Bite of the Week: The Teasers at Tongue in Cheek

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. This week’s Bite of the Week is five for the price of one. If you go to St. Paul’s Tongue in Cheek restaurant, you can order a collection of five amuse-bouches for … [ Read more]

Gavin Kaysen will get local with a new restaurant, Demi

Chef-owner Gavin Kaysen is among the few who set the bar for fine dining in Minnesota. He opened the massively ambitious Spoon and Stable in 2014 and was swamped with buckets of accolades; Bellecour, which followed in 2017, has similarly garnered good reviews and upped the game for dining in the western suburbs. Both spots … [ Read more]

Review: Hyacinth’s Debut is Crisp, Collected, and Charming

Hyacinth has got the glow. It’s one of those restaurant things that just happens once in a while: think of Martina, or Hai Hai, or Saint Dinette. The vibes are good, the rumors are all cheerful, and once the doors are open, all the buzz is positive. And then you go, and: yep, the hype … [ Read more]

‘Chef Incubator’ food trailer coming to Sociable Cider Werks

One of the trickiest angles in the world of taprooms and cocktail rooms is the integration of food. The right eats can entice guests to come back for a second, or third, or fourth beverage as a quick nip unfolds into a pleasant meal. The contrary is also true: Working with food trucks that serve … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Banh Mi Pizza at Red Wagon Pizza Co.

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. It’s a pretty familiar trick: You name a thing—a burger, a pizza, a sandwich—after a totally unrelated thing as an excuse to steal some of its flavors. When you order a … [ Read more]

Bayfield or Bust: Our 10-Stop Dining Roadtrip to Wisconsin’s South Shore

If you’re one of the thousands of people heading north and east to Wisconsin’s famous Bayfield Apple Festival this weekend, wear some stretchy pants—the crescent-shaped land of Chequamegon Bay has a lot more than fruit to offer its visitors. The South Shore community is relatively small—about 30,000 people living in the coastal counties of Ashland and … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Tacos at Animales Barbecue

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad.  One of the hallmark joys in the major culinary capitals of the South is one’s ability to find excellent meats in unlikely places. A random outing in Tucson, Austin, New Orleans, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Hawaiian Grilled Cheese at All Square

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad.  The newly opened All Square in South Minneapolis is an unconventional spot. First and foremost, it’s more than a restaurant: it’s also a self-described institute dedicated to ensuring that “formerly incarcerated … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Hot Fudge Sundae at Sweet Chow Ice Cream Shop

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad.  It takes a lot for a hot fudge sundae to make it onto our radar; this classic American dessert is omnipresent and rarely better than “pretty good,” as mid-rate ice cream … [ Read more]

5 bites from the newly opened Keg & Case West 7th Market

The newly opened Keg & Case market on West 7th has the potential to become St. Paul’s answer to Chelsea Market in Manhattan, the Ferry Building in San Francisco, or the North Market in Columbus, Ohio. The natural breadth and height of the former Schmidt Brewery complex has been filled with an ambitious combination of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: French Toast at Highland Grill

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. Other than scrambled eggs, there may be no breakfast item more forgettable and less celebrated than plain old French toast. What is it, really? Bread soaked in eggs and milk (or … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Oki Dog at Lil Jam

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. The hard-hustling Wadi Brothers (Sameh and Saed) are at it again. After strong roll-outs of Saffron (R.I.P.), World Street Kitchen, and Grand Catch, the brothers and their crew have taken over the … [ Read more]

Raw Talent: The new St. Paul chef collective just/us creates wild coursed meals

Everyone loves to talk about the so-called rock star chef—young, brash, arrogant, a servant only to their own wild imagination—but truthfully there aren’t too many of them around. For the most part, restaurants aren’t stages that play host to wild performances. They’re businesses with carefully calculated margins that represent a holy covenant between the investors … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Mango Coconut Creme Pie Puff at Edwards Dessert Kitchen

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. Edwards Dessert Kitchen is so perfectly situated in its place (the North Loop) and time (2018) that it would be hard to design anything more nestled into its niche: It has … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour of Five Independent Eateries in Woodbury

When you enter the suburb of Woodbury from I-94, one of the first things that strikes your eye is the city’s profusion of chain restaurants: Five Guys, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Perkins, Little Caesar’s, and so on, from strip mall to shopping center to apartment complex. But like most metro suburbs, once you drag a … [ Read more]