For tasty American fare, head to Girvan Grille for a sandwich and side.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Girvan Grille, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Girvan Grille, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Girvan Grille is a great summer destination.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Girvan Grille patrons come in casual attire.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Self park in a lot or take advantage of a valet service near Girvan Grille.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Girvan Grille will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Girvan Grille.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Girvan Grille and enjoy some great American classics.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Duffy's Bar and Grill, a savory spot for American cuisine.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
The happy hour at Duffy's Bar and Grill offers deals you won't want to miss.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Duffy's Bar and Grill.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Duffy's Bar and Grill's free wifi hotspot.
The restaurant can get tied up on the weekends, so allow yourself time to wait for a table.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Duffy's Bar and Grill.
For those who travel by bike, Duffy's Bar and Grill offers bike racks for diners.
Duffy's Bar and Grill s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Duffy's Bar and Grill who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Duffy's Bar and Grill and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Take your Thai cuisine with a fill of first-rate reviews when you dine at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Reuan Thai Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Reuan Thai Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
Come enjoy what some say is the greatest Thai food in Osseo at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
Your hunt for the best Thai in town is over. A no-frills vibe and sky-high ratings make Reuan Thai Restaurant the spot to try.
Flavorful Thai food makes eating out a breeze at Reuan Thai Restaurant.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Reuan Thai Restaurant.
Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Lynde's Restaurant and Catering is a go-to lunch spot in Osseo's Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove district.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Lynde's Restaurant and Catering.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
For the tastes of Lynde's Restaurant and Catering from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
The menu at Lynde's Restaurant and Catering is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
So check out the amazing selection of sandwiches at Lynde's Restaurant and Catering today.
Tastes of Asia unite at Sweet Basil in Minneapolis, where dishes come together from all over the land.
The healthy meal options at Sweet Basil are bold, colorful and filled with flavor.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Sweet Basil.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Sweet Basil for their catering services.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
Dining at Sweet Basil will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Sweet Basil — swing by for your favorite meal.
So for a bit of culture in every bite, Sweet Basil's fare is the perfect blend of Asian influences. It's too tasty to pass up!
Just know that when you're longing for a delicious hybrid of Asian cooking, Sweet Basil is the ultimate casual dining spot.
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.
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.