Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Joey Nova's' easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu.
With this pizzeria's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
At Joey Nova's, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Joey Nova's.
Joey Nova's goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this pizzeria for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Joey Nova's' breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Joey Nova's' pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Joey Nova's where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
Joey Nova's cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Joey Nova's has you covered.
Fill up on fare from Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room in Excelsior and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room.
The patio seating at Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room is perfect for those warm summer days.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room.
At Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
The dress code at Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Aside from the delicious, mouth-watering food and drinks, what's the best thing about us? Our free parking. Plain and simple.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Mound's Mound district.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
Eat outdoors Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises is ultra casual.
Or, take your food to go.
You can also serve food from Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Diners at Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises to have a bite of deliciousness.
At Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Houlihan's, a savory spot for American cuisine.
The chefs at Houlihan's know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
For weekday specials that hit the spot, head to Houlihan's' happy hour.
For no extra charge, utilize Houlihan's' free wifi.
For comfortable outdoor service, Houlihan's sets up a seasonal patio.
Your group can sit comfortably at Houlihan's, a local restaurant.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Your tab at Houlihan's will generally run you about $30 per person.
Houlihan's accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Houlihan's has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Houlihan's.
As its multi-star ratings show, Axel's Chanhassen serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Axel's Chanhassen.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
It's party time! Head to Axel's Chanhassen to share great food with a large group of friends.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Axel's Chanhassen's gorgeous patio.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Axel's Chanhassen, where dress code calls for business casual.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Axel's Chanhassen as well.
Axel's Chanhassen is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Axel's Chanhassen has to offer.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Axel's Chanhassen — they're open for all three meals.
For that extra special sizzle, it doesn't get much better than an all-star steak dinner at Axel's Chanhassen.
Axel's Chanhassen is a steakhouse committed to serving up the best cuts for an exceptional dining experience.
Visit Applebee's and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Quit fat and gluten at Applebee's, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Just around the workday bend are Applebee's' happy hour food and drink bargains.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Applebee's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
The dress code is strictly casual at Applebee's, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
You can also serve food from Applebee's at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
With a parking lot adjacent to Applebee's, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Applebee's is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
When American food comes to mind, Applebee's should be your first choice.
When you're in need of a casual night out, head to Applebee's and enjoy some great American classics.
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.