Indulge in a juicy steak from Farmington's Farmington Steak House, home of the freshest meats in town.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Your large group can all sit together at Farmington Steak House.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Farmington Steak House — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Guests take to street parking at Farmington Steak House's 3rd St spot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Farmington Steak House.
Your tab at Farmington Steak House will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Don't forget to bring cash — Farmington Steak House does not accept credit cards.
When's the last time you had an exceptional steak? Sample some of the best cuts in town at Farmington Steak House.
You won't be disappointed at Longbranch Saloon and Eatery in Farmington, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Longbranch Saloon and Eatery's free wifi.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Longbranch Saloon and Eatery for easy seating.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Bring the Longbranch Saloon and Eatery's great food to your place.
Longbranch Saloon and Eatery offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners.
Longbranch Saloon and Eatery may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Longbranch Saloon and Eatery has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Ugly Mug.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this coffee shop's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this coffee shop with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Get online for free courtesy of Ugly Mug's wifi.
For comfortable outdoor service, Ugly Mug sets up a seasonal patio.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this coffee shop can get downright loud.
Put the suit away when heading to Ugly Mug — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Or, take your food to go.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Ugly Mug s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
So when you need a morning boost, treat yourself to a cup of Joe from Ugly Mug.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Farmington's Pizza Man for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Pizza Man.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Be sure to check out Pizza Man's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Pizza Man for lunch or dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Pizza Man and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Grab a seat and dig in! Gossips in Farmington offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Gossips' complimentary wifi.
The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Gossips is all about comfort.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Gossips.
Gossips offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Keep your wallets padded. The meals here won't empty them too much.
For fast (and tasty) food, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at McDonald's.
McDonald's will be able to accommodate your large party.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
At McDonald's, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
McDonald's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So don't let a good burger pass you by. Stop by McDonald's today and try one of the signature burgers.
When you need a quick and easy solution for lunch or dinner, swing by McDonald's and pick up some tasty eats.
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.