For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Beef 'O' Brady's in Saint Francis.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
What do you need at the end of the workweek? A happy hour at Beef 'O' Brady's.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Beef 'O' Brady's' al fresco patio seating.
Hop online in no time using Beef 'O' Brady's' free wifi.
Fridays and Saturdays really bring in the crowds, so make sure there's space for you by calling ahead for a reservation.
Folks tend to dress down at Beef 'O' Brady's, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Or, take your grub to go.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Beef 'O' Brady's.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Beef 'O' Brady's.
Tabs at Beef 'O' Brady's almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time.
Fans of Caseys Carry Out Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the pizzeria.
Whether you're a party animal or an early riser, the pizzeria will be open to serve you 24 hours a day.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Caseys Carry Out Pizza. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Caseys Carry Out Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Caseys Carry Out Pizza.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Wyoming's Linwood Pizza for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Linwood Pizza.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Linwood Pizza's complimentary wifi.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Linwood Pizza and order great food.
Choose wisely. Wait at home for delivery or come into this pizzeria for carryout.
At Linwood Pizza, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
The average check at Linwood Pizza will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Linwood Pizza and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Creamery Crossing.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Creamery Crossing, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Creamery Crossing's complimentary wifi.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Creamery Crossing offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Creamery Crossing.
Come grab a hot slice of heaven at Pizza Man in Isanti.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Pizza Man's gluten-free or low-fat items.
This pizzeria's most sought after items include Chicken Fettucini Alfredo, Four Cheese Ravioli, Fettucini Alfredo, Baked Rigatoni, and Italian Spaghetti.
Pizza Man is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
You'll find your bill at Pizza Man to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15.
So head on over to Pizza Man and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
Pick up a sandwich for lunch or save it for dinner — Subway serves easy-to-please subs.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Subway.
Through their catering service, Subway can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Heading to Subway for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Subway serves three meals a day.
The sandwiches at Subway are stacked with tasty ingredients, so swing by today and try one.
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.