Fill up on fries and other comfort food at A&W Restaurant, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in A&W Restaurant's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on A&W Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Friendly pooches can come on in at A&W Restaurant, which welcomes dogs as well as their owners.
No need to dress up for a trip to A&W Restaurant — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Love the food at this restaurant but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
A&W Restaurant offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at A&W Restaurant, so plan your budget accordingly.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to A&W Restaurant for tasty American fare.
As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Wild Bills Sports Saloon is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Wild Bills Sports Saloon and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
The patio seating at Wild Bills Sports Saloon is perfect for those warm summer days.
At Wild Bills Sports Saloon, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining.
Wild Bills Sports Saloon draws a good-sized crowd on weeknights as workers head over after leaving the office.
Catering from Wild Bills Sports Saloon will take your party to the next level.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Wild Bills Sports Saloon.
Wild Bills Sports Saloon has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Wild Bills Sports Saloon.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Wild Bills Sports Saloon for your next meal.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Old Chicago, Apple Valley's classic pizza venue.
You can't go wrong with pizza or pasta, so take your time sampling the menu from start to finish.
A vegan, G-free, and low-fat haven, Old Chicago prepares delicious dishes for each and every type of diet.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Old Chicago.
Old Chicago can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Cyclists are in luck. Old Chicago provides bike parking.
The average check at Old Chicago will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Old Chicago, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Old Chicago and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
“Pit beef is Baltimore's version of barbecue: beef grilled crusty on the outside, rare and juicy inside and heaped high on a sandwich,” food writer Steven Raichlen explained in the New York Times. “Several things make it distinctive in the realm of American barbecue.” At The Valley Tap House, chefs create the unique delicacy by rubbing pork or beef with a special mix of spices, letting the flavors absorb for three days before grilling the slabs in a custom pit to achieve a charred outside and a tender interior. The meat is thinly sliced and served on kaiser rolls, as is traditional in the neighborhoods of East Baltimore. Additions such as peanut sauce, cilantro, or avocado apply exotic appeal like a lawyer using a fake Swedish accent to win over a jury.
Vegetarians can get in on the grilling action with black-bean-mushroom veggie burgers, made in-house and slathered with charred-jalapeño aioli. Toasting pint glasses make a jangling chorus as they spill rivulets of 30 draft brews, which have included Deschutes organic red ale. On weekends, servers carry out dishes of biscuits and chopped pit-beef hash with eggs, sirloin gravy, and toast.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Rascal's in Apple Valley will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Rascal's.
On warmer days, take advantage of Rascal's' outdoor seating.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Rascal's, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Rascal's' dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
You can also serve food from Rascal's at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
At Rascal's, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
The menu at Rascal's includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Every iconic food has an origin story—or two or three. For years, diehards have debated the origins of everything from the mai tai to the Coney-style hot dog. The Juicy Lucy (or is it Jucy Lucy?) is no exception. Two Minneapolis restaurants claim to have invented the city’s ubiquitous cheese-stuffed burger, but who’s telling the truth?
On the same street in South Minneapolis, you’ll find both “original” iterations of the Juicy Lucy. But before we get into the specific of which is the real Juicy Lucy, let’s talk about what that might look like. One thing’s for sure: with the Juicy Lucy, however you spell it, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Inside this famous burger, you’ll find melted, molten american cheese—and lots of it. If you don’t want a burned mouth, it’s generally a good idea to give it a minute before biting in. When you do take that first glorious bite, the gooey cheese will rush out and everything in your life will start to make vivid sense. Now that you’re up to speed on the anatomy of a Juicy Lucy, it’s time to meet the contenders.
Matt’s BarAt Matt’s, where it’s known as the Jucy Lucy, the legend begins sometime during the 1950s. According to lore, a customer walked in one day and requested a double cheeseburger—with one slight alteration. This wild and reckless man wanted his cheese in between the patties. The legend goes on to state that this rule-breaker then remarked, “That’s one juicy Lucy!” Thus, an iconic burger was born.
Or was it?5-8 ClubThe folks at another Minneapolis institution would beg to differ. At the 5-8 Club, where the standard spelling is embraced, the staff will vehemently argue that their Juicy Lucy is the first and most faithful iteration of the famous cheeseburger. So are they right? Well, they sort of have time on their side, but the details are a bit murky.
Opened in 1928, the 5-8 Club initially functioned as a speakeasy that served light fare. Sometime during the 1950s (sound familiar?), american cheese shimmied down off the patty and right into the midst of things, and the 5-8’s very own version of the Juicy Lucy was born. Since then, it’s been scarfed down by Adam Richman on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food and even made a bucket list of “50 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.” In 2008, the cooks set the world record for creating the largest Juicy Lucy ever made—it comprised more than 80 pounds of beef and 30 pounds of american cheese.
The Winner Is … We may never know who was responsible for the first Juicy Lucy, but the cheese-stuffed burger has since become a staple at some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis, and that’s certainly something we can get behind. At times like these, it’s best not to think of things in terms of who’s right and who’s wrong. When it comes to the Juicy Lucy, pretty much everyone wins.
Photo: courtesy of the 5-8 Club's Facebook page
As many know in Saint Paul, restaurants aren’t necessarily the best place to find their favorite dish. Mention the word booya to someone from the St. Paul-East Metro region, and the wave of nostalgia is palpable as they remember neighborhood gatherings, playing games with their cousins and classmates, the grownups dancing, their uncles ladling fragrant stew into bowls and freezer containers.
Mention the word booya to anyone outside the area, even other Minnesotans, and you’ll likely get a confused high-five. The dish is so regional that many Minnesotans who aren’t from the St. Paul area have never heard of it.
You Won’t Find Booya at a RestaurantAs mentioned, you probably won’t find booya served at Minneapolis restaurants—unless, that is, there’s a special event. Also known as booyah, bouja, or other phonetic iterations, its roots, like those of many regional dishes, are murky. According to the most told tale, a schoolteacher organized a community picnic. To feed everyone, he gathered ingredients from neighborhood families for a traditional Belgian soup he called bouillon.
The word booya also refers to the gathering at which the booya is served. Usually a community event in the fall, such as a church or school fundraiser, some booyas have been running for decades.
But What Is Booya?At its most basic, it’s a thick soup or stew ostensibly of Belgian origins, per that schoolteacher. Its broth is made from pig bones. It usually includes pork, beef, and chicken, sometimes oxtail as well. Chopped veggies and beans are added.
The seasoning blend that each crew uses is heavily guarded. Longtime booya chefs cook from top-secret recipes that have been passed down from chef to chef, some for decades. Fans are known to wait ardently all year for their favorite booya, toting to-go containers so they can freeze some at home.
Never Too Many ChefsEven the crafting of the booya is a community endeavor. Neighbors donate ingredients, such as vegetables and meat, lend the cooking team tools and utensils, and most of all give their time to the dish’s creation.
A good booya can take up to three days to make—some even go for a week. As it’s meant to feed many mouths, it requires prep time for pounds of vegetables and meats and hours upon hours of stirring and simmering and stirring some more. It takes at least two people to pull it off; some booya chefs put together teams of sous chefs and simmer attendants to help with the work.
And then there are the pots. Booya is cooked and served in enormous batches, enough to feed hundreds, and therefore requires huge kettles to make sure it’s cooked properly. Some municipalities own their own set; the Highland neighborhood’s kettles are more than 50 years old and collectively simmer over 350 gallons of the stuff. Another crew’s pots are so big, they stir their booya with canoe paddles.
Where to Get ItIn the St. Paul areaHere are some traditional booyas that serve up a stew many residents say might be better than what’s served at the best restaurants in Minneapolis:Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill holds a booya in the fall plus one for New Year’s Eve.Even if you miss the yearly fall booya at the Church of St. Agnes, you can pick up some frozen at the church kitchen on Sundays.For a hearty breakfast, hit up Maplewood’s St. Jerome Catholic Church, where the ladles hit the pots at 7 a.m. for the fall festival.You have to act fast to get some of the Roseville Fire Department’s fall booya—they start serving at 11 a.m. and usually run out by 1 p.m.Out of StateAs booyas are also popular in Wisconsin (and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan), you can find the dish at these restaurants:Motor Bar, the café at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, serves a bowl of booya stew made with chicken and beef.Green Bay’s Kroll’s West Restaurant serves slow-cooked booya in a diner-style setting.Find chicken booya crafted by comfort-food specialists The Rite Place, also in Green Bay.