Order Up! Second chances for several restaurant locations

Updated October 10, 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: This seems to be the year of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Egg rolls at Eggroll Queen Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you step through the portal of one particular hodgepodge coffee shop / art gallery / pizza restaurant on Hamline Avenue in Falcon Heights, you’ll find yourself in the company of egg roll royalty. The takeover of Underground … [ Read more]

From Bean to Bag, Artisan coffee packaging can help tell a complex story in a flash

This article was made possible through the underwriting support of Peace Coffee. The Growler maintained full editorial control of the content. What’s in a name? Or for that matter: a color, a turn of phrase, or a font choice for a label? For small coffee brands, the image projected on a package of coffee is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Mexican American Burger at A & B Hamburgers

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Going on its name alone, you’d never guess that Plymouth’s A & B Hamburgers was a Mexican American restaurant, but as soon as you’re through the door, you’re welcomed by a lo-fi photo menu adorned with fajita platters … [ Read more]

The Heat is On: Chef Janene Holig is leading Hot Indian Foods through a period of intense growth

Hailing from Swanville, Minnesota, and of Scandinavian and Polish stock, Janene Holig is not anybody’s initial idea of an Indian chef. In fact, in 2013 when she tried out for the position of head chef for the soon-to-be-launched Hot Indian Foods, the cuisine of India was an almost-complete blank for her. “I’d never worked with … [ Read more]

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]

There’s No Perfect Oktoberfest Pretzel in Minnesota—There Are 5

When you hear “pretzels and beer” you can’t help but think of a classic bar pretzel: a chewy loop of mahogany bread sparingly sprinkled with massive grains of salt. But when we scoured Minneapolis–St. Paul in search of the perfect Oktoberfest pretzel, we found that the same “creative-to-the-point-of-anarchy” approach that American brewers bring to beer … [ 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]

The Coffee Wizard of Sister Bay: Ryan Castelaz ushers in the ‘Fourth Wave’ at Discourse Coffee

If you want to experience the most gonzo, balls-to-the-wall, experimental coffeehouse in the Upper Midwest, you are obligated to leave the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area and go for a drive into Wisconsin, to the village of Sister Bay on the Door County peninsula. Buried behind the town’s Piggly Wiggly supermarket in a hive-like collection of … [ 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]