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]

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]