StormKing Barbecue has the right mindset for brisket

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag.  It’s a common refrain from Twin Cities diners, a problematic mindset, born of nostalgia for better plates in better cities. “The X in Minneapolis is nothing compared to the same in Y.” … [ Read more]

Revival St. Paul opening December 26

Christmas is coming a day late this year for St. Paulites, as Revival St. Paul will officially be opening on December 26. Revival St. Paul is located in the old Cheeky Monkey space at 525 Selby Avenue. Revival owners Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone, who were included into The Growler’s 2016 Trailblazers, opened the original Revival location in … [ Read more]

Travail team opening barbecue joint in Northeast

The culinary circus behind Travail, The Rookery, and Pig Ate My Pizza is branching out into barbecue. The MSPBJ reports the squat brick building at 816 Lowry Ave. N.E. in Minneapolis, owned by Travail’s James Winberg (left, above), is destined to become a take-out Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The space will include a kitchen with a meat … [ Read more]

Win Dad’s Day with The Growler’s Gift Guide

Father’s Day is a week from Sunday, and there may not be a harder holiday for shopping. Dads are famously self-reliant. They’re dads—they’ve already taken care of everything! So what do you get the man who usually gets everything himself? How about a chance to maneuver a 26-ton excavator? How about a bike trip between … [ Read more]

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Competitive ‘cue: Blue ribbons and contradictions on the barbecue circuit

Twelve chicken thighs are removed from the pit. They are all identical—bones manicured, skin trimmed, dusted with seasoning. They’re dipped in a bowl of barbecue sauce, salted, and placed on a sheet of tinfoil. They look less like chicken than the polished knobs of a mahogany armoire. This chicken is perfect, but also, it’s not … [ Read more]

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Revival announces Cathedral Hill location

Glorious news for St. Paul—Revival’s fried chicken is making the climb up Cathedral Hill. Nick Rancone signed a lease for the former Cheeky Monkey spot on Selby Avenue, next to Solo Vino, with plans to open Revival #2 sometime in the early summer. Two changes from the original location are in the works: a full … [ Read more]