For tasty American fare, head to Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill for a sandwich and side.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Got kids? No problem at Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill's great happy hour.
Wifi is on the house at Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill's patio.
If you're hitting Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill a try.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill for your next meal.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Maplewood 5-8 Tavern and Grill.
All the best flavors fuse together at Bambu, an Asian-inspired spot in Maplewood - Oakdale in Saint Paul.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Bambu is a prime location to dine with a group.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Bambu with their complimentary wifi.
The patio tables outside of Bambu are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Bambu — it's strictly casual.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
You can also have Bambu cater your next event.
Bambu is just steps away from a parking lot.
An average meal at Bambu will set you back about $30.
At Bambu, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Bambu provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Bambu is what happens when cooks get creative with Asian cuisine, so get ready for pure deliciousness (and a medley of global flavors).
So for casual Asian fare with a twist, the dishes at Bambu will put a smile on your face.
Just-right juicy steaks are the norm at Outback Steakhouse, a five-star worthy, fan-favorite steakhouse.
Diners with dietary restrictions will appreciate Outback Steakhouse's gluten-free options.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Outback Steakhouse to grab a spot on the patio.
Outback Steakhouse is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Outback Steakhouse wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Driving to the restaurant is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
Prices at Outback Steakhouse are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
So whether you enjoy steak or just come for the sides, people can't get enough of Outback Steakhouse.
Whether you like your steak rare or well done, Outback Steakhouse serves up great steaks all day long.
Don't forget the chips and salsa at this delicious gem! Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is a spot serving tasty Mexican fare.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Acapulco Mexican Restaurant's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Prices at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
When you're ready for a delicious meal, pay Acapulco Mexican Restaurant a visit and taste the many flavors of Mexico.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
In 1934, Don Gulden opened a tavern next to a golf course. Over the next 40 years, this tavern saw a forced relocation, several name changes, and even a disastrous fire. Yet the undaunted Gulden's always reopened and forged on, buoyed by the reputation of its mixed drinks and much-discussed holiday parties. Long after Mr. Gulden sold the building in 1974, it fell into the hands of Mike and Brenda Gengler, who paid tribute to its creator by renaming it Gulden's Restaurant & Bar.
In keeping with the spirit of the original, the new and improved Gulden's still hosts special dinners for holidays such as Mother's Day and Thanksgiving. A downstairs banquet hall offers catering for special events and a private place for the building's ghosts to convene at night, but it's the restaurant's everyday menu that continues to attract regulars. Chefs grill tender sirloin steaks, slow-cook hickory pork ribs, bake lasagna from scratch, and coat frog legs in crunchy beer batter, so there's truly something to satisfy everyone.
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.