Bite of the Week: The Classic Cheeseburger at Home Street Home Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Burgers come in as many variations as there are stars in the sky, achieving deliciousness (or crashing and burning) in countless ways. There’s a lot in play: the quality and size of the bun, the seasoning and fat … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Our 10-stop dining roadtrip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

With Duluth, Madison, and Fargo-Moorhead easily road-trippable from the Twin Cities metro, it’s understandable that Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gets overlooked. This surprisingly big little city is part of a metro area of around 260,000 people and it’s just a donut’s throw from southwestern Minnesota. Sioux Falls was founded contemporaneously with Minneapolis and St. Paul, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Falafel at Fig + Farro

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Change is afoot at Fig + Farro, the stylish eatery in Uptown’s Calhoun Square. The restaurant recently hired chef Charlie Baez (who has worked at The Copper Hen, Young Joni, and Grand Cafe), and he has—as of this … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Crab Oscar Benedict at Benedict’s Morning Heroes

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Eggs Benedict is one of those things in the culinary world that seems fairly self-explanatory but—in fact—contains a world of complexity. The basic elements are clear: English muffins, poached eggs, thin slices of ham or Canadian bacon (or … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Apple Cinnamon Donuts at Apple Jack Orchard

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. You’ve got less than month to get out to an orchard and drink in the pure glorious beauty of an Upper Midwestern autumn, and we highly recommend that you consider Apple Jack Orchard in Delano, Minnesota, as … [ Read more]

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]