sushi with creative rolls, rice sandwiches and a variety of snacks for both dine-in and grab-and-go. The duo will also operate Ramen Shoten, where Ng will continue to build on his reputation as one of the region's best ramen chefs.

Other Eat Street Crossing food options will include Chaitime Boba Tea + Coffee and three options from Gabriella Grant-Spangler and Ben Spangler: Bebe Zito Ice Cream, Bebe Zito burgers and Ouro Pizzaria, serving Brazilian-style pizzas.

According to its social media, menu testing is underway and an opening date should be announced soon. Eat Street Crossing is at 2819 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., eatstreetcrossing.com.

Eddie and Eve Wu, along with chef Chris Her, have opened Juche inside the former Cook St. Paul (1124 Payne Av., St. Paul, cookstp.com). Open at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Juche's Korean-spiced menu includes mac and chi — kimchi-laced cheesy pasta — bulgogi burgers, veggie-stuffed mandu and more.

This weekend will be last call for the fun cocktail room attached to Lawless Distilling (2619 28th Av. S., Mpls.). The owners wrote in a statement: "The amount of support we have received over the years has been amazing. Unfortunately, the wear and tear of the pandemic has taken its toll and we're unable to continue forward."

Lawless opened its taproom in 2016 with a cocktail list that put fun front and center with menu items like boozy bomb pops. Through the years it has become a holiday tradition to raise a glass inside its holiday-on-steroids Miracle pop-up.

The final service at Lawless is Jan. 28, but its sister business, Stilheart Distilling in the North Loop (124 3rd Av. N., Mpls.), will stay open.

Ties has relocated from downtown Minneapolis to the former Uptown Tavern spot (1400 Lagoon Av., Mpls.). The ground-level bar opened last week with an industrial vibe and a menu written by chef Justin Sutherland as his Northern Soul concept. Many of the dishes are similar to what's served at his St. Paul restaurant Handsome Hog: mac and cheese topped with hot Cheetos, a burger, wings and more. There are big plans for a rooftop bar when the warm weather comes back. Follow the progress on Instagram at @uptownties.

Craft & Crew restaurant group is teaming up with Jim Beam and AcreMade, maker of plant-based eggs, for a series of five-course vegan dinner experiences. All dinners are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and cost $70. The menu includes smoky sesame seed avocado toast, tomato terrine, chicken tacos with butternut squash al pastor and crème brûlée. Reserve your spot on each restaurant's website.

Jan. 31: The Block, 7007 Walker St., St. Louis Park, theblockslp.com.

Feb. 7: Duke's on 7, 15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, dukeson7.com.

Feb. 14: The Howe, 3675 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., howempls.com.

Nothing says Minnesota fun like a proper meat raffle, and that's exactly what the Star Tribune and the Taste team is planning at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Come vie for the prime cuts at the Star Tribune Steak Out on Feb. 1 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Warming House on Market Street. In addition to the carnivorous delights, there will be hot dish samples from Apostle Supper Club, live music and a chance to win a curated crockpot meal package. Details at startribune.com/steakout.

Joy Summers is a St. Paul-based food reporter who has been covering Twin Cities restaurants since 2010. She joined the Star Tribune in 2021.

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Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is the Star Tribune's Taste editor and senior editor of Star Tribune Magazine. In past journalistic lives she was a reporter, copy editor and designer — sometimes all at once — and has yet to find a cookbook she doesn't like.

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