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]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Fajitas at Familia Dominguez

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Along with chimichangas, chicken fajitas get a bad rap—just because they’re so often overpriced and phoned in by a host of sub-par Tex Mex spots misses the point that the original dish can be a total banger. Fajitas … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Sopes at Hodges Bend

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Hodges Bend, the smoothly sophisticated bar that has quietly slipped into and begun to elevate the University Avenue food and drink scene, doesn’t immediately strike a diner as a spot to eat traditional Mexican fare. The menu is … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Curry to Go from Desi Foods

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. It’s easy to overlook international food markets as a source of delicious ready-to-eat meals, but from Dong Yang in Columbia Heights to United Noodles in Minneapolis to Ha Tien in Woodbury, they regularly produce some of the tastiest, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Spam Musubi at United Noodles

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Some of our favorite foods are syncretic—think chicken tikka masala, the Door County fish boil, tacos al pastor, or even banh mi pizza. By slamming together two or more cultures, you can come out with something equal to or … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Regular Tibs at Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Worth the wait” is a phrase of supreme culinary importance. A lot of flavors can only be developed with time: long marinades; gentle, low-temperature trips through a smoker; or endless simmering are but a few examples. Add to … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Nigiri Sampler at Gohan Sushi

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Good sushi is hard to come by. The number of places in the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul metro that do it reliably can be counted on your fingers, perhaps even the fingers of one hand. We wrote recently about … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Biryani at Persis Biryani Indian Grill

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. When we walked into Persis Biryani Indian Grill, a small-chain strip mall Indian restaurant in Eagan, we weren’t sure if they were still a going concern. The AC was cranked to provide a walk-in fridge-like atmosphere (on a … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Pork Tacos at Casa Lupita in White Bear Lake

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. White Bear Lake’s Casa Lupita is a taco joint that straddles two worlds. It offers some familiar Mexican styles of taco, but also tacos described simply as “chicken” or “pork.” And it offers classic toppings (onions, cilantro) … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Key Lime Pie at Key West Bistro

Key lime pie isn’t a “thing” around here and there’s no particular reason for it to be one, either—Minnesota is a long haul from the lime’s typical habitat in Florida, Texas, Mexico, and California, and this kind of a joyfully tropical dessert doesn’t make a ton of sense amid our native landscape of pies. Plus, … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Jakeeno’s Favorite Pizza at Jakeeno’s

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Trendy restaurants-of-the-moment have a tendency to soak up the limelight, but there’s a patchwork quilt of neighborhood pizza spots that keep us fed on low-key weeknights and festively casual meals with friends and family. Jakeeno’s, in business … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Cedar Planked Salmon Salad Sandwich at Thirty Bales

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you don’t have any idea of what to expect on the food front when you truck out to Hopkins, Thirty Bales may surprise you. Established with the culinary chops of the team behind the deeply farm-to-table restaurant … [ Read more]

Bite of The Week: Kebab Roll at Elephant Bar

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. The newly opened Elephant Bar in St. Paul may just be the most beautiful under-the-radar spot now open in the metro—it’s a big, airy, well-lit place appointed with enough hardwood, lamps, and antique-y accents to outfit a … [ Read more]