With a stay at Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Bloomington in Bloomington (Bloomington - Mall of America), you'll be minutes from Water Park of America and close to Mall of America. This hotel is within close proximity of Nickelodeon Universe and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 193 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access is available. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Bloomington? This hotel has 2800 square feet (260 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
Tucked in Bloomington's East Bloomington neighborhood, Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington for easy seating.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington's outdoor patio seating.
That's right! Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
For those who travel by bike, Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington offers bike racks for diners.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
So head over to Umbria Gourmet Pizzeria - Bloomington, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
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Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Italian favorites are tweaked at this trendy West Bloomington location, where visitors rave about Parma's five-star dishes.
Parma is a popular spot for vegans.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Enjoy a meal with all your loved ones. Parma makes it easy for big groups.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Parma's free wifi.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Parma's al fresco patio seating.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — Parma's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Parma for their catering services.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Parma.
For those who travel by bike, Parma offers bike racks for diners.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Parma.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
So check out Parma, where they're setting the new trend for Italian restaurants.
Parma is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
Avanti! It's time you tried some delicious Italian fare from Parma.
For a solid steak and potato favorite, MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI in West Bloomington doesn't mess around with its A+ ratings and star-studded reviews.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI's beautiful outdoor seating area.
MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI is a great location to host a group dinner.
Leave the suit and tie at home — MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI is business casual all the way.
Or, take your food to go.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
When you have a hankering for a tasty and juicy steak, pay MN - 23: Kincaid's Fish Chop and Steak House - Bloomington - RUI a visit.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Bella Cucina, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Bella Cucina is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Bella Cucina.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Bella Cucina.
Dress is typically casual at Bella Cucina, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Bella Cucina to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Bella Cucina.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Visit Bella Cucina for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
With a trip to Bella Cucina, you'll get everything and more you expect out of a fantastic Italian place!
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.