Find something on the menu for everyone at Andover's T-Box Bar and Grill.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
At T-Box Bar and Grill, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Get online gratis thanks to T-Box Bar and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Come order a flavorful feast at T-Box Bar and Grill, and sit outside if it's nice!
Wear what you like when you dine at T-Box Bar and Grill — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? T-Box Bar and Grill also offers catering.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near T-Box Bar and Grill and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
A typical meal at T-Box Bar and Grill will set you back less than $30.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Twin Points Tavern.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Twin Points Tavern's great happy hour.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Twin Points Tavern since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to Twin Points Tavern and snack on all of your favorite eats.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Maxine's for some good home American cooking.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At Maxine's, you can safely park just around the corner.
Commute by bike to Maxine's and find easy bike parking.
Your tab at Maxine's will usually run to about $30 per guest.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Maxine's.
You can't beat the classics. Stop in at Pine Ridge for some good home American cooking.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Pine Ridge.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Make use of the ample parking near Pine Ridge.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Pine Ridge who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Pine Ridge and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
If you have yet to try Trouble's, now is the perfect time to check out the hugely-popular pizza place. It's an ideal choice for those looking for awesome food.
There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, in addition to its low prices, this won't exactly be the place to earn credit card points (it's cash-only).
If you don't feel like eating in, you can always grab your food to go, or just place an order for delivery.
Specializing in both lunch and dinner, Trouble's is definitely a good call. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street.
Take a seat at Food Garage for an inviting cafe experience.
Large groups will appreciate Food Garage for its ability to seat them quickly.
Food Garage wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Food Garage offers catering.
Street parking is the only parking option close to Food Garage.
Food Garage provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
You'll definitely want to head down to Food Garage for a seat at one of the best American cafes in town.
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.