Pizza Factory's cheesy goodness cannot be beat — this mellow establishment has perfected the art of pizza.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu.
Pizza Factory is a fine restaurant selection for those craving healthy, gluten-free food.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
Pizza Factory offers an affordable happy hour.
Pizza Factory caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Pizza Factory's complimentary wifi.
Be sure to call for a reservation if the pizzeria is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pizza Factory's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Pizza Factory.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Pizza Factory.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Pizza Factory a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Arden Hills - Shoreview's Barley John's Brew Pub, a local pub.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Barley John's Brew Pub's wifi.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Barley John's Brew Pub is a great summer destination.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Barley John's Brew Pub, so dress for comfort when you come.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Barley John's Brew Pub.
The average check at Barley John's Brew Pub will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Barley John's Brew Pub happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
Are you ready for a bite of pure heaven with Barley John's Brew Pub's delicious pub food?
Let your mouth have a fiesta of its own at Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, a casual Mexican restaurant.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is our corner of happy and healthy with rich flavors and bold ingredients.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
You can also have Acapulco Mexican Restaurant cater your next event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Travel by bike to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
So come on over to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
When you have a craving for some ethnic Mexican fare, make your way over to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and indulge in an array of eats.
Scott Hansen's Comedy Gallery splits sides with stand-up comedy performances served up alongside full dinners. Take a seat at Ric McCloud's Comedy Cabaret at 8 p.m. to enjoy a quarter-chicken dinner, served with soup or salad, and the choice of a baked potato, au gratins, garlic mashed potatoes, wild rice, steamed vegetables, or a side of already-primed smiles. At 9 p.m., the laughs begin as that evening?s comic takes the stage. On September 9 and 10, veteran Minneapolis comic Jodie Maruska relates hilarious hijinks about life, family, and body acceptance. On September 16 and 17, Eugene Meaux presents a menagerie of relatable characters from daily life in a fun, friendly, and real performance. On September 24, laugh along with comedian Jim Wiggins, who has tickled audiences on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, in a performance that harkens back to the witty styles of comedians like George Carlin and Thomas Edison.
For a meal that won't leave you hungry, head to Culvers for a juicy patty and side of your choice.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this burger joint.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Culvers, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Culvers, you can surf the web and get some work done.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this burger joint.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Culvers will ensure that it is delicious.
Diners will appreciate the quick and easy parking options located near this dining establishment.
From signature options to classics, Culvers has you covered when it comes to burgers.
When you're up for a casual meal, head over to Culvers and grab a burger.
The year 1927 saw Babe Ruth’s Yankees dominate pro baseball and the precursor to Big Louie's Bar and Grill—Main Street Tavern—open in Minneapolis. In addition to depicting athletes from that bygone era, the Big Louie’s menu catalogs an array of traditional American bar and grill fare. From boneless wings to fish ‘n’ chips, the cuisine roster has even more depth than the famed Yankees lineup of ’27. The restaurant further establishes its entertainment value by hosting karaoke and bingo and by not allowing recitations of real-estate-law books.
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.