Falls Landing at Artisan Plaza marks a new chapter for JD Fratzke and for Cannon Falls

I’ve always wanted a restaurant that had a canoe as part of the decor,” says JD Fratzke. Fratzke, one of Minnesota’s best-known chefs and a Growler contributing writer, has always led a dual existence: tethered to the fire and knives of the restaurant kitchen, sure, but also escaping as often as he can manage to … [ Read more]

Order Up! Prepare Your Stretchy Pants, the New State Fair Foods Are Announced

Updated June 20, 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 announcement of the Minnesota State Fair’s new … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Nigiri Sampler at Gohan Sushi

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Good sushi is hard to come by. The number of places in the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul metro that do it reliably can be counted on your fingers, perhaps even the fingers of one hand. We wrote recently about … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Sandwich at Sandcastle

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The thing that sets a great sandwich apart from a merely good one is a sense of balance. It’s a truth that you grasp when you bite into the BBQ pork sandwich at Sandcastle, on Lake Nokomis. While … [ Read more]

Order Up! Falls Landing nearing its opening at Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls

Updated June 6, 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 GYST: The upcoming opening this summer of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Biryani at Persis Biryani Indian Grill

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. When we walked into Persis Biryani Indian Grill, a small-chain strip mall Indian restaurant in Eagan, we weren’t sure if they were still a going concern. The AC was cranked to provide a walk-in fridge-like atmosphere (on a … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pork Tacos at Casa Lupita in White Bear Lake

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. White Bear Lake’s Casa Lupita is a taco joint that straddles two worlds. It offers some familiar Mexican styles of taco, but also tacos described simply as “chicken” or “pork.” And it offers classic toppings (onions, cilantro) … [ Read more]

Northern Lights: Talent and ambition powers the dining room of Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail

Ask a handful of Minnesotans about going “up north” and you’ll probably get a cluster of different responses that share a few things in common. Up north isn’t a specific place, although many people have a place in mind. It’s not a where, it’s a what—a slower pace of life, a retreat from the lacerating … [ Read more]

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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]