Cheesecake Factory offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
The chefs at Cheesecake Factory have created a menu that is filled with low-fat, vegan and gluten-free options.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
The patio tables outside of Cheesecake Factory are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Cheesecake Factory is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Put the suit away when heading to Cheesecake Factory — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Cheesecake Factory also offers catering.
Don't spend time circling the block — parking is available in a nearby lot, and valet is provided, if preferred.
Cheesecake Factory s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Cheesecake Factory has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Cheesecake Factory and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
Cheesecake Factory serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Cheesecake Factory.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Crave Restaurant.
Crave Restaurant offers great gluten-free alternatives to fan favorites.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Crave Restaurant.
Get online gratis thanks to Crave Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Eat outdoors Crave Restaurant (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Comfort is prioritized at Crave Restaurant, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Crave Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Crave Restaurant is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Crave Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Crave Restaurant and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
Crave Restaurant has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Crave Restaurant.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice’s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Original Pancake House for all of your favorite American dishes.
For those who prefer a healthier lifestyle, Original Pancake House showers their menu with food that's low in fat, gluten-free, and vegan.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Original Pancake House's complimentary wifi.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Original Pancake House.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Original Pancake House offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Original Pancake House will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Don't look any further, head to Original Pancake House for your next American meal.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Original Pancake House.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Original Pancake House and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Italian eats can be found at Mozza Mia, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
For those who follow the gluten-free or vegan dietary plans, Mozza Mia is a perfect choice.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Mozza Mia, perfect for large groups of revelers.
Access the Internet free of charge via Mozza Mia's complimentary wifi.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Mozza Mia to grab a spot on the patio.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Mozza Mia s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Mozza Mia.
So give your taste buds a delicious dose of Italian cooking from Mozza Mia today.
Whether a fresh seaweed salad or bowl of hot udon soup, Raku Japanese Restaurant serves a range of delicious Japanese items to residents of Edina's Edina neighborhood.
At Raku Japanese Restaurant, you can enjoy healthy and flavorful menu items.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Raku Japanese Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Raku Japanese Restaurant encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Through their catering service, Raku Japanese Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Aside from the delicious, mouth-watering food and drinks, what's the best thing about us? Our free parking. Plain and simple.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Raku Japanese Restaurant is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
For a delicious Japanese meal, make a reservation at Raku Japanese Restaurant.
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.