Order Up! Is Rosedale Mall’s food hall reboot going to be made of sturdier stuff?

Updated September 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 [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 upcoming re-opening of the food … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pajarito Aguachile

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We wrote about aguachile in the not-so-distant past as part of our epic chile feature and it has since occupied a small but important corner of our collective heart. As a way to show off the delicate sweetness … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Grilled Pork Banh Mi at Bread and Boba

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Since its opening last year, Keg and Case has been seeking the right balance between high-flying luxury food, food-adjacent vendors, and salt-of-the-earth accessible eateries, with the last of those three getting the short end of the stick. But … [ Read more]

Order Up! Graze Provisions sets the Internet ablaze

Updated September 13, 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 the best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. THIS WEEK’S GIST: The opening of Graze Provisions + … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Quarter Rack of Ribs at The Rib Cage

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Let’s dispense with the gritty part first: If you’re coming from Minneapolis–St. Paul, it’s a long drive to Osseo, Minnesota. For the entirety of our 40-minute ride, we asked ourselves: Is there really much of a chance that … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chongqing Spicy Noodle Soup at Magic Noodle

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It should go without saying that there’s something tremendously appetizing about seeing your carbs made right before your eyes at a restaurant, be they bread, noodles, cake, or what-have-you. That said, it’s all too rare to get the … [ Read more]

Country Flavor: New London’s Model Citizen is poised to shape the future of Minnesota food

Minnesota cooks are going wild. Established chefs laden with talent are packing up their knives and fleeing Minneapolis–St. Paul. From Moose Bear Wolf in Ely to Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail, and from the Falls Landing supper club in Cannon Falls to Willard’s in Cambridge, chefs with the chops and drive to make it … [ Read more]

Bold New Farmer: A renewed Bachelor Farmer is positively vibrant

Since its 2011 debut, The Bachelor Farmer has been among Minnesota’s most ambitious restaurants, combining a loose Scandinavian aesthetic with a farm-to-table mandate. In the years since opening, the restaurant has settled into a comfortable niche: a polished, reliable, Scandi-cute fixture of the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Even with the presence of the co-located … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Number Six Sandwich at Zettas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There is nothing quite like the newly opened Zettas sandwich shop on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. All of its sandwiches are subtle variations of the same thing, and all of them hinge on the use of light-as-a-feather toasted … [ Read more]

Review: The Best and Worst New Foods of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Growler’s review of the new foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair was supported by underwriting partner Save the Boundary Waters. Growler food editor James Norton was joined by writers Amy Rea and Maja Ingeman; photographers Becca Dilley, Brenda Johnson, Victoria Campbell, and Sarah McGee; and illustrator Terri Myers Wentzka.  Bristling with heat, spice, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Baby Cheeseburger at Band Box Diner

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Calling the Baby Cheeseburger at Band Box Diner “no frills” really doesn’t express how completely frill-free this lunch option actually is. This humble patty topped with melted American cheese is housed in a thoroughly buttered and griddled bun … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: A 15-stop dining excursion through Door County, Wis.

If you grew up vacationing in Door County in the ’80s and ’90s, you likely remember Wisconsin’s premiere vacation peninsula as being stuffed with classic supper clubs, superb cherry pie, fish boils, mediocre hot dogs and pizza, and little else. Time flies, and (in this case) it brings with it some wonderful changes. While the … [ Read more]

Order Up! Keg and Case 2.0

Updated August 15, 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 evolution of the Keg and Case food … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Falafel Sandwich and Mint Lemonade at Zait & Za’atar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Falafel goes awry more often than it goes to plan—too stodgy, too bland, too mushy, too hard. The perfect piece of falafel has a crisp, mahogany exterior that gently cracks to reveal a tender (but not paste-y) interior, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jerk Chicken Wings at Octo Fishbar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Chicken wings may seem off-brand for Octo Fishbar, the Tim McKee-helmed St. Paul spot probably best known for its seafood towers and crudo plates. But the restaurant’s pimento wood-smoked Jerk Chicken Wings ($8) benefit from the same attention … [ Read more]