How To Boundary Waters: Minnesota’s favorite outdoor playground is open to all—with a bit of planning

There are few outdoor pleasures more classically Minnesotan than mounting an expedition to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and spending a few days on the lakes and under the stars. For all of its charms—outdoor beauty, campfire camaraderie, and the sweet, sweet “general lack of other people” key among them—it can be tough to … [ Read more]

“Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have to Do Is Ask” is botany, history, and sacred stories, all wrapped up in leaves

If you ever get the opportunity, jump off of Highway 51 in Wisconsin and start driving on County D toward Cunard Lake. In April, the trip takes you along a tree-clad isthmus flanked by still-icy lakes of such striking glamour that we have to slow down to hug the road’s curves to avoid literally dying … [ Read more]

Northern Lights: Talent and ambition powers the dining room of Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail

Ask a handful of Minnesotans about going “up north” and you’ll probably get a cluster of different responses that share a few things in common. Up north isn’t a specific place, although many people have a place in mind. It’s not a where, it’s a what—a slower pace of life, a retreat from the lacerating … [ Read more]

Better Camp Eats & Drinks: 2 Essential Spice Rubs for Camp Cooking

This article is a part of The Growler’s Outdoor Guide. Find more tips for outdoor adventure and dining here.  Everything tastes better in the wilderness, but that’s no excuse to eat bland food out of plastic bags. One of the most versatile (and lightweight) weapons in a camp cook’s arsenal is the spice blend. The … [ Read more]

Where the Chefs Eat: 3 Minneapolis–St. Paul restaurateurs share their favorite dining spots

Nobody knows food like a chef, so it stands to reason that they’ve got strong opinions about where to eat. We talked to three well-known cooks in Minneapolis–St. Paul about where they like to dine and came up with a list of some remarkable restaurants that are worth a visit. Eddie Wu Eddie Wu is … [ Read more]

Order Up! Pimento Jamaican Kitchen finally opens in Keg and Case, O’Cheeze replacing Gazta Enhancements

Updated May 23, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. THIS WEEK’S GYST: The ambitious new St. Paul food hall Keg and Case (which we explored at some length when it first opened in September, 2018) is evolving … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Key Lime Pie at Key West Bistro

Key lime pie isn’t a “thing” around here and there’s no particular reason for it to be one, either—Minnesota is a long haul from the lime’s typical habitat in Florida, Texas, Mexico, and California, and this kind of a joyfully tropical dessert doesn’t make a ton of sense amid our native landscape of pies. Plus, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jakeeno’s Favorite Pizza at Jakeeno’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Trendy restaurants-of-the-moment have a tendency to soak up the limelight, but there’s a patchwork quilt of neighborhood pizza spots that keep us fed on low-key weeknights and festively casual meals with friends and family. Jakeeno’s, in business … [ Read more]

Order Up! Good bye Fitzgerald’s, hello Fitz’s and food halls galore

Updated May 9, 2019 Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months) Taco Arcada, 1910 … [ Read more]

Review: Delicious and divisive, Demi isn’t for everyone

It’s not difficult to understand why reservations for Demi are nearly impossible to come by—it’s a very small place that makes a very big promise. Dine at Demi and you get a concentrated, multi-course blast of the same intensely cosmopolitan hospitality that distinguishes its sister restaurants of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. If you choose … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Cedar Planked Salmon Salad Sandwich at Thirty Bales

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you don’t have any idea of what to expect on the food front when you truck out to Hopkins, Thirty Bales may surprise you. Established with the culinary chops of the team behind the deeply farm-to-table restaurant … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Kebab Roll at Elephant Bar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The newly opened Elephant Bar in St. Paul may just be the most beautiful under-the-radar spot now open in the metro—it’s a big, airy, well-lit place appointed with enough hardwood, lamps, and antique-y accents to outfit a … [ Read more]

Disturbing the Peace, Honoring the Place: Amy Huo is cooking farm-to-table in Eau Claire, damn the cost and consequences

Amy Huo will tell it to you straight: she isn’t the easiest person to work with. “I have an addiction to doing something new, even if I piss off everyone,” she laughs. As a food truck chef and entrepreneur, she has built her reputation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, by dishing farm-to-table food from her roving … [ Read more]

Whirlwind Tour: The food scene is booming in Eau Claire

Music festivals notwithstanding, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, isn’t generally considered a required stop for interstate travelers heading southeast from the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area. It’s too early to be a halfway point and it’s simple enough to blow past its exits. It’s time to reconsider that attitude. Eau Claire is the beating heart of the fertile … [ Read more]

Order Up! End of the road for Uptown’s Mevyn and legendary Lee’s Liquor Lounge

Updated April 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 food@growlermag.com. All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot. View our new timeline of the notable restaurant openings and … [ Read more]