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: 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]

Whirlwind Tour: Minneapolis Skyway Dining

To an infrequent visitor, the streets of downtown Minneapolis can seem cold and sterile. Where any other city’s core would be filled with the bustle of crowds on the sidewalks and in the crosswalks, Minneapolis’ downtown looks suspiciously like the set of “I Am Legend.” This, we contend, is simply because the casual visitor does … [ Read more]

Review: Sushi Train’s gimmick delivers real flavor

Have no doubt: The sushi-laden conveyor belt at the heart of Sushi Train is a gimmick. It’s a prop that sets the newly opened downtown Minneapolis restaurant apart from the dozens of other places slinging sushi in the Metro area and beyond—a visual symbol of excess, an eye-catching curio that makes you go, “What? Is … [ 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]

Origami Restaurant Closing in Downtown Minneapolis

Origami Restaurant announced today that it will be closing its doors in downtown Minneapolis on December 23. The authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant opened 26 years ago and has since raised the bar for sushi establishments in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota. It says its Uptown location will remain open. Here’s the full release: … [ Read more]

Let’s Get Happy! Soberfish

So many things about Soberfish would suggest a lack of focus. The Seward neighborhood restaurant has all the hallmarks of pan-Asian fusion confusion. Except, that is, for where it counts the most. The name, first announced as Drunken Sake, and then Drunken Fish, finally landed on something that not only makes no sense, but gives a diner … [ Read more]