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]

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]

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]

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]

Bite of the Week: Pho’s heartier, lesser-known cousin, Bún bò Huế, at Co Tu

Co Tu is refreshingly simple. Tucked in a Bloomington strip mall with a leather shop and a liquor store, they don’t pull you in with gimmicks—they just make good food. With an intoxicating aroma and only a handful of tables, eating here feels like you have discovered a secret treasure, because you have. Bún bò … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Vegan Szechuan Rice Bowl at Pat’s Tap

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The inaugural Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge is on, running from September 20 through October 20, pitting a host of local chefs against one another in a friendly competition to create the most popular (as decided by public … [ 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]

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]

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]

Bite of the Week: The Number Six Sandwich at Zettas

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There is nothing quite like the newly opened Zettas sandwich shop on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. All of its sandwiches are subtle variations of the same thing, and all of them hinge on the use of light-as-a-feather toasted … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Baby Cheeseburger at Band Box Diner

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Calling the Baby Cheeseburger at Band Box Diner “no frills” really doesn’t express how completely frill-free this lunch option actually is. This humble patty topped with melted American cheese is housed in a thoroughly buttered and griddled bun … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Falafel Sandwich and Mint Lemonade at Zait & Za’atar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Falafel goes awry more often than it goes to plan—too stodgy, too bland, too mushy, too hard. The perfect piece of falafel has a crisp, mahogany exterior that gently cracks to reveal a tender (but not paste-y) interior, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jerk Chicken Wings at Octo Fishbar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Chicken wings may seem off-brand for Octo Fishbar, the Tim McKee-helmed St. Paul spot probably best known for its seafood towers and crudo plates. But the restaurant’s pimento wood-smoked Jerk Chicken Wings ($8) benefit from the same attention … [ Read more]