For true American comfort food, head to Babe's Restaurant and Lounge for a sandwich or side of fries.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Babe's Restaurant and Lounge.
Babe's Restaurant and Lounge has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at Babe's Restaurant and Lounge some evenings.
Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location.
Put the suit away when heading to Babe's Restaurant and Lounge — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Commute by bike to Babe's Restaurant and Lounge and find easy bike parking.
Babe's Restaurant and Lounge is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Babe's Restaurant and Lounge.
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Babe's Restaurant and Lounge is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
Just-right juicy steaks are the norm at Porterhouse Steak and Seafood, a five-star worthy, fan-favorite steakhouse.
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
Get online gratis thanks to Porterhouse Steak and Seafood's complimentary wifi.
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Porterhouse Steak and Seafood.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Porterhouse Steak and Seafood's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Porterhouse Steak and Seafood's tasty dishes at your next party.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood's diners will appreciate the free parking in a lot next door.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
At Porterhouse Steak and Seafood, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Porterhouse Steak and Seafood knows there's nothing like a big, juicy steak, so head on down and see what all the hype is about.
So sit down to an excellent steak dinner at Porterhouse Steak and Seafood, where you can expect terrific flavor and quality in every bite.
Build your own burger at Cracker Barrel — this restaurant serves all-American food.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Cracker Barrel, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Cracker Barrel.
Keep it casual at Cracker Barrel, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Cracker Barrel.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
For those who travel by bike, Cracker Barrel offers bike racks for diners.
Brunch is the house specialty at Cracker Barrel, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Cracker Barrel's restaurant today.
Swing by Cracker Barrel today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Cracker Barrel is all about.
Chinese cuisine that's hard to beat can be found at Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant in Lakeville's Argonne Park neighborhood.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant for a group meal.
Between the music and the crowds, Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant's noise levels can be intense.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
If you are looking for an innovative and creative Chinese restaurant in the area, check out Tak Shing Chinese Restaurant.
Dress down for your next pizza party — Goodfellas serves a low-key slice in Lakeville's Lakeville district.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Goodfellas.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
For no extra charge, utilize Goodfellas' free wifi.
Whether you have a large or small group, Goodfellas can accommodate both.
A relatively loud pizzeria, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Goodfellas.
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Goodfellas.
Meals at Goodfellas usually set you back about $30 per diner.
So head over to Goodfellas, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Goodfellas a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings at Lakeville's Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
This pizzeria guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill.
Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this pizzeria.
Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Throwing a big party? Count on Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Carbone's Pizza Bar and Grill.
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.