Culvers offers crave-able burger creations, such as a barbecue burger or a classic cheeseburger.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Culvers' gluten-free or low-fat items.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Culvers' outdoor patio seating.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this burger joint.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Culvers.
Bike parking is also available outside the burger joint.
Come see (and taste) why Culvers is setting the standard for burger joints everywhere.
Get your Chinese food with a five-star rating at Panda Express.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Panda Express. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Panda Express is ultra casual.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Throwing a big party? Count on Panda Express to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Panda Express.
When you're craving Chinese fare, head on over to Panda Express and treat yourself to an upscale meal.
So stop in at Panda Express, where you can savor all the wonderful flavors of traditional Chinese cooking.
Solos Pizza Cafe serves up hot and delicious pizza in a casual dining environment.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Solos Pizza Cafe.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Solos Pizza Cafe — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Solos Pizza Cafe cater for you.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
For those who travel by bike, Solos Pizza Cafe offers bike racks for diners.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Solos Pizza Cafe serves three meals a day.
Solos Pizza Cafe serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
With a pizza from Solos Pizza Cafe, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
Those visiting Eagan's Eagan district will find cooks slinging burgers at Smashburger - Denver, a hearty neighborhood joint.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Smashburger - Denver.
The drink list at this burger joint has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Take the kids along too — this burger joint is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Eat outdoors Smashburger - Denver (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
You can also grab your food to go.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Smashburger - Denver is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Eating out should only feel like a luxury, not cost like one. That's why Smashburger - Denver is here. Serving food fit for sultans at a quarter of the price.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Smashburger - Denver also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
Your taste buds have been waiting for the perfect burger from Smashburger - Denver, so be sure to answer the call today.
So let go of your long day and enjoy a relaxing meal, such as a burger, at Smashburger - Denver.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Oriental Buffet in Eagan.
Keep it casual at Oriental Buffet, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Easy parking is accessible for Oriental Buffet's diners.
Our goals are simple. Keep you fed and happy. With outstanding food and drinks priced under $15, we succeed on both counts.
Pick up a pepperoni pie or try a less traditional topping at Papa John's Pizza in Eagan's Eagan neighborhood.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Papa John's Pizza is all about comfort.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Papa John's Pizza.
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Papa John's Pizza for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
For a pizza that is out of the world, call or make a visit to Papa John's Pizza.
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.