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2019 Year in Review: Food

Country flavors, quality ‘Q, and numerous reboots define a busy culinary year in Minnesota Some years it can be hard to make much sense of the “food story” in any given place. Restaurants open and close, people come and go, and patterns seem faint or downright illusory. 2019 was not one of those years. 2019 … [ Read more]

Game Changer: Chef Eric Halverson’s use of North Country products is changing food culture in Grand Rapids

Everybody asks for ranch,” says chef Eric Halverson of Rapids Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. “We don’t have it. Never will.” In a business where pleasing people is the name of the game, Halverson is hospitable but defiant. The food will always be great, he says—a marriage of mostly local food with a wood-fired … [ Read more]

Presto: Pumpkin pie! The secret to making brilliant pie in no time

Easy” and “delicious” are two terms that are often at odds in the culinary world. First-rate recipes often involve time-consuming marinating, spatchcocking, toasting, proofing, and any number of other complex ways to turn precious minutes (and hours) into deliciousness. This pumpkin pie recipe, created by Minneapolis photographer Becca Dilley, is a happy exception to the … [ Read more]

Best Suburban Drinking Streets Power Rankings

When it comes to assessing the drinks scene in Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul often suck the oxygen out of the room. And not without good reason, considering the wealth of mixological talent and the seemingly limitless number of beer taps behind Twin Cities bars. But, like a magician’s sleight of hand, while we’re distracted … [ Read more]

Order Up! Second chances for several restaurant locations

Updated October 10, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: This seems to be the year of … [ Read more]

The Heat is On: Chef Janene Holig is leading Hot Indian Foods through a period of intense growth

Hailing from Swanville, Minnesota, and of Scandinavian and Polish stock, Janene Holig is not anybody’s initial idea of an Indian chef. In fact, in 2013 when she tried out for the position of head chef for the soon-to-be-launched Hot Indian Foods, the cuisine of India was an almost-complete blank for her. “I’d never worked with … [ Read more]

The Coffee Wizard of Sister Bay: Ryan Castelaz ushers in the ‘Fourth Wave’ at Discourse Coffee

If you want to experience the most gonzo, balls-to-the-wall, experimental coffeehouse in the Upper Midwest, you are obligated to leave the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area and go for a drive into Wisconsin, to the village of Sister Bay on the Door County peninsula. Buried behind the town’s Piggly Wiggly supermarket in a hive-like collection of … [ Read more]

Review: The Best and Worst New Foods of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Growler’s review of the new foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair was supported by underwriting partner Save the Boundary Waters. Growler food editor James Norton was joined by writers Amy Rea and Maja Ingeman; photographers Becca Dilley, Brenda Johnson, Victoria Campbell, and Sarah McGee; and illustrator Terri Myers Wentzka.  Bristling with heat, spice, … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: A 15-stop dining excursion through Door County, Wis.

If you grew up vacationing in Door County in the ’80s and ’90s, you likely remember Wisconsin’s premiere vacation peninsula as being stuffed with classic supper clubs, superb cherry pie, fish boils, mediocre hot dogs and pizza, and little else. Time flies, and (in this case) it brings with it some wonderful changes. While the … [ Read more]

Up in Smoke: Alejandro Castillon is using the smoker at Prieto Taqueria to unite classic Mexican fare and global techniques

The fiery heart of Alejandro Castillon’s new restaurant is an Oyler Pit smoker big enough to be a sauna. “It’s probably the biggest in Minneapolis,” Castillon says. The monstrous red box can cook six or seven hogs at once and it sports a hood that could comfortably vent a burning SUV. The chef’s takeover of … [ Read more]

Boiling Point: The fiery Door County fish boil tradition has deep and native roots

It’s early June, and rain is falling near the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula. Despite the wet weather and a persistent wind, more than two dozen spectators are gathered together in a damp little community facing the water, awaiting the climax of a local ritual that dates back at least 350 years. At five … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Hudson, Wis., is more than just a pretty little city on the river – it’s also a treasure trove of good eats

This Whirlwind Tour was underwritten by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. The Growler retained editorial control of the content. Nestled beside the St. Croix River and standing athwart the I-94 Minnesota-Wisconsin border crossing, Hudson, Wisconsin, occupies an enviable patch of territory. It’s the metro’s first stopping point in Wisconsin (countless folks … [ Read more]

Northern Lights: Talent and ambition powers the dining room of Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail

Ask a handful of Minnesotans about going “up north” and you’ll probably get a cluster of different responses that share a few things in common. Up north isn’t a specific place, although many people have a place in mind. It’s not a where, it’s a what—a slower pace of life, a retreat from the lacerating … [ Read more]

Review: Delicious and divisive, Demi isn’t for everyone

It’s not difficult to understand why reservations for Demi are nearly impossible to come by—it’s a very small place that makes a very big promise. Dine at Demi and you get a concentrated, multi-course blast of the same intensely cosmopolitan hospitality that distinguishes its sister restaurants of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. If you choose … [ Read more]

Disturbing the Peace, Honoring the Place: Amy Huo is cooking farm-to-table in Eau Claire, damn the cost and consequences

Amy Huo will tell it to you straight: she isn’t the easiest person to work with. “I have an addiction to doing something new, even if I piss off everyone,” she laughs. As a food truck chef and entrepreneur, she has built her reputation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, by dishing farm-to-table food from her roving … [ Read more]