Saint Dinette’s quail is St. Paul’s underrated fried bird

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag. You’ve no doubt already gorged on a certain fried bird up on Cathedral Hill, and as well you should have. But next time the urge strikes you, there’s one … [ Read more]

Tim McKee announces Market House Collaborative, a new food hall for Lowertown St. Paul

Chef, restaurateur, and current fishmonger Tim McKee, flanked by chef Lenny Russo, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, chatted Wednesday afternoon with a group of reporters about McKee’s upcoming Lowertown project, Market House Collaborative. “I grew up in St. Paul. I’ve always had a special affinity for St. Paul,” McKee said. “I’ve been watching the … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Barrel Theory Beer Company

At Barrel Theory Beer Company, Lowertown St. Paul’s new brewery, it’s all about the wood. Hardwood floors, a long, woodburned bench seat stretching along the wall, weathered wooden tap handles, and exposed wooden ceiling joists dominate the taproom, located next door to Dark Horse Bar & Eatery. Perhaps it’s fitting that the long wood bar … [ Read more]

Kyatchi will replace Tanpopo in Lowertown St. Paul

The shuttering of Tanpopo left a kimchi nabe-sized hole in Lowertown. But good news on its successor: Kyatchi is expanding to St. Paul. Siblings Sarah and Sam Peterson, along with chef Hide Tozawa, and consultants Kim Bartmann and Anne Saxton, announced today that they will open a second location of their Eat Street sushi house on … [ Read more]

St. Paul’s first plant-based restaurant, J. Selby’s, now open

All vegetarians and vegans have their own reasons for choosing a diet free of meat and other animal products. For former physician Matt Clayton, it was simply to run faster. “It’s not complicated at all,” he chuckles. “I was very stagnant in my half-marathon time and was looking for something to give me an edge … [ Read more]

Now Open: BlackStack Brewing

For the Johnson family of St. Paul, it’s always been about the beer. In the 1990s, Scott Johnson owned All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company that helped bring European classics like La Trappe, Tripel Karmeliet, and Pauwel Kwak to Minnesota. Johnson eventually got out of that business, but he’s always loved beer. It’s a passion … [ Read more]

Before and after in St. Paul’s newly renovated Palace Theatre [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Davidson The Palace Theater will re-open in downtown St. Paul on Friday night to host local hip hop artist Atmosphere for its first official concert. Just over 100 years will have passed since the venue originally opened as a 3,000 seat vaudeville house, which has sat vacant since 1984 when it was … [ Read more]

Sidhe Brewing to close on Mar. 25, new brewery to open in Lowertown’s Station 4

Sidhe Brewing, a two-barrel nanobrewery operating on Payne Avenue in St. Paul’s East Side for nearly two years, announced Friday it will officially close on March 25. Co-founder and head brewer Kathleen Culhane cited the hard-to-find location and the lack of foot traffic as major factors in the decision to close Sidhe Brewing, but this isn’t the end … [ Read more]

Photos: Bottle Rocket now open in Mac-Groveland

Bottle Rocket, an updated concept from the Blue Plate Restaurant Co. in the former Scusi space, is now open at St. Clair and Fairview in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. “The feeling is casual and carefree,” says Blue Plate owner Stephanie Shimp, via press release. “It’s in the space, it’s in the menu, it’s the easy answer to … [ Read more]

The (not so) complete history of Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant

Given St. Paul’s colorful past, it shouldn’t be surprising that the city’s first resident of European descent was a bar owner with legal troubles, and the first building was his eponymous bar. Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant’s early years are shrouded in mystery. Here are things the historical records seem to agree on: He was born … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

Ever since taking office as the mayor of St. Paul back in 2006, Chris Coleman has been tasked with being the voice of a diverse community, presiding over the capital of Minnesota, and making a case for himself as the cooler of the two mayors in the Twin Cities. And no better case can be … [ Read more]

St. Paul liquor stores could soon be open past 8pm

For some people, as 8pm rolls around, the night has just begun. Not so for St. Paul liquor stores and taprooms. According to a report by MPR, St. Paul requires off-sale liquor purchases to end at 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 10pm on Friday and Saturday, while neighboring Minneapolis and most surrounding suburbs have a … [ Read more]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music

In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city … [ Read more]

New York Times digs St. Paul’s ethnic diversity (and cheap eats)

The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler (aka Lucas Peterson) recently paid St. Paul a visit, and had glowing things to say about the culture and history of Minnesota’s capital city. Like a middle child, St. Paul is given short shrift, especially where travel coverage is concerned. It’s time to reverse that dynamic. St. Paul is a dream … [ Read more]

Food opera is a thing, and it’s coming to St. Paul

The relationship between sound and taste is the inspiration behind the upcoming St. Paul Food Opera, a series that will be taking place in October and mixes food, music, and art, reports the Pioneer Press. St. Paul restaurants Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Golden’s Lowertown, Brake Bread, and Izzy’s Ice Cream will create dishes for … [ Read more]