Food Features

Four Minnesotans are 2019 James Beard finalists

The finalists for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced from Houston this morning, and four Minnesotans have punched their ticket to … [Read More...]

A Tale of Two Butcher Shops: In a society where meat is usually mundane, two Minneapolis businesses break the mold

A friend called us recently, raving about a local butcher shop. She’d never been to one before and she spoke with all the gushy enthusiasm of the … [Read More...]

Dollars to Dumplings: Tim Niver’s relentless hustle keeps his culinary mini-empire current and profitable

If you watch Tim Niver casually assemble an order of bucatini all’amatriciana, you might easily mistake him for a chef. “I love that browning effect … [Read More...]

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Restaurant News

Bite of the Week: Pork Sticky Rice at Ha Tien Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s possible to get lunch at a fast food … [Read More...]

Order Up! Virtual golf restaurant coming to North Loop

Updated April 11, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler's ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future … [Read More...]

Minnesota Restaurant Openings and Closings in 2019: A Timeline

No one document can capture the complexity of the restaurant scene in Minnesota, which is still in the midst of historic expansion, and the rapid … [Read More...]

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Recipes & Education

Who Owns Asian Food?

“When you realize a life was given so you could have life, it changes the way you live. It also changes the way you cook.” - Yia Vang, at the April 8, 2019 Lynhall panel discussion “Insiders or Outsiders: Who Owns Asian Food?”   The … [Read More...]

New City, Great Grub: Tracking down the best eats in a strange place

Having good “restaurant radar” is a wonderful thing for anyone who loves to travel and eat—it means that you can parachute into just about any new city and dine well. As a professional food writer, I’ve spent years honing my ability to guess my way … [Read More...]

Recipe for Reinvention: For Doug Flicker, Bull’s Horn is a revolt against his own success—and a return to his roots

If you walk into Bull’s Horn in South Minneapolis on the right night, and the scene hits you just the right way, you’ll experience a sudden, giddy rush of confusion. It’s not any single thing—it’s all the details taken in at once: the bubble hockey … [Read More...]

Cold Waves, Hot Ramen: Wherein the Boundary Waters sets its hook in the soul of a Minnesota chef

This is the debut of Off the Map, a column by chef J.D. Fratzke. It appears monthly at growlermag.com and occasionally in print. Wells was stripped to his skivvies and running in place, every inch of his skin the color of raspberry bubble gum. … [Read More...]

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