Bite of the Week: Spam Musubi at United Noodles

Some of our favorite foods are syncretic—think chicken tikka masala, the Door County fish boil, tacos al pastor, or even banh mi pizza. By slamming together two or more cultures, you can come out with something equal to or greater than the sum of its parts. One of the most underrated gems of this genre is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Regular Tibs at Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Worth the wait” is a phrase of supreme culinary importance. A lot of flavors can only be developed with time: long marinades; gentle, low-temperature trips through a smoker; or endless simmering are but a few examples. Add to … [ Read more]

Holding Court: For 30 years, the family-run Keefer Court has defined Chinese baking in Minnesota

Michelle Kwan can’t leave the kitchen. She’s nearly perfected a green tea cake. With a couple of tweaks, she can claim victory and move on to new challenges: a black sesame cake, a taro cake, a vegan BBQ “pork” bun. Even when she leaves her culinary laboratory, her mind stays with her experiments. “I come … [ 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]

Bite of the Week: Curd Burger at Oly’s Roadhouse

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. When chef J.D. Fratzke took over culinary operations at the ambitiously expanding Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls, a thought struck him: Oly’s Roadhouse, the plaza’s casual dining operation, had a rippingly hot stone oven, and there’s no reason … [ Read more]

Falls Landing at Artisan Plaza marks a new chapter for JD Fratzke and for Cannon Falls

I’ve always wanted a restaurant that had a canoe as part of the decor,” says JD Fratzke. Fratzke, one of Minnesota’s best-known chefs and a Growler contributing writer, has always led a dual existence: tethered to the fire and knives of the restaurant kitchen, sure, but also escaping as often as he can manage to … [ Read more]

Order Up! Prepare Your Stretchy Pants, the New State Fair Foods Are Announced

Updated June 20, 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 announcement of the Minnesota State Fair’s new … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Nigiri Sampler at Gohan Sushi

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Good sushi is hard to come by. The number of places in the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul metro that do it reliably can be counted on your fingers, perhaps even the fingers of one hand. We wrote recently about … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Sandwich at Sandcastle

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The thing that sets a great sandwich apart from a merely good one is a sense of balance. It’s a truth that you grasp when you bite into the BBQ pork sandwich at Sandcastle, on Lake Nokomis. While … [ Read more]

Order Up! Falls Landing nearing its opening at Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls

Updated June 6, 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 GYST: The upcoming opening this summer of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Biryani at Persis Biryani Indian Grill

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. When we walked into Persis Biryani Indian Grill, a small-chain strip mall Indian restaurant in Eagan, we weren’t sure if they were still a going concern. The AC was cranked to provide a walk-in fridge-like atmosphere (on a … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pork Tacos at Casa Lupita in White Bear Lake

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. White Bear Lake’s Casa Lupita is a taco joint that straddles two worlds. It offers some familiar Mexican styles of taco, but also tacos described simply as “chicken” or “pork.” And it offers classic toppings (onions, cilantro) … [ 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]

Where the Chefs Eat: 3 Minneapolis–St. Paul restaurateurs share their favorite dining spots

Nobody knows food like a chef, so it stands to reason that they’ve got strong opinions about where to eat. We talked to three well-known cooks in Minneapolis–St. Paul about where they like to dine and came up with a list of some remarkable restaurants that are worth a visit. Eddie Wu Eddie Wu is … [ Read more]

Order Up! Pimento Jamaican Kitchen finally opens in Keg and Case, O’Cheeze replacing Gazta Enhancements

Updated May 23, 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. THIS WEEK’S GYST: The ambitious new St. Paul food hall Keg and Case (which we explored at some length when it first opened in September, 2018) is evolving … [ Read more]

A BLIND TASTING BEER FESTIVAL

Taste & Rate
48 Hazy IPAs

July 18, 2019 | 5:30–9:00pm
Upper Landing Park, St. Paul