Blog & PressNoteworthy Food & Music

We love what we do, and we love talking about it. Read through the posts below to see reviews and press articles written about the Dakota, as well as updates about our community involvement, events, and restaurant menus.


Posted on September 8, 2017 in Featured Blog Post

Lizz Wright November 5 | 7pm Call 612.332.5299 or Click Here For Tickets A preacher’s kid, Lizz Wright sang during most services, and it is there, deep in the joy of ministry, that one can find the roots of the voice and spirit that so captivates listeners. With peculiar focus, she seamlessly weaves through the genres of gospel, jazz, folk, pop, and blues, handling them like colors on a palette.…


Posted on September 5, 2017 in Featured Blog Post

Sometimes it’s best to keep things light. Moving furniture, whipping up a frittata, talking politics with the in-laws – sometimes levity is your best friend. If you’re looking to keep it light during your Dakota experience, you’ll find the ideal match in Chef Derik’s Salmon Bacon BLT. This inventive take on a familiar summer favorite will have you feeling positively buoyant. The dish is a twist on a classic snack.…


Posted on September 1, 2017 in Featured Blog Post, News

In the wake of a natural disaster the size and scope of Hurricane Harvey, it’s easy to feel helpless. But Dakota and Vieux Carré want to push past that helplessness. In conjunction with our friends at Harvest Pack, co-owners Richard Erickson & Lowell Pickett have organized events in order to contribute to the enormous need brought on by this natural disaster. In conjunction with the food pack event at Vieux…


Posted on August 29, 2017 in Featured Blog Post, Uncategorized

Blinded by glaucoma at birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was twelve.  Once you’ve heard what bluesman Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never…

You Get What You Need: Mr. Jimmy’s Baltic Porter

Posted on August 28, 2017 in Featured Blog Post

What’s in a name? In the case of Excelsior Brewing Company’s Mr. Jimmy, the answer is quite a lot. This Baltic Porter breaks the mold, making it the perfect beer for porter fans and more ale-oriented experimentalists alike. But beyond its layered taste, the Mr. Jimmy possesses a colorful local significance. Excelsior Brewing Company named this brew after Jimmy Hutmaker, an eccentric famous in Excelsior for his dynamic personality and…


Posted on August 25, 2017 in Featured Blog Post

Wee Willie Walker September 3 | 7pm Call 612.332.5299 or Click Here For Tickets One of the great soul and blues singers in the Twin Cities, Willie Walker has lent his sweet tenor voice to a number of high-profile projects, yet still remains one of the region’s best kept secrets. Walker’s music comes from a different time, a different place and a different point of view. He’s one of the…

Peach Salad: Southern, Seasonal, Surprising

Posted on August 21, 2017 in Featured Blog Post

The guiding question behind Dakota’s culinary philosophy is pretty simple: how do we incorporate the finest local ingredients into a menu informed both by classic Southern comforts and modern bistro technique? Perhaps no dish on our menu better embodies this dual spirit than our Peach Salad. Southern, seasonal, and surprising, it’s what the Dakota is all about. Not unlike the wide range of music that has made us a local…