The Iowa pork loin at The Original on 42nd is Hawkeye-approved






Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag. One of the easiest things to love about the Hawkeye State is the regional sandwich quirks. Iowa is the home of Maid-Rites, also called loose-meat sandwiches, which are just crumbled … [ Read more]

Saint Dinette’s quail is St. Paul’s underrated fried bird






Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag. You’ve no doubt already gorged on a certain fried bird up on Cathedral Hill, and as well you should have. But next time the urge strikes you, there’s one … [ Read more]

Chef Erick Harcey to open new, approachable South Minneapolis restaurant






South Minneapolis residents still toasting the news that Venn Brewing Company is opening a neighborhood taproom on the corner of 46th and Hiawatha have even more to celebrate today. James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Victory 44, The Dirty Bird, and Upton 43, Erick Harcey, is planning on opening a new, yet-to-be-named restaurant in The CAPP building, a … [ Read more]

StormKing Barbecue has the right mindset for brisket






Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag.  It’s a common refrain from Twin Cities diners, a problematic mindset, born of nostalgia for better plates in better cities. “The X in Minneapolis is nothing compared to the same in Y.” … [ Read more]

Tim McKee announces Market House Collaborative, a new food hall for Lowertown St. Paul






Chef, restaurateur, and current fishmonger Tim McKee, flanked by chef Lenny Russo, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, chatted Wednesday afternoon with a group of reporters about McKee’s upcoming Lowertown project, Market House Collaborative. “I grew up in St. Paul. I’ve always had a special affinity for St. Paul,” McKee said. “I’ve been watching the … [ Read more]

Plate of the Week: Artisan Sandwich at Rise Bagel Co.






A dreary Wednesday morning. Downtown Minneapolis clogged with diverted highway traffic fighting through lane closures on every street. And then the rain enters the mix—grinding the sluggish, honking mess of cars to a halt. The antidote: bagels. Real bagels. Not those puffy, bagel-shaped dough cakes that pass for bagels around here. I’m talking burnished on the top, close-textured, but … [ Read more]

Plate of the Week: Union Kitchen’s ‘w/Purple Sticky Rice’






First, the colors. A massive mound of purple sticky rice. On either side, cups of red Tiger Bite sauce and green scallion sauce. An orange tangle of carrot and daikon dressed in vinegar. Then, grilled sausage in small patties and meat on a skewer. Next, ditch your silverware—grab at it, swipe some meat, pinch some rice, drizzle … [ Read more]

Pull into Town Hall Station, Edina’s new craft beer bar and restaurant, starting June 16






The Town Hall family is expecting. With sibling locations—Town Hall Brewery (Seven Corners, just east of downtown Minneapolis), Town Hall Tap (South Minneapolis), and Town Hall Lanes (also in South Minneapolis)—the new Town Hall Station is set to open June 16 in Edina as a casual beer bar and restaurant. Located at 4500 Valley View … [ Read more]

Dining in Stereo: Uncanned Music is designing the ideal musical experience for restaurants






Scott McNiece is trying to keep the art of conversation alive, one meal at a time. Working out of an art gallery in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, McNiece runs Uncanned Music. The goal of his “ambiance music and sound design company” is to enhance the experiences had by diners and drinkers at restaurants. McNiece and his … [ Read more]

Kyatchi will replace Tanpopo in Lowertown St. Paul






The shuttering of Tanpopo left a kimchi nabe-sized hole in Lowertown. But good news on its successor: Kyatchi is expanding to St. Paul. Siblings Sarah and Sam Peterson, along with chef Hide Tozawa, and consultants Kim Bartmann and Anne Saxton, announced today that they will open a second location of their Eat Street sushi house on … [ Read more]

Surly closing Brewer’s Table, Chef Jorge Guzman to stay in MSP






Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune is reporting that Surly Brewing plans to close its fine dining concept, Brewer’s Table, on August 5. The restaurant won several plaudits in its two years, including a spot among Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants in the country for 2016. Surly’s owner, Omar Ansari, cited financial … [ Read more]

Heggies Pizza teaming with Doug Flicker on new chef-inspired pies






A revered Twin Cities chef is teaming up with a legendary Minnesota frozen pizza brand to bring you a series of chef-inspired pies. Having closed the doors of his beloved Piccolo in March, Doug Flicker has been serving as the executive chef of the esteemed Esker Grove in the Walker Art Center, while simultaneously working on revamping South … [ Read more]

Watch the MN Original segment on Upton 43 Chef Erick Harcey






On Sunday night, Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Original profiled their first-ever chef, Upton 43’s Erick Harcey, whose food is rooted in his family history and rural Minnesota upbringing. Watch the segment below to get to know one of the the Twin Cities’ most well-renowned culinary craftsmen.

Sandwich shop planned for old Colossal Cafe space






Now that Colossal Cafe has opened their new digs on 38th Street, people may be wondering what’s in store for its original space at 1839 East 42nd Street. On Wednesday afternoon, Colossal Cafe’s owners, Carrie, John and Elizabeth Tinucci, announced the new concept for the old location—it’s The Original on 42nd. The sandwich shop will be helmed … [ Read more]

Centro is testing tacos from the Wyn65 truck






We spied the Wyn65 food truck out last Saturday, vending on Quincy Street outside the future home of Popol Vuh and Centro. The dual-concept restaurant from Lyn65 chef Jose Alcaron is targeting an October opening. For now in the Winnebago, they’re testing out tacos—we inhaled a couple lamb barbacoas—and papas chingonas, fries smothered in chipotle mayo and queso fresco. … [ Read more]