What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Matthew's Family Restaurant.
Matthew's Family Restaurant's chefs have carefully created a menu filled with flavorful and healthy eats.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Connecting to affordable wifi is simple and easy at Matthew's Family Restaurant.
Matthew's Family Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Matthew's Family Restaurant is ultra casual.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Matthew's Family Restaurant offers catering.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Matthew's Family Restaurant offers safe bike parking outside.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Matthew's Family Restaurant.
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Matthew's Family Restaurant and load up on some classic American dishes.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Matthew's Family Restaurant.
One of the best-rated restaurants in Circle Pines, Miller's On Main has a relaxed vibe with an inviting menu that features burgers. It's a local favorite for those that want fantastic food.
Defined by its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when the Minnesota weather cooperates. There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, it's common knowledge that the background noise can get a little loud here.
For those who are interested, the menu does feature healthy items and it's been tabbed as a nice option for both families with children and large groups. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out menu. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a good selection at its bar.
A good spot for lunch, chances are you won't walk away from Miller's On Main disappointed. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Should you prefer to pedal over there, bicycle parking's also provided.
Come to Trappers Bar and Grill to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
For healthy meals with a twist, head to Trappers Bar and Grill.
Trappers Bar and Grill is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Trappers Bar and Grill is ultra casual.
For the tastes of Trappers Bar and Grill from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Trappers Bar and Grill is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Trappers Bar and Grill s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Trappers Bar and Grill also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Trappers Bar and Grill and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Trappers Bar and Grill today.
It's not uncommon to find quality Chinese dishes packed with rave reviews at renowned spot Apple Garden.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Apple Garden, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
You can also have Apple Garden cater your next event.
Apple Garden's patrons can find places to park in the area.
The average check at Apple Garden will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Apple Garden since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you're seeking upscale Chinese cuisine, look no further than Apple Garden.
Stop looking around for the perfect Chinese food when Apple Garden is ready for your order!
If your lunch hour is limited, swing by McDonald's for a quick burger and fries.
Quit fat and gluten at McDonald's, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
McDonald's is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
At McDonald's, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
McDonald's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
McDonald's serves up tasty burgers at a quick pace, so stop by today and enjoy a great meal.
When you're on-the-go and need to grab something quick to eat, make your way over to the highly-rated McDonald's.
Swing by Dough Joe's Pizza in Lino Lakes for your next meal.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Dough Joe's Pizza.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Dough Joe's Pizza — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Dough Joe's Pizza offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Dough Joe's Pizza is a bit of a splurge at around $50 to $75 for a meal.
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.