Dig in to your favorite American meal at The Tavern Grill.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
At The Tavern Grill, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Access the Internet free of charge via The Tavern Grill's complimentary wifi.
Dine out in the open during The Tavern Grill's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
The Tavern Grill welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
The Tavern Grill can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Don't spend time searching for parking — patrons are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
The Tavern Grill may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
The Tavern Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than The Tavern Grill.
When you come to The Tavern Grill, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at Chipotle Mexican Grill — this popular spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
Those with dietary needs will appreciate the vegan, gluten-free and low-fat meal options at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Chipotle Mexican Grill, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Through their catering service, Chipotle Mexican Grill can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Chipotle Mexican Grill, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So gather up your friends and family and head to Chipotle Mexican Grill for a tasty and flavorful Mexican meal.
Build your own burger at Carol's Restaurant — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Carol's Restaurant is creating healthy meals that are enticing to anyone's taste buds.
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 is great for families with kids.
The patio tables outside of Carol's Restaurant are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Carol's Restaurant.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Restaurant customers can take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Don't look any further, head to Carol's Restaurant for your next American meal.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Carol's Restaurant.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Old Chicago — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
This pizzeria also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Old Chicago.
Old Chicago is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Old Chicago for a great bite.
At Old Chicago, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Old Chicago is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Old Chicago for a new take on pizza.
Visit Blaine's Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this restaurant for carryout.
Parking is easily accessible.
Travel by bike to Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Your tab at Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que will generally run you about $30 per person.
So what are you waiting for? Head to Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que and chow down on some amazing barbecue dishes.
Just remember to swing by Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que next time you're dreaming about smoked brisket or a side of slaw. Barbecue at its best is well within reach.
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.