The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Reinventing Road Trip Food

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 If you find that the thrill of eating whatever fast-food garbage you want when traveling long distances fades after the first couple hundred miles, take heart. There are a number of really satisfying, entertaining, and even downright impressive ways to stock your own cooler … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Fried Chicken to Go at Magnolias Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Magnolias Restaurant is currently take-out only in compliance with Governor Walz’s executive order on restaurants. Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s difficult to overstate the comfort factor of simple, well-made, fried chicken. It’s the complete package: protein and carbs, crunch and … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Horchata at Bravis

Over the course of compiling our nearly 100-location Minnesota Taco Atlas, we’ve had a lot of horchata. It’s our go-to taco beverage, and every place does this rice milk, cinnamon, and vanilla drink a little bit differently—some are thick, some are watery, some are sugar-sweet, some are austere, some are cinnamon-challenge spicy, and others are … [ Read more]

Avocado Toast and the End of the World: The RH Rooftop Restaurant at Restoration Hardware

Editor’s note: This is a restaurant review. It is also post-apocalyptic science fiction. Bon appétit!  Over there,” said Ophelia Chen. She gestured with a weather-beaten hand toward the horizon to the east, where the sun’s rays were just starting to scatter their hazy light over the vine-choked rubble and fields of dandelions. It was February, … [ Read more]

Order Up! New Minneapolis bistro serving up ‘North Dakotan cuisine’

Updated March 5, 2020 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 opening of Mary Ellen’s Bistro … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Butter Croissant at Black Walnut Bakery

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There exists a spectrum of quality croissants that stretches from, for lack of better words, “substantial” to “ephemeral.” On the substantial end of things: think Costco croissants, which lack anything resembling delicacy or style, but make for satisfying … [ Read more]

Minnesota Taco Atlas Update: Big-time fusion at Umami Fries, an ambitious upgrade at Colonial Market, and new family favorite Cuco’s

We’ve added 17 new entries to our Minnesota Taco Atlas, bringing the grand total of spots on the map to 98 restaurants, markets, and trucks around the Twin Cities metro and beyond. A few thoughts on some of our recent additions: Umami Fries is about as far out of the box as it gets for … [ Read more]

Order Up! Minnesota chefs and restaurants fill James Beard Semi-Finalist list

Updated February 27, 2020 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 Minneapolis–St. Paul scene is resonating … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: iTorta at iTaco

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. With a name like “iTorta,” you might expect a Mexican sandwich with Bluetooth connectivity, or at least some kind of basic, gluten-based cellular network connection. No such luck—iTaco’s namesake sandwich ($10) is decidedly low-tech, but it is, to … [ Read more]

Meat Master: With hundreds of awards (and kudos from Germany), Rick Reams is crafting world-class food in Hudson, Wisconsin, and St. Paul

You often can’t see the world-class food in your own backyard because it’s ubiquitous to the point of being invisible. Think of noodles in Japan, or bread in France, or spiced lentils in India—it’s daily fare that seems simple until you try to make it and realize there’s a world of knowledge that goes into … [ Read more]

In the Loop: The new North Loop Galley is at the forefront of bleeding-edge dining trends—and that’s a good thing

When I first learned of the concept behind the newly opened North Loop Galley food court, I took it for granted that soul and authenticity—however those two slippery terms are defined—weren’t going to be part of the package deal.  The North Loop Galley space was opened by the national Galley Group in late 2019, and … [ Read more]

“Heikki Lunta Sinks a Ship” – A Short Story

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, not far from Marquette, there lives a Finnish snow god named Heikki Lunta (Hank Snow.) Beloved and feared, he is responsible for delivering snow (by the flake, the inch, and the foot) to the doughty folk of the North Country. Late one autumn night, the snow god Heikki Lunta and his … [ Read more]

The sweet and humble team behind Pie & Mighty dish the secret of their delectable crust

For a state whose very culinary DNA is studded with majestically delicious pies (witness the State Fair pie competition, for example, or try one Marjorie Johnson’s legendary pies), Minnesota has generally fallen short when it comes to delicious commercially available pie. But recent years have seen something of a renaissance in the field. We recently … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Gogi Pork Fries at Umami Fries

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you’re going to build your business around a food experience that might most easily be described as “Asian-influenced poutine,” the first step is to make sure your fries are up to the task. Umami Fries, a newish … [ Read more]

Order Up! Crowdfunding campaign for Yia Vang’s Vinai off and running

Updated February 13, 2020 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: With more than 20 days to … [ Read more]

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