Where the Chefs Eat: 3 Minneapolis–St. Paul restaurateurs share their favorite dining spots

Nobody knows food like a chef, so it stands to reason that they’ve got strong opinions about where to eat. We talked to three well-known cooks in Minneapolis–St. Paul about where they like to dine and came up with a list of some remarkable restaurants that are worth a visit. Eddie Wu Eddie Wu is … [ Read more]

Order Up! Pimento Jamaican Kitchen finally opens in Keg and Case, O’Cheeze replacing Gazta Enhancements

Updated May 23, 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. THIS WEEK’S GYST: The ambitious new St. Paul food hall Keg and Case (which we explored at some length when it first opened in September, 2018) is evolving … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Key Lime Pie at Key West Bistro

Key lime pie isn’t a “thing” around here and there’s no particular reason for it to be one, either—Minnesota is a long haul from the lime’s typical habitat in Florida, Texas, Mexico, and California, and this kind of a joyfully tropical dessert doesn’t make a ton of sense amid our native landscape of pies. Plus, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jakeeno’s Favorite Pizza at Jakeeno’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Trendy restaurants-of-the-moment have a tendency to soak up the limelight, but there’s a patchwork quilt of neighborhood pizza spots that keep us fed on low-key weeknights and festively casual meals with friends and family. Jakeeno’s, in business … [ Read more]

Order Up! Good bye Fitzgerald’s, hello Fitz’s and food halls galore

Updated May 9, 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. RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months) Taco Arcada, 1910 … [ Read more]

Review: Delicious and divisive, Demi isn’t for everyone

It’s not difficult to understand why reservations for Demi are nearly impossible to come by—it’s a very small place that makes a very big promise. Dine at Demi and you get a concentrated, multi-course blast of the same intensely cosmopolitan hospitality that distinguishes its sister restaurants of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. If you choose … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Cedar Planked Salmon Salad Sandwich at Thirty Bales

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you don’t have any idea of what to expect on the food front when you truck out to Hopkins, Thirty Bales may surprise you. Established with the culinary chops of the team behind the deeply farm-to-table restaurant … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Kebab Roll at Elephant Bar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The newly opened Elephant Bar in St. Paul may just be the most beautiful under-the-radar spot now open in the metro—it’s a big, airy, well-lit place appointed with enough hardwood, lamps, and antique-y accents to outfit a … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: The food scene is booming in Eau Claire

Music festivals notwithstanding, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, isn’t generally considered a required stop for interstate travelers heading southeast from the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area. It’s too early to be a halfway point and it’s simple enough to blow past its exits. It’s time to reconsider that attitude. Eau Claire is the beating heart of the fertile … [ Read more]

Order Up! End of the road for Uptown’s Mevyn and legendary Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Updated April 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 food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. View our new timeline of the notable restaurant openings and … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Flamin’ Chicken Lunch Special at Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

One of the most interesting tangents during this month’s panel discussion on “Who Owns Asian Cuisine?” was Lat14 owner Ann Ahmed talking about her start in the business, at Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine in Brooklyn Park. The restaurant was, as she told it, deliberately accessible—food framed as Thai (rather than Lao) to welcome in as broad a … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pork Sticky Rice at Ha Tien Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s possible to get lunch at a fast food joint for $3, but you have to shop carefully, and you may have to redefine what, exactly, you mean by “lunch.” Ha Tien Super Market’s Xoi Man (“savory … [ Read more]

Order Up! Virtual golf restaurant coming to North Loop

Updated April 11, 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: In our February 28 edition of … [ Read more]

Minnesota Restaurant Openings and Closings in 2019: A Timeline

No one document can capture the complexity of the restaurant scene in Minnesota, which is still in the midst of historic expansion, and the rapid evolution of diner expectations as dollars shift from traditional white tablecloth experiences to more modern concepts. The timeline that follows is a continually updated snapshot of some of the most … [ Read more]

Who Owns Asian Food?

“When you realize a life was given so you could have life, it changes the way you live. It also changes the way you cook.” – Yia Vang, at the April 8, 2019 Lynhall panel discussion “Insiders or Outsiders: Who Owns Asian Food?”   The challenges of cooking Asian food in America defined a conversation … [ Read more]