Bite of the Week: The Egg Sandwich at Sando at Lawless Distilling Company

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We are big believers in sandwiches—they’re affordable, portable, and when prepared correctly, capable of delivering all the thrills of an upscale entree with none of the pretense. So when we heard that Louie Lafleur (of Bittercube) and Jeff … [ Read more]

A Nice Day to Start Again: Testing the Reboots of 3 Minnesota Restaurants

The food industry is famously brutal and when a restaurant closes up shop, it doesn’t typically rise to fight again another day. But 2019 has seen a number of high-profile restaurants shut down, retool, and then give it another go. We tested three: Lucky Cricket, JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar, and the Delicata to Foxtrot Burger … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Biscuits and Gravy at Cobblestone Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. What makes a good order of biscuits and gravy? Travel to White Bear Lake and dine at the Cobblestone Cafe, and you’ll find one satisfying answer to that question. The Cobblestone Cafe is about as casual as it … [ Read more]

2019 Year in Review: Food

Country flavors, quality ‘Q, and numerous reboots define a busy culinary year in Minnesota Some years it can be hard to make much sense of the “food story” in any given place. Restaurants open and close, people come and go, and patterns seem faint or downright illusory. 2019 was not one of those years. 2019 … [ Read more]

Game Changer: Chef Eric Halverson’s use of North Country products is changing food culture in Grand Rapids

Everybody asks for ranch,” says chef Eric Halverson of Rapids Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. “We don’t have it. Never will.” In a business where pleasing people is the name of the game, Halverson is hospitable but defiant. The food will always be great, he says—a marriage of mostly local food with a wood-fired … [ Read more]

Paul Berglund’s Fat Noodle pop-up in Rochester is a Tour de Force

A Chef on the Move Any Minnesotan who loves fine food already knows chef Paul Berglund, whose work at The Bachelor Farmer was instrumental in putting that North Loop landmark on the map. Berglund spent some time working with Ann Kim’s restaurant group before moving this year down to Rochester where he worked with Fiddlehead … [ Read more]

Order Up! The closure of two old-school Italian joints suggest the end of an era

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: There’s probably nothing to the closure, within a couple of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pumpkin pie at Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit

What makes a perfect pumpkin pie? There isn’t, of course, a right answer to the question—as is true for just about everything in life, different people are looking for different things (and if you’re looking for an easy-to-make pie featuring dulce de leche, we’ve got you covered!) But one possible answer for a perfect pumpkin … [ Read more]

The Growler’s 2019 Culinary Gift Guide

During the holiday season, our culinary horizons broaden a little bit—from entertaining to gift-giving, the kitchen is front and center for these winter-time festivals of feasting. Here are some choice picks plucked from the shelves of some of our favorite retailers in Minneapolis–St. Paul.   Exotic Wood Utensils | The Foundry Home Goods | $4–$10 … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef Pastor Taco at Las Tortillas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. One of the wonderful things about compiling a massive compendium of taquerias is that, time and time again, you keep encountering new twists on dishes you thought you understood. Take for example, the beef pastor taco of Las … [ Read more]

Order Up! It’s the Great Minnesotan Bake-Off

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: There seems to be no limit to Minnesota’s interest in … [ Read more]

Review: St. Paul’s Monkey Temple Honors a Divine Portfolio of Dishes

Monkey Temple is an improbable restaurant with a richly evocative name. This tribute to Indian and Anglo-American fare sits on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul at the base of The Grove apartments, flanked by Hot Hands, a neatly turned-out sweet and savory pie shop. The menu is a blend of Anglo-American favorites (lamb stew with Yorkshire pudding, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Eight-Piece Chicken Bucket at The Coop

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you’ve never been to South St. Paul, here’s an easy excuse—a charming independent fried chicken restaurant called The Coop. It’s the epitome of a neighborhood joint, tricked out in vintage signs and, on our visit at least, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jackfruit Taco at Mean Miner’s Smoke Street Tacos

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Everything about the branding for Mean Miner’s Smoked Street Tacos suggests that you’re going to be in for a competent, if at least partially commodified experience—the restaurant has all the slick, professional allure of a Chipotle or R … [ Read more]

King of Croissants: Marc Heu’s University Avenue patisserie sells paradise by the slice

There is often a line to get into Marc Heu Patisserie Paris. The pastry shop occupies a wonky split level space that has hosted a rotating cast of short-lived restaurants, and it sits on a stretch of University Avenue that’s laden with businesses that pack a bit less sex appeal: a mortuary, social services offices, … [ Read more]