Bite of the Week: The Cubano at Guavas Cuban Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The closure earlier this year of the restaurant Xavi was rightfully hailed as a sad event, but there’s a big silver lining to that particular cloud. The Xavi space at 56th and Chicago Avenue has become Guavas, a … [ Read more]

Review: (Un)Lucky Cricket

Lucky Cricket is a cautionary tale for building a restaurant on a foundation of contradictions There may be no less lucky way to launch a major new Midwestern Chinese restaurant than categorically describing your mom-and-pop competition as “horseshit.” But that’s the tack world traveler and TV personality Andrew Zimmern took while launching his St. Louis … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Margherita Pizza at The Dough Room

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The Dough Room is one of those places that make you wonder what, exactly, is going on in the ritzy suburb of Wayzata. It’s a pasta-and-pizza place, but its appearance is almost entirely unlike your classic red sauce … [ Read more]

Bright Colors, Deep Flavors: In Hai Hai, chef Christina Nguyen has created an autobiographical powerhouse

Three facts about Christina Nguyen, chef-owner at Hai Hai and Hola Arepa: 1. She believes that the customer is right…unless the subject is omelette larb. “It’s the one dish I won’t allow people to get less spicy, because I am a total tyrant and crazy person,” she says. “There are certain things that you should … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Adobo at Mi Casa Su Casa

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Food from the Philippines is having a moment in Minnesota, with the recent opening of Apoy on Eat Street and Mi Casa Su Casa on University Avenue. And it’s a moment that’s long overdue—Pinoy cuisine bursts with flavor … [ Read more]

Culinary partners J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly part ways with a handshake

A quest for work-life balance has led to an amicable parting of ways at one of the metro’s most prominent restaurant groups. J.D. Fratzke, the chef-entrepreneur whose work at The Strip Club Meat and Fish made him a regional standout, has worked as a culinary director over the past three years for Matty O’Reilly to … [ Read more]

Holiday Guide: Six Board Games to Play with Family and Friends

Monopoly and Battleship still have their charms, but the recent board gaming renaissance means that there is a galaxy of fresher options out there. Minnesota has a wealth of great games stores, and we reached out to several of them to get their tips for the best new board games suited to the diverse mob … [ Read more]

How to Caviar: The simple, affordable holiday appetizer that’s sure to impress

I f you want to greet your dinner guests with an appetizer they’ll talk about through New Year’s and beyond, we suggest caviar. It’s a surprisingly affordable way to entertain with a splash of retro style. All you need to do is learn how to make blini (which are only slightly fussier pancakes) and buy … [ Read more]

Q&A with Jessica Olson, the Queen of Minnesota Mushroom Jerky

If someone says the word “jerky,” the only word that bounces off most people’s brain is “beef.” Salty, intensely flavor, and dense with nutritional kick, jerky’s a way to enhance the flavor and preserve the protein of meat while making it easy to transport and store. But that same method of drying, curing, and flavoring … [ Read more]

Review: Lat14 Asian Eatery tells a personal story with boldness and style

Trends come and go, and while some are maddening ($4 donuts) and some perplexing (ubiquitous poke bowls in a state over a thousand miles from the closest ocean), some are welcome and improve the dining scene. Case in point: restaurants tied to a distinct sense of place. More and more new eateries have menus that … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Classic Cheeseburger at Home Street Home Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Burgers come in as many variations as there are stars in the sky, achieving deliciousness (or crashing and burning) in countless ways. There’s a lot in play: the quality and size of the bun, the seasoning and fat … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: Our 10-stop dining roadtrip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

With Duluth, Madison, and Fargo-Moorhead easily road-trippable from the Twin Cities metro, it’s understandable that Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gets overlooked. This surprisingly big little city is part of a metro area of around 260,000 people and it’s just a donut’s throw from southwestern Minnesota. Sioux Falls was founded contemporaneously with Minneapolis and St. Paul, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Falafel at Fig + Farro

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Change is afoot at Fig + Farro, the stylish eatery in Uptown’s Calhoun Square. The restaurant recently hired chef Charlie Baez (who has worked at The Copper Hen, Young Joni, and Grand Cafe), and he has—as of this … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Crab Oscar Benedict at Benedict’s Morning Heroes

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Eggs Benedict is one of those things in the culinary world that seems fairly self-explanatory but—in fact—contains a world of complexity. The basic elements are clear: English muffins, poached eggs, thin slices of ham or Canadian bacon (or … [ Read more]

Case Study: St. Paul’s upmarket Keg and Case food hall is a triumph—and a gamble

With 33,000 square feet of space and more than 20 upscale vendors, the newly opened Keg and Case West 7th Market is in immediate contention to be among Minnesota’s foremost food destinations. It’s architecturally significant—the renovated Schmidt Brewery keg house looms with a muscular, industrial power that is softened and streamlined by the addition of … [ Read more]