Review: Fresh Meat – Despite a familiar format, Baldamar is sizzling with new life

Baldamar is a steakhouse at a mall. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of this review. Despite its aggressive Instagram influencer-courting and its 9th Level Gnome Illusionist-sounding name, Baldamar is both fully contemporary and as square as can be, down to its Restoration Hardware-meets-Delta Sky Club interior. And yet: There’s 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]

Bent Brewstillery Celebrates One Year in Business with Release of Cans

It was just over a year ago that Pour Decisions shuttered their taproom and an ominous online statement notified the Minnesota beer community that the Roseville brewery was closing their doors in a merger. Eight months later the chrysalis emerged as Bent Brewstillery, the state’s first brewery/distillery combination. The merger may have taken many by … [ Read more]

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