Bite of the Week: Ribs and Wings Combo at Smoke in the Pit

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The beauty of a combo order is not having to compromise. There’s a lot to be said for smoked wings, but ribs are the traditional barbecue go-to. What the (take-out only) menu at Smoke in the Pit … [ Read more]

Order Up! Gavin Kaysen’s much-heralded Demi opens Friday night

Updated February 14, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: The much-heralded Demi, the third restaurant … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chef’s Special Dry Chili Chicken at Lao Sze Chuan

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Chinese food fans who frequent University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus have a lot to keep track of—the lively scene includes mainstays like Hong Kong Noodles and Tea House as well as numerous newcomers. The latest development is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef Pho at Pho Lodge

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s highly likely that Maplewood’s Pho Lodge is the only restaurant in Minnesota that features housemade bowls of pho and taxidermied squirrels on the walls. In fact, it’s entirely possible that Pho Lodge is the only restaurant worldwide that … [ Read more]

Behold: Land of 10,000 Tacos!

It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we live in a taco paradise. Legitimate taquerias—shops that make soulful, beautiful, ravishingly delicious food—are scattered all over the metro area and beyond, but they have a tendency to blend into the background. Their marketing and decor aren’t always as polished as the food, which … [ Read more]

Order Up! The latest restaurant openings, closing, and future openings

Updated January 31, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: The depth of a Minnesota winter … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Brisket Sandwich at Jellybean and Julia’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Most good food is a craft, repeatable and reasonably straightforward and produced by an attentive crew following thoughtful procedures. And then there’s barbecue. Its “simplicity”—rub large piece of meat with spices, apply heat, and smoke—conceals its complexity. A … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Minneapolis Skyway Dining

To an infrequent visitor, the streets of downtown Minneapolis can seem cold and sterile. Where any other city’s core would be filled with the bustle of crowds on the sidewalks and in the crosswalks, Minneapolis’ downtown looks suspiciously like the set of “I Am Legend.” This, we contend, is simply because the casual visitor does … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Maverick’s Real Roast Beef Sandwich

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Is it back? Or did it never really leave us? The Roast Beef Sandwich ($7) at Maverick’s in Roseville was the item that made the restaurant’s reputation over its nearly 20-year lifespan from 1999‒2018. And now that the … [ Read more]

Order Up! The latest restaurant openings, closings, and future openings

Updated January 17, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: The biggest news this week comes … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Baked Alaska at P.S. Steak

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There are few rosters in modern dining that are as worthless as the dessert menu at a steakhouse. As if your wallet hasn’t been gouged enough, and your gullet weren’t already stuffed full of salt, starch, and buttery … [ Read more]

The Fast and the Flavorful: 5 rapid, high-impact office lunch spots

Quick: It’s Wednesday, it’s noon, and your six-person team wants to bounce off campus and grab something inspiring for lunch. Where do you go? The challenge, of course, is a balancing act. You want food that’s fast enough to accommodate a 30-minute lunch “hour,” but you also want flavors that are big and bold. You … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Bacon-Wrapped Dates at Feller

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Do appetizers get any more square than bacon-wrapped dates? These little Disco Era nuggets have been circulating for decades and they’ve earned a bad reputation along the way—too dry, too stringy, and too utterly played out. That they … [ Read more]

Order Up! The latest restaurant openings, closings, and future openings

Updated January 3, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: A couple of jumbo-sized closings in Minneapolis … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Sloppy Hot Paisano at The Little Oven

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you write about food for long enough, your eyes start to adjust and you can actually start seeing the scene clearly. What was once a small constellation of bright, newly formed, trendy restaurants fades to a more … [ Read more]