Whirlwind Tour: Minneapolis Skyway Dining

To an infrequent visitor, the streets of downtown Minneapolis can seem cold and sterile. Where any other city’s core would be filled with the bustle of crowds on the sidewalks and in the crosswalks, Minneapolis’ downtown looks suspiciously like the set of “I Am Legend.” This, we contend, is simply because the casual visitor does … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Maverick’s Real Roast Beef Sandwich

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Is it back? Or did it never really leave us? The Roast Beef Sandwich ($7) at Maverick’s in Roseville was the item that made the restaurant’s reputation over its nearly 20-year lifespan from 1999‒2018. And now that the … [ Read more]

Order Up! The latest restaurant openings, closings, and future openings

Updated January 17, 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 biggest news this week comes … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Baked Alaska at P.S. Steak

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There are few rosters in modern dining that are as worthless as the dessert menu at a steakhouse. As if your wallet hasn’t been gouged enough, and your gullet weren’t already stuffed full of salt, starch, and buttery … [ Read more]

The Fast and the Flavorful: 5 rapid, high-impact office lunch spots

Quick: It’s Wednesday, it’s noon, and your six-person team wants to bounce off campus and grab something inspiring for lunch. Where do you go? The challenge, of course, is a balancing act. You want food that’s fast enough to accommodate a 30-minute lunch “hour,” but you also want flavors that are big and bold. You … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Bacon-Wrapped Dates at Feller

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Do appetizers get any more square than bacon-wrapped dates? These little Disco Era nuggets have been circulating for decades and they’ve earned a bad reputation along the way—too dry, too stringy, and too utterly played out. That they … [ Read more]

Order Up! The latest restaurant openings, closings, and future openings

Updated January 3, 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: A couple of jumbo-sized closings in Minneapolis … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Sloppy Hot Paisano at The Little Oven

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you write about food for long enough, your eyes start to adjust and you can actually start seeing the scene clearly. What was once a small constellation of bright, newly formed, trendy restaurants fades to a more … [ Read more]

Review: Colita’s Many Charms Are Tough to Resist

Daniel Del Prado’s two restaurants may be sisters, but they aren’t identical twins. Martina has made a mark for itself in Linden Hills with its mirror-polished sheen of upscale glamor; Colita is newer and offers more funk. Colita is less “art reception” and more “party!”, a bit less seafood and considerably more masa, less polish … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Empanadas at Boludo

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. White subway tile on the wall; Latin pop blasting across the counter directly at the customers; cramped quarters; service that could be described as “relaxed.” All of Boludo’s atmospherics, plus an enticing bakery-like display of empanadas, suggest to … [ Read more]

For Minnesota’s Restaurant Scene, 2018 Was a Hell of a Year

The state of independent restaurants in Minnesota in 2018 is not merely strong; it’s exceptionally strong. A number of high-profile openings and announced expansions leave diners with a glittering galaxy of choices that will only continue to brighten as we move into 2019. First and foremost: Carefully curated mini-empires are expanding incrementally and wisely to … [ Read more]

Minnesota Restaurant Openings and Closing in 2018

The restaurant business is famously volatile, and 2018 in Minnesota was par for the course—dozens of high-profile spots opened or closed their doors in an environment rife with change. But the continued shift of entertainment dollars into dining is still paying dividends for the industry, and openings outnumbered closings as an already lively scene gathered … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Cubano at Guavas Cuban Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The closure earlier this year of the restaurant Xavi was rightfully hailed as a sad event, but there’s a big silver lining to that particular cloud. The Xavi space at 56th and Chicago Avenue has become Guavas, a … [ Read more]

Review: (Un)Lucky Cricket

Lucky Cricket is a cautionary tale for building a restaurant on a foundation of contradictions There may be no less lucky way to launch a major new Midwestern Chinese restaurant than categorically describing your mom-and-pop competition as “horseshit.” But that’s the tack world traveler and TV personality Andrew Zimmern took while launching his St. Louis … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Margherita Pizza at The Dough Room

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The Dough Room is one of those places that make you wonder what, exactly, is going on in the ritzy suburb of Wayzata. It’s a pasta-and-pizza place, but its appearance is almost entirely unlike your classic red sauce … [ Read more]