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]

Order Up! Is Rosedale Mall’s food hall reboot going to be made of sturdier stuff?

Updated September 25, 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: The upcoming re-opening of the food … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pajarito Aguachile

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We wrote about aguachile in the not-so-distant past as part of our epic chile feature and it has since occupied a small but important corner of our collective heart. As a way to show off the delicate sweetness … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Grilled Pork Banh Mi at Bread and Boba

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Since its opening last year, Keg and Case has been seeking the right balance between high-flying luxury food, food-adjacent vendors, and salt-of-the-earth accessible eateries, with the last of those three getting the short end of the stick. But … [ Read more]

Order Up! Graze Provisions sets the Internet ablaze

Updated September 13, 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 the best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: The opening of Graze Provisions + … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Quarter Rack of Ribs at The Rib Cage

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Let’s dispense with the gritty part first: If you’re coming from Minneapolis–St. Paul, it’s a long drive to Osseo, Minnesota. For the entirety of our 40-minute ride, we asked ourselves: Is there really much of a chance that … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chongqing Spicy Noodle Soup at Magic Noodle

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It should go without saying that there’s something tremendously appetizing about seeing your carbs made right before your eyes at a restaurant, be they bread, noodles, cake, or what-have-you. That said, it’s all too rare to get the … [ Read more]

Country Flavor: New London’s Model Citizen is poised to shape the future of Minnesota food

Minnesota cooks are going wild. Established chefs laden with talent are packing up their knives and fleeing Minneapolis–St. Paul. From Moose Bear Wolf in Ely to Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail, and from the Falls Landing supper club in Cannon Falls to Willard’s in Cambridge, chefs with the chops and drive to make it … [ Read more]

Bold New Farmer: A renewed Bachelor Farmer is positively vibrant

Since its 2011 debut, The Bachelor Farmer has been among Minnesota’s most ambitious restaurants, combining a loose Scandinavian aesthetic with a farm-to-table mandate. In the years since opening, the restaurant has settled into a comfortable niche: a polished, reliable, Scandi-cute fixture of the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Even with the presence of the co-located … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Number Six Sandwich at Zettas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There is nothing quite like the newly opened Zettas sandwich shop on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. All of its sandwiches are subtle variations of the same thing, and all of them hinge on the use of light-as-a-feather toasted … [ Read more]

Review: The Best and Worst New Foods of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Growler’s review of the new foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair was supported by underwriting partner Save the Boundary Waters. Growler food editor James Norton was joined by writers Amy Rea and Maja Ingeman; photographers Becca Dilley, Brenda Johnson, Victoria Campbell, and Sarah McGee; and illustrator Terri Myers Wentzka.  Bristling with heat, spice, … [ Read more]