Order Up! As we enter the New Year, we say goodbye to some long-time favorite restaurants

Updated January 2, 2020 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: New Year’s may mark new beginnings … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef and Meatball Pho at Viet-Tien Market

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s often something magical about those tiny deli-style eateries inside of first-generation marketplaces—whatever they lack in polish, they tend to make up with a combination of big flavors and reasonable prices. Think Dong Yang in Northeast Minneapolis, which … [ Read more]

A Star is Born: Estelle dazzles with Iberian- and Italian-inspired fare

Whatever else you eat at Estelle, you’ll come back for the pastéis de nata. When these humble-looking, eggy little custard tarts hit the table at the new Spanish-Portuguese-Italian spot in the former Bottle Rocket space in St. Paul, they might not look like much, but they will put a hook in you. These perfectly flaky … [ Read more]

New Wave, Old School: With Due Focacceria, Eric Carrara leverages tradition to define the future

The crunch of a cannoli at St. Paul’s Due Focacceria really resonates. It’s not just a question of the shell, which is wrapped around a form, fried to a crispy, bubbled tube, and then filled to order. And it’s not just a question of the perfectly textured miniature chocolate chips that stud the lemon-zested cannoli … [ Read more]

Supatra’s Thai Cuisine to Close December 28

We’re all Crying Tigers at Growler HQ today: Supatra’s Thai Cuisine will be ending its 15-year run on West 7th Street on Saturday, December 28. A sign posted at Supatra this morning reads: “We have accepted an offer to sell our business and we want to express our gratitude for the support we have received … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Black Pudding Scotch Egg at Merlins Rest Pub

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The Scotch Egg—which probably originated in England, not Scotland—traditionally consists of a hard- or soft-boiled egg wrapped in seasoned ground pork sausage, coated in bread crumbs, baked or deep-fried and then served cold. Still popular on starter menus … [ Read more]

Matty O’Reilly’s restaurant group unveils $99/month subscription dining plan

Why pay a bunch of checks at your favorite restaurants when you could just pay a single subscription fee, instead? Restaurateur Matty O’Reilly debuted this week a novel subscription model of dining which would let subscribers eat as much as one entree per day at any of his restaurants for a monthly cost of $99, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Fried Rice at Cheng’s Garden

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If all you’re looking for is good, old-fashioned, slightly greasy, workaday delicious fried rice, get ready to be disappointed. A lot. We’ve ordered it (with chicken) dozens of times over the past decade or so, and the dish … [ Read more]

Minnesota Taco Atlas Update: Prieto’s tempura, El Kevin’s tripas, and the existential quandary of the Lone Spur Grill

We’ve added 12 new entries to our Minnesota Taco Atlas—bringing the grand total in this compendium of carnitas and barbacoa to 82 spots around the Twin Cities Metro. A few thoughts on our recent additions: Prieto Taqueria Bar, Lyn-Lake Minneapolis We didn’t know that Alejandro Castillon could come up with a better shrimp tempura taco … [ Read more]

Order Up! Birchwood Cafe and the Minnesota Farmers Union look to build on their State Fair success in the Spoonriver space

Updated December 5, 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 loss of locally-focused Spoonriver felt … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Egg Sandwich at Sando at Lawless Distilling Company

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We are big believers in sandwiches—they’re affordable, portable, and when prepared correctly, capable of delivering all the thrills of an upscale entree with none of the pretense. So when we heard that Louie Lafleur (of Bittercube) and Jeff … [ Read more]

A Nice Day to Start Again: Testing the Reboots of 3 Minnesota Restaurants

The food industry is famously brutal and when a restaurant closes up shop, it doesn’t typically rise to fight again another day. But 2019 has seen a number of high-profile restaurants shut down, retool, and then give it another go. We tested three: Lucky Cricket, JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar, and the Delicata to Foxtrot Burger … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Biscuits and Gravy at Cobblestone Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. What makes a good order of biscuits and gravy? Travel to White Bear Lake and dine at the Cobblestone Cafe, and you’ll find one satisfying answer to that question. The Cobblestone Cafe is about as casual as it … [ Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Food

Country flavors, quality ‘Q, and numerous reboots define a busy culinary year in Minnesota Some years it can be hard to make much sense of the “food story” in any given place. Restaurants open and close, people come and go, and patterns seem faint or downright illusory. 2019 was not one of those years. 2019 … [ Read more]

Paul Berglund’s Fat Noodle pop-up in Rochester is a Tour de Force

A Chef on the Move Any Minnesotan who loves fine food already knows chef Paul Berglund, whose work at The Bachelor Farmer was instrumental in putting that North Loop landmark on the map. Berglund spent some time working with Ann Kim’s restaurant group before moving this year down to Rochester where he worked with Fiddlehead … [ Read more]

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