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]

Bite of the Week: Chicken and Waffle at Heritage Tea House & Café

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Few things trigger a wider range of emotions than the phrase “chicken and waffles.” Those who have had it (done correctly) tend to swear by it; those who haven’t tend to look baffled or otherwise nonplussed. We’ve … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Rediscovering Stillwater in a 10-stop dining adventure

This is a part of our Whirlwind Tour food series, in which we taste through a town’s culinary scene.   Stillwater has a reputation for its sense of history (founded 165 years ago, it’s among the state’s oldest towns) and its downtown embraces the past with everything from its motto (“The Birthplace of Minnesota”) to historic … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pepperoni Pizza at Michael’s Pizza in St. Paul

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you let yourself wander the streets of St. Paul a little bit, one of the first things you’ll notice is a sprinkling of old-school pizzerias. Mixed in throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, they’re the opposite of … [ Read more]

Order Up! Cheese Holes and Louisiana Food Fare Fun

Updated March 28, 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: Cook St. Paul has built a reputation … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Tempura Shrimp Roll at the Eagan Hy-Vee Market Grille

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. In these modern times, we have to get increasingly used to decoupling food quality (and value) from venue. There are white tablecloth restaurants in beautiful settings that provide supremely overpriced and objectively lousy food, and there are … [ Read more]

Review: Garage Bar and Bowl is an oasis of plainspoken culinary magic

What’s in a chicken wing? Along with burgers and pizza, wings are one of America’s quintessential bar foods, simple to do tolerably well, but surprisingly difficult to get exactly right. The question is: Why shoot for excellence when “tolerable” is good enough? That’s what drew us out to Waconia (twice) to visit the six-month-old Garage … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Banh Mi at Little Saigon Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Ask any group of serious Minnesotan eaters where to find the best banh mi, and a host of different answers will come in. iPho by Saigon, for sure; Trieu Chau, quite likely, maybe even Lu’s Sandwiches if … [ Read more]

Order Up! Dining scene in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood heating up

Updated March 14, 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 Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis may … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Flavor Explosion at Mama’s Pizza

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s something disarming and charming about a dish that brags up its own effectiveness. The Flavor Explosion pizza at Mama’s Pizza talks a good game, and it delivers: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple. The cumulative … [ Read more]

Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine Proves that the Devil is in the Details

There is a deep but hard-to-see gulf between scratch-made counter spots and fine-dining restaurants. Two specific examples: World Street Kitchen and Meritage. Both serve delicious food that’s made with care, but a world of slight and sometimes intangible differences sets them apart from each other. It’s into this chasm that the new Midtown Global Market … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Schwarma Wrap at Sultan Lebanese

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you head far enough north on Central Avenue, the frequency of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-influenced spots (everything from Filfillah to Big Marina to New York Gyro) starts to spike. New to the neighborhood in Fridley is … [ Read more]

Order Up! Spring Cafe, Red River Kitchen at City House under new ownership

Updated February 28, 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: Matty O’Reilly’s Spring Cafe at Como Lake’s … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Dipped Hot Italian Beef at Pappy’s Chicago-Style Eatery

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Pappy’s means business. You don’t put a Chicago-style eatery in the middle of St. Paul’s East Side without a serious intention to deliver legit food, and that includes the justly famous Italian Beef. After a quick but impassioned … [ Read more]

Review: Naan pizza and a novel recipe for success at Pizza Karma

Even the best restaurant is only as good as its bottom line. The freshest ingredients, the warmest hospitality, and the tastiest food can’t sustain a place that’s burdened by a budget that’s underwater. (For example, the closure three years ago of the stunningly ambitious Brasserie Zentral in Minneapolis, one of the best restaurants you probably … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20