Bite of the Week: Fried Chicken Bao at Dumpling

  Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Dual Citizen Brewing Company for their underwriting support. Generally, the word “bao” conjures up the soft, pillowy, fist-sized steamed pork dumplings that crowd dim sum carts from coast to coast. It does not, in … [ Read more]

Cooperative Evolution: Food coops like Seward and the Wedge have adapted quickly during troubled times

Access to food is about as elemental as it gets. But in troubled times with lives on the line, not every grocery store has responded to the pandemic with equal skill and speed. Well into April and May, we visited grocery stores in Minneapolis where masking, even by employees, was sporadic, social distancing was irregular, … [ Read more]

CBD, From Seed to Salve: Stigma, a Minneapolis-based CBD store, emphasizes its supply chain and local pedigree

This story is a part one of a two-part series on CBD and hemp underwritten by J.C. Younger. The Growler maintained editorial control over the content.  We wanted to be the Summit Brewing Company of the cannabis industry in Minnesota,” says Josh Maslowski. Maslowski is the owner of Stigma Hemp, a Minnesota-based company that sells … [ Read more]

Savory Bake House’s unlikely mission: Feeding the people of Powderhorn sanctuary

In terms of size, Savory Bake House doesn’t rate. Before its temporary closure in March due to COVID-19, this Minneapolis bakery just off of East Lake Street boasted a few shelves of baked goods behind a glass case, with just enough room in the shop for four or five smallish people to politely elbow one … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: House Beef Roll at Tea House Chinese

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Dual Citizen Brewing Company for their underwriting support. Getting a good appetizer is half the battle of any meal, but if you can get a great appetizer—a craveable, inhalable, delectable appetizer—you can almost quit right … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: ‘Best Pork Taco’ at Yeah Yeah Taco

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Hop & Barrel Brewing for their underwriting support. Some of the most enjoyable tacos in town are produced by one of the most intriguing business groups around. The three-person team behind the insurgently weird and excellent Zettas (read … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: St. Cloud is the most underrated dining city in Minnesota

This Whirlwind Tour was underwritten by the Visit Greater St. Cloud. The Growler retained editorial control of the content. St. Cloud is the most underrated dining city in Minnesota. This college- and healthcare-focused urban area of about 120,000 people is a 75-minute trip from the Twin Cities metro area—far enough to be a trek, but … [ Read more]

Order Up! With spike in COVID-19 cases, how will Minnesota’s food halls fare?

Updated July 15, 2020 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing weekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Due to the impact of COVID-19, much of this column documents restaurants altering, ceasing, or resuming service based on current pandemic conditions. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Puff at Keefer Court

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Hop & Barrel Brewing for their underwriting support. In 2019—a year that feels like several decades ago—The Growler ran a blow-out feature story about the Keefer Court bakery, a multi-generational monument to the beautiful tradition … [ Read more]

Elotes Woodfired Grill to take over In Bloom space at Keg and Case

The departure last week of Keg and Case anchor tenant In Bloom raised immediate questions about the future of the high-profile St. Paul food hall. But those questions were answered this morning with the announcement by Brian and Sarah Ingram (of Hope Breakfast Bar and the upcoming Gnome Pub in the former Happy Gnome space) … [ Read more]

Order Up! With In Bloom at Keg and Case closing, fine dining takes another hit

Updated July 9, 2020 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing weekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Due to the impact of COVID-19, much of this column documents restaurants altering, ceasing, or resuming service based on current pandemic conditions. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Fried Chicken Sammich at Nashville Coop

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler.  We’d like to thank Hop & Barrel Brewing for their underwriting support. It has been a hot minute since food trucks caught much buzz in the metro area—even before COVID-19 put a cold hard hammerlock on dining and dishing … [ Read more]

Catering the Perfect Picnic: Recipes for 3 workhorse classics reimagined

Once upon a time, Americans picnicked in cemeteries. And while the practice of graveside picnicking largely died out about a century ago, picnics seem due for a comeback—the food’s affordable, the opportunity for connection and camaraderie is strong, and no matter what’s happening on the streets, we ultimately have to eat. A good picnic meal … [ Read more]

Order Up! Rustica is expanding and Steve Horton is back at the helm

Updated July 2, 2020 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing weekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Due to the impact of COVID-19, much of this column documents restaurants altering, ceasing, or resuming service based on current pandemic conditions. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on … [ Read more]

Order Up! State of the Minnesota Dining Room – The Latest Restaurant Openings and Closings

Updated June 25, 2020 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing weekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Due to the impact of COVID-19, much of this column documents restaurants altering, ceasing, or resuming service based on current pandemic conditions. Please send any tips to [email protected] All dates are approximate based on … [ Read more]