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]

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]

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]

Bite of the Week: Big K.R.I.T. fried chicken sandwich at Soul Bowl

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. One of the pleasant surprises hidden within the stylish confines of the new North Loop food courts is that great food can emerge from even manicured, highly focus-grouped surroundings. We loved the Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Pho and Ramen Bar at Kowalski’s on Hennepin

If you’re not innovating, you’re dying. God bless all the grocery stores that keep trying to push those margins a little bit by expanding into new products, services, and hot food offerings—it’s that kind of thinking that brought us the surprisingly good sushi at Hy-Vee, among other things. (It’s also brought us surprisingly bad sushi … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Luau Bowl at Ono Hawaiian Plates

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The newly opened sleek and chic North Loop Galley may offer only four different dining concepts for its guests, but they are so varied—and so creative—that most diners will find something to enjoy amongst the offerings. Case in … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Biscuit at Betty and Earl’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s a lot to unpack with the new Potluck MN Food Hall at Rosedale Center. It has replaced the scuttled Revolution Hall, a food court that failed in part because of its reliance on gimmicky food and a … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Breakfast Sandwich at Hope Breakfast Bar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Since its opening in late 2019, Hope Breakfast Bar has become something of a sensation in its part of St. Paul, just off West 7th and near the Allina Health United Hospital medical complex. It’s a legitimately ambitious … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Sesame Crepe at Ichigo Tokyo Crepes

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Lesser-known Japanese food is having a real moment in Minnesota right now. Restaurateurs are moving past the sushi / tempura / hibachi grill dynamic that has largely defined Upper Midwestern Japanese-American fare and are discovering new dimensions of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef and Meatball Pho at Viet-Tien Market

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s often something magical about those tiny deli-style eateries inside of first-generation marketplaces—whatever they lack in polish, they tend to make up with a combination of big flavors and reasonable prices. Think Dong Yang in Northeast Minneapolis, which … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Black Pudding Scotch Egg at Merlins Rest Pub

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The Scotch Egg—which probably originated in England, not Scotland—traditionally consists of a hard- or soft-boiled egg wrapped in seasoned ground pork sausage, coated in bread crumbs, baked or deep-fried and then served cold. Still popular on starter menus … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Fried Rice at Cheng’s Garden

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If all you’re looking for is good, old-fashioned, slightly greasy, workaday delicious fried rice, get ready to be disappointed. A lot. We’ve ordered it (with chicken) dozens of times over the past decade or so, and the dish … [ 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]

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]

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