Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at School of the Wise will perk you right up.
School of the Wise knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this coffee shop's delightful drink menu.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this coffee shop just as much as mom and dad.
School of the Wise is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at School of the Wise.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at School of the Wise.
Tap your foot to School of the Wise's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit School of the Wise — it's strictly casual.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this coffee shop.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
School of the Wise provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
If you have a busy day ahead of you, grab a coffee from School of the Wise and stay energized all day long.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Johan's Bar.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Happy hour at Johan's Bar is filled with deals and steals.
Johan's Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Johan's Bar's wifi.
Don't be shy — step out on the restaurant dance floor and soak up the sound of live music.
Weekend diners, beware! The restaurant is busiest on Friday and Saturday, so getting seated will take some time.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Johan's Bar, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Street and lot parking is simple near Johan's Bar.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Johan's Bar — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Avoid the hunt for an ATM and stop by one on your way to Johan's Bar, a local cash-only restaurant.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Johan's Bar.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Suzette Restaurant.
Quit fat and gluten at Suzette Restaurant, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Suzette Restaurant's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
You can also have Suzette Restaurant cater your next event.
Parking has never been easier at Suzette Restaurant, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Suzette Restaurant.
Meals at Suzette Restaurant are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Suzette Restaurant is the place for you.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Suzette Restaurant for your next meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Suzette Restaurant and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Floyd's Bar.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour.
Floyd's Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Feel the beat on the restaurant dance floor and groove to live music.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
At Floyd's Bar, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Floyd's Bar also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So when you want some amazing food to complement your drinks, Floyd's Bar will be there for you.
For true American comfort food, head to Cuzzy's Brick House for a sandwich or side of fries.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
At Cuzzy's Brick House, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Cuzzy's Brick House offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
At Cuzzy's Brick House, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Cuzzy's Brick House is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Cuzzy's Brick House s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Cuzzy's Brick House.
Cuzzy's Brick House has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Tommy's Malt Shop for all of your favorite American dishes.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
At Tommy's Malt Shop, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Not to be overlooked is Tommy's Malt Shop's no-charge wifi.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Tommy's Malt Shop's style.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Tommy's Malt Shop.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Tommy's Malt Shop.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Tommy's Malt Shop and taste your way through some great American dishes.
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.