Typically, the only time a public bar is lit like a cozy living room is when patrons bring chandeliers with them. But at Jake's City Grille's Plymouth location, homey lamps illuminate a wooden bar, which competes with the elegance of the fireplace inside Eden Prairie?s dining room. Red umbrellas, meanwhile, keep the sun in check on Maplewood?s outdoor patio. Each location cultivates its own one-of-a-kind ambience, such as the warmly lit interior of Eagan?s space and the rustic feel of Gull Lake?s confines. These finely tuned atmospheres create a welcoming place to enjoy seared Ahi tuna, marinated chicken breast sandwiches, and cowboy ribeye steaks so fresh they still have the lasso on them.
Truffles and Tortes Dessert Cafe's bakers craft layered cakes, frosty beverages, chocolate-covered strawberries, and, of course, delicious tortes. But their penchant for sweets doesn't prevent them from creating a savory menu to be enjoyed alongside their baked goods. They bake quiches fresh every morning, make salads and sandwiches to order, and serve homemade soup all day long.
The sweets and savories aren't the shop's only homemade feature, though. The walls showcase a hand-painted mural. The mural features a bridge spanning a Parisian canal, with two small angel statues perched at the bridge's midpoint. One of the angels seems to have picked himself up a piece of cake from the shop's counter, revealing that the painting must come alive after the shop closes.
Peru's heritage of Spanish, indigenous, and Asian culinary traditions shines through at Uchu Peruvian Cuisine. The menu lists four different types of Peru's most famous dish, ceviche, made from raw fish marinated in lime juice, cilantro, and onions and served with yams and corn. The restaurant’s seafood comes in many forms, from mussels covered in tangy tomato sauce to fish filet atop seasoned rice and beans. Peru’s style of grilled cuisine, called criolla is represented in dishes such as shredded chicken in parmesan, and short ribs cooked in cilantro sauce. Uchu's chefs prepare each dish in full view of the expansive dining room, which is decorated with traditional Peruvian art.
After a recent renovation, Hamel VFW has reopened its doors for nights of live music, special events, and weekend brunches. The management rents out the space for nights of revelry or to help people in the community celebrate weddings, bond with coworkers, or find out whose parents let them stay out the latest. Once the night turns to morning, the staff replaces party favors with tables bursting with brunch dishes for their weekend buffet.
Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.