As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Fill up on fare from Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 in Faribault and be sure to satisfy your stomach.
Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 also caters to those with sensitive stomachs, where a number of gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31.
Wifi is on the house at Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Dine with fellow dancing machines — the restaurant is stocked with a lively, open floor.
Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Catering from Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 will take your party to the next level.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Alexander's Supper Club/Pub 31 and taste test your way through the menu.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Depot Bar and Grill in Faribault.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Depot Bar and Grill diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
At Depot Bar and Grill, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
For the tastes of Depot Bar and Grill from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Depot Bar and Grill is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Depot Bar and Grill is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Depot Bar and Grill s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Eat your way through the day at Depot Bar and Grill — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Reviews don't lie: 1st of Thai's authentic Thai fare is chock-full of grade-A goodness.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Get online gratis thanks to 1st of Thai's complimentary wifi.
1st of Thai is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for 1st of Thai's diners.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, 1st of Thai is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Dining at 1st of Thai will set you back about $30 per person on average.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Come find out for yourself why everyone is talking about 1st of Thai, and take your Thai culinary experience to the next level.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, 1st of Thai takes casual Thai to the next level.
For a casual night out, try Thai at 1st of Thai.
Order all of your favorite Thai dishes at 1st of Thai and eat your way through the trends of Thailand.
Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Faribault's Godfathers Pizza offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Godfathers Pizza.
You can also serve food from Godfathers Pizza at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
At Godfathers Pizza, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Godfathers Pizza.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Godfathers Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Godfathers Pizza?
Come for a tasty meal at Lakeside Supper Club that the whole family will love.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Lakeside Supper Club.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Lakeside Supper Club.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Bring the Lakeside Supper Club's great food to your place.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Save Lakeside Supper Club for a splurge since prices for a meal can run upwards of $50.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Lakeside Supper Club and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
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.