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]

Bite of the Week: Flamin’ Chicken Lunch Special at Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

One of the most interesting tangents during this month’s panel discussion on “Who Owns Asian Cuisine?” was Lat14 owner Ann Ahmed talking about her start in the business, at Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine in Brooklyn Park. The restaurant was, as she told it, deliberately accessible—food framed as Thai (rather than Lao) to welcome in as broad a … [ Read more]

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]