Bite of the Week: Beef Pastor Taco at Las Tortillas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. One of the wonderful things about compiling a massive compendium of taquerias is that, time and time again, you keep encountering new twists on dishes you thought you understood. Take for example, the beef pastor taco of Las … [ Read more]

Order Up! It’s the Great Minnesotan Bake-Off

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: There seems to be no limit to Minnesota’s interest in … [ Read more]

Review: St. Paul’s Monkey Temple Honors a Divine Portfolio of Dishes

Monkey Temple is an improbable restaurant with a richly evocative name. This tribute to Indian and Anglo-American fare sits on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul at the base of The Grove apartments, flanked by Hot Hands, a neatly turned-out sweet and savory pie shop. The menu is a blend of Anglo-American favorites (lamb stew with Yorkshire pudding, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Eight-Piece Chicken Bucket at The Coop

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you’ve never been to South St. Paul, here’s an easy excuse—a charming independent fried chicken restaurant called The Coop. It’s the epitome of a neighborhood joint, tricked out in vintage signs and, on our visit at least, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jackfruit Taco at Mean Miner’s Smoke Street Tacos

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Everything about the branding for Mean Miner’s Smoked Street Tacos suggests that you’re going to be in for a competent, if at least partially commodified experience—the restaurant has all the slick, professional allure of a Chipotle or R … [ Read more]

King of Croissants: Marc Heu’s University Avenue patisserie sells paradise by the slice

There is often a line to get into Marc Heu Patisserie Paris. The pastry shop occupies a wonky split level space that has hosted a rotating cast of short-lived restaurants, and it sits on a stretch of University Avenue that’s laden with businesses that pack a bit less sex appeal: a mortuary, social services offices, … [ Read more]

Review: Welcome to Willards – Cambridge’s fine dining star is a community space to savor

For anyone who has followed the story of chef Erick Harcey’s career, a dinner at Willards in Cambridge, Minnesota, feels like the richly deserved product of years of effort and evolution. From his time at Victory 44 in North Minneapolis to the breakout effort at Parka on East Lake Street to the briefly shining high-end … [ Read more]

Order Up! Pomp and Flash and Steak at Rosedale’s Baldamar

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: Is there life still left in the steakhouse format? The pomp … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pho’s heartier, lesser-known cousin, Bún bò Huế, at Co Tu

Co Tu is refreshingly simple. Tucked in a Bloomington strip mall with a leather shop and a liquor store, they don’t pull you in with gimmicks—they just make good food. With an intoxicating aroma and only a handful of tables, eating here feels like you have discovered a secret treasure, because you have. Bún bò … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Vegan Szechuan Rice Bowl at Pat’s Tap

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The inaugural Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge is on, running from September 20 through October 20, pitting a host of local chefs against one another in a friendly competition to create the most popular (as decided by public … [ 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]

Bite of the Week: Egg rolls at Eggroll Queen Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you step through the portal of one particular hodgepodge coffee shop / art gallery / pizza restaurant on Hamline Avenue in Falcon Heights, you’ll find yourself in the company of egg roll royalty. The takeover of Underground … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Mexican American Burger at A & B Hamburgers

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Going on its name alone, you’d never guess that Plymouth’s A & B Hamburgers was a Mexican American restaurant, but as soon as you’re through the door, you’re welcomed by a lo-fi photo menu adorned with fajita platters … [ 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 Chilito is Dead, Long Live the Chilito

There are some favorite childhood foods that stay with you all your life—the way they smelled and tasted, their texture, and all the times and places you ate them become indelible memories. These are the foods we chase down as adults and enthusiastically foist on our family and friends. To eat them again is joyful … [ Read more]