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: 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: 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: The Sloppy Hot Paisano at The Little Oven

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. If you write about food for long enough, your eyes start to adjust and you can actually start seeing the scene clearly. What was once a small constellation of bright, newly formed, trendy restaurants fades to a more … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: Chicken Adobo at Mi Casa Su Casa

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Food from the Philippines is having a moment in Minnesota, with the recent opening of Apoy on Eat Street and Mi Casa Su Casa on University Avenue. And it’s a moment that’s long overdue—Pinoy cuisine bursts with flavor … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Yoerg Brewing Co. Saloon in St. Paul

Anthony Yoerg started Minnesota’s first commercial brewery in 1849 at a spot near what is now the parking ramp for the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. (A few later accounts place the founding in 1848.) While he was soon surpassed in volume by other brewers, demand was still strong enough to encourage Yoerg Brewing Co. to … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Classic Cheeseburger at Home Street Home Cafe

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. Burgers come in as many variations as there are stars in the sky, achieving deliciousness (or crashing and burning) in countless ways. There’s a lot in play: the quality and size of the bun, the seasoning and fat … [ Read more]

Bite of the Week: The Teasers at Tongue in Cheek

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler and supported by our underwriter, Bite Squad. This week’s Bite of the Week is five for the price of one. If you go to St. Paul’s Tongue in Cheek restaurant, you can order a collection of five amuse-bouches for … [ Read more]

How to see all of St. Paul’s breweries in one fell swoop

On Saturday, May 28, GetKnit Events is hosting the ultimate St. Paul brewery crawl. The Brews & Buses: St. Paul Brewery Bus Crawl will start at 11am at Union Depot and last until 6pm, and use more than 20 buses to deliver hundreds of beer lovers right to the door of any and all of the 11 breweries … [ Read more]

O’Gara’s celebrates 75 years by returning to 1941 prices

O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, the Snelling and Selby Avenue institution in St. Paul, is turning 75 this year. And while it plans to celebrate all year long, the festivities will kick-off March 11, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The main draw: rolled-back menu prices on daily specials. Not just a couple dollars here and there, … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]

It is officially the Year of Music in St. Paul

“Music is more than a series of notes—music is a pathway to a stronger, more vital community.” -St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman This morning, Mayor Coleman announced 2016 as the Year of Music in St. Paul. Tune into @TheCurrent this morning at 9 A.M. – I’ll be on talking about the Year of Music in … [ Read more]

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