Bite of the Week: Pork Sticky Rice at Ha Tien Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s possible to get lunch at a fast food joint for $3, but you have to shop carefully, and you may have to redefine what, exactly, you mean by “lunch.” Ha Tien Super Market’s Xoi Man (“savory … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken and Waffle at Heritage Tea House & Café

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Few things trigger a wider range of emotions than the phrase “chicken and waffles.” Those who have had it (done correctly) tend to swear by it; those who haven’t tend to look baffled or otherwise nonplussed. We’ve … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pepperoni Pizza at Michael’s Pizza in St. Paul

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you let yourself wander the streets of St. Paul a little bit, one of the first things you’ll notice is a sprinkling of old-school pizzerias. Mixed in throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, they’re the opposite of … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Tempura Shrimp Roll at the Eagan Hy-Vee Market Grille

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. In these modern times, we have to get increasingly used to decoupling food quality (and value) from venue. There are white tablecloth restaurants in beautiful settings that provide supremely overpriced and objectively lousy food, and there are … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: BBQ Pork Banh Mi at Little Saigon Supermarket

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Ask any group of serious Minnesotan eaters where to find the best banh mi, and a host of different answers will come in. iPho by Saigon, for sure; Trieu Chau, quite likely, maybe even Lu’s Sandwiches if … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Flavor Explosion at Mama’s Pizza

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There’s something disarming and charming about a dish that brags up its own effectiveness. The Flavor Explosion pizza at Mama’s Pizza talks a good game, and it delivers: sausage, pepperoni, bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple. The cumulative … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Schwarma Wrap at Sultan Lebanese

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you head far enough north on Central Avenue, the frequency of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-influenced spots (everything from Filfillah to Big Marina to New York Gyro) starts to spike. New to the neighborhood in Fridley is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Dipped Hot Italian Beef at Pappy’s Chicago-Style Eatery

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Pappy’s means business. You don’t put a Chicago-style eatery in the middle of St. Paul’s East Side without a serious intention to deliver legit food, and that includes the justly famous Italian Beef. After a quick but impassioned … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Ribs and Wings Combo at Smoke in the Pit

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The beauty of a combo order is not having to compromise. There’s a lot to be said for smoked wings, but ribs are the traditional barbecue go-to. What the (take-out only) menu at Smoke in the Pit … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chef’s Special Dry Chili Chicken at Lao Sze Chuan

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Chinese food fans who frequent University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus have a lot to keep track of—the lively scene includes mainstays like Hong Kong Noodles and Tea House as well as numerous newcomers. The latest development is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Beef Pho at Pho Lodge

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s highly likely that Maplewood’s Pho Lodge is the only restaurant in Minnesota that features housemade bowls of pho and taxidermied squirrels on the walls. In fact, it’s entirely possible that Pho Lodge is the only restaurant worldwide that … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Brisket Sandwich at Jellybean and Julia’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Most good food is a craft, repeatable and reasonably straightforward and produced by an attentive crew following thoughtful procedures. And then there’s barbecue. Its “simplicity”—rub large piece of meat with spices, apply heat, and smoke—conceals its complexity. A … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Maverick’s Real Roast Beef Sandwich

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Is it back? Or did it never really leave us? The Roast Beef Sandwich ($7) at Maverick’s in Roseville was the item that made the restaurant’s reputation over its nearly 20-year lifespan from 1999‒2018. And now that the … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Baked Alaska at P.S. Steak

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. There are few rosters in modern dining that are as worthless as the dessert menu at a steakhouse. As if your wallet hasn’t been gouged enough, and your gullet weren’t already stuffed full of salt, starch, and buttery … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Bacon-Wrapped Dates at Feller

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Do appetizers get any more square than bacon-wrapped dates? These little Disco Era nuggets have been circulating for decades and they’ve earned a bad reputation along the way—too dry, too stringy, and too utterly played out. That they … [ Read more]