For the best French onion soup in town, slurp up the fare at Shanghai Bistro — everything here is served with sky-high ratings, so enjoy eating your way through the menu.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Shanghai Bistro has you covered on both fronts.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Shanghai Bistro, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Shanghai Bistro, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
At Shanghai Bistro, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Shanghai Bistro wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Throwing a big party? Count on Shanghai Bistro to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
Meals at Shanghai Bistro are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Shanghai Bistro accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
For all-star French fare that will keep you coming back for more, plan a trip to Shanghai Bistro.
For cuisine inspired by France, head on over to the highly-rated Shanghai Bistro.
The upscale Chinese fare at Shanghai Bistro is sure to impress. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
So take your taste buds on a delicious trip to China when you try the delicious cuisine at Shanghai Bistro.
Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant is a local pizza gem for casual diners.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this pizzeria has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant.
Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this pizzeria totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to visitors.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the pizzeria.
At Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the pizzeria, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
So for a hot slice of mouthwatering flavor, Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant is the place for you.
Pop over to Bricks Neapolitan Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Bricks Neapolitan Pizza is showing its customers that healthy, gluten-free food can still be packed with flavor.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this pizzeria — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Bricks Neapolitan Pizza.
You want food. You can take it or we'll leave it — just as simple as that. Let us know your preference.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Bricks Neapolitan Pizza offers catering.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Bricks Neapolitan Pizza.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Bricks Neapolitan Pizza.
Prices at Bricks Neapolitan Pizza typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Bricks Neapolitan Pizza serves three meals a day.
Everyone's talking about Bricks Neapolitan Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by Bricks Neapolitan Pizza and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
The glass is always half full at Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub — this Irish bar pours a stiff drink.
Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub is creating healthy meals that are enticing to anyone's taste buds.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub's free wifi.
Sit outside at Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
No need to dress up for a trip to Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Or, take your grub to go.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
An average meal at Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub will set you back about $30.
Head on over to Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub is a great place if you're looking for a nice evening out in a casual atmosphere.
Cuisine Type: Seafood/American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Lobster roll, bone-in ribeye, jambalaya
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: [We have] live music all summer long, we are open year round, and we even do all you can eat crab legs every Thursday night!
Q&A with David Suddath, Owner
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our New England Style lobster roll is absolutely amazing. It is served on a grilled east coast style bun, a huge portion of lobster claw meat, and some celery for a crunch. We serve it with a side of melted butter and french fries.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We serve food from all over the world with a little southern flair. Jambalaya from New Orleans, Kansas City BBQ Ribs, ( Where I'm from ) Cioppino from San Francisco, mouth watering Sea Bass, incredible steaks and burgers. We have something for everyone!
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Boat docking is available.
Take a break with a hot slice at Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite among pizza pie connoisseurs.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza will leave you happy and full.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This pizzeria also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
On warmer days, you can take advantage of Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza's al fresco patio seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza's wifi.
Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
The menu at Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Come spend a casual night out over a delicious pizza at Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Kozy Korner Bar and Pizza.
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.