Applebee's serves tasty American-style cuisine.
Quit fat and gluten at Applebee's, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Just around the workday bend are Applebee's' happy hour food and drink bargains.
Applebee's offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Applebee's.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
With meters and potential tickets, you'll thank us for our onsite parking!
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Applebee's s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Applebee's tastes like pure heaven!
Swing by Applebee's today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
Come for a tasty meal at Ruby Tuesday that the whole family will love.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
At Ruby Tuesday, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Take it nice and easy at Ruby Tuesday, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Ruby Tuesday.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Ruby Tuesday.
Ruby Tuesday is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, so make your way over to the restaurant today and munch on an American classic.
Whether you're building a sandwich or roasting dinner, Bonngards Family Meats' meat is among the best in Cottage Grove.
Calorie-counters won't find any low-fat fare here, so enjoy the menu and take a break from the diet.
If you're planning a party, you will love the platters and deli munches that Bonngards Family Meats has to offer.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Bonngards Family Meats serves up both tasty options.
Planning a barbecue? Check out the selection of meat inventory here and go home with a range of tender meats.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
At Bonngards Family Meats, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
For any meat you could imagine or want, these butchers offer them in spades at Bonngards Family Meats in Cottage Grove.
Known for its noodle and rice dishes, Ho King Restaurant serves excellent Chinese cuisine to Cottage Grove locals.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Ho King Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Take your vehicle to dinner
nearby parking is plentiful and will not pose a problem for drivers looking to dine.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Menu items at Ho King Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Chinese food doesn't get much better than Ho King Restaurant. Grab a seat and find out what you're missing.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Bella Pizza — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Bella Pizza goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
This pizzeria accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
At Bella Pizza, you can safely park just around the corner.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Bella Pizza.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Bella Pizza hits the nail on the head.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Bella Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Bella Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
So when pizza is calling your name, head on over to Bella Pizza and give into your craving.
In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love McDonald's.
Be sure to check out McDonald's' outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
McDonald's can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Parking is easily accessible.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at McDonald's.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at McDonald's.
So pay McDonald's a visit today and treat yourself to one of the delicious and juicy burgers.
So make a quick pit stop at McDonald's and pick up some tasty and flavorful food to enjoy on-the-go.
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.