Pizza Luce's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria 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 pizzeria.
Pizza Luce is a prime location to dine with a group.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Pizza Luce's wifi.
Eat outdoors Pizza Luce (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
No need to dress to the nines here — Pizza Luce's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Pizza Luce offers catering.
Need a night in? Don't miss out on this pizzeria's delicious food — you can carry it out to eat at home or have them deliver it straight to you.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Pizza Luce.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Head on over to Pizza Luce first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Pizza Luce is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Pizza Luce.
So bring your appetite to Pizza Luce. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So head on over to Pizza Luce, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Pizza Luce?
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Boulevard Kitchen and Bar, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
The patio seating at Boulevard Kitchen and Bar is perfect for those warm summer days.
Boulevard Kitchen and Bar is a great location to host a group dinner.
Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Boulevard Kitchen and Bar.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Boulevard Kitchen and Bar is the place for you.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Boulevard Kitchen and Bar and taste your way through some great American dishes.
So stop by Boulevard Kitchen and Bar today and check out the creative takes on classic American dishes.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Big 10 Restaurant and Bar.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Big 10 Restaurant and Bar.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
For comfortable outdoor service, Big 10 Restaurant and Bar sets up a seasonal patio.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Big 10 Restaurant and Bar's free wifi.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Big 10 Restaurant and Bar is come-as-you-are.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Big 10 Restaurant and Bar will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Big 10 Restaurant and Bar is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely Big 10 Restaurant and Bar who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Big 10 Restaurant and Bar and load up on some classic American dishes.
Gather up the whole crew and head to Maggie's Restaurant for a night of pizza and fun.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Maggie's Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Got kids? No problem at Maggie's Restaurant! This pizzeria is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Getting online is easy with Maggie's Restaurant's free and convenient wifi.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Maggie's Restaurant.
Dress is typically casual at Maggie's Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Maggie's Restaurant.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
At Maggie's Restaurant you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the pizzeria, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Maggie's Restaurant.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Maggie's Restaurant for a tasty pizza pie.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at Chipotle Mexican Grill, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Chipotle Mexican Grill creates delicious dishes for those with dietary limitations, and the menu is filled with fare that's low in fat, gluten-free, and vegan.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Chipotle Mexican Grill offers catering.
Park on the street for easy access to name.
Travel by bike to Chipotle Mexican Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to Chipotle Mexican Grill for a casual Mexican meal.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, Chipotle Mexican Grill has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
For a juicy burger in no time flat, swing by local favorite White Castle.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? White Castle has you covered on both fronts.
Al fresco eating options are also available at White Castle, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
White Castle wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Aside from the delicious, mouth-watering food and drinks, what's the best thing about us? Our free parking. Plain and simple.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at White Castle — swing by for your favorite meal.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So when you have a hankering for a burger, swing by White Castle and pick up a great burger.
When you need a quick bite to eat, pay White Castle a visit and enjoy some tasty eats in a flash.
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.