Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Cowboy Jacks in Plymouth and embrace the mess.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Cowboy Jacks.
Cowboy Jacks will be able to accommodate your large party.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Cowboy Jacks.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
With the booming music and energetic crowds, this restaurant can get downright loud.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the restaurant on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend.
Cowboy Jacks offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Cowboy Jacks can also cater your next party; call today for details.
At Cowboy Jacks, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Cowboy Jacks' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
An average meal at Cowboy Jacks will set you back about $30.
Cowboy Jacks has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
There's no doubt about it. The food at Cowboy Jacks is finger-licking good, and you'll always leave their restaurant satisfied.
Make sure your next meal is a good one. Get your barbecue on at Cowboy Jacks.
Have your burger your way or try Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' new combinations for a mouthwatering treat.
At Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, you can enjoy healthy and gluten-free eats.
This burger joint patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this burger joint just as much as mom and dad.
Your group can sit comfortably at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, a local restaurant.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
You can also grab your food to go.
You can also serve food from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at your next party — the burger joint offers catering.
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.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the burger joint.
Three meals a day are served at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
So head on over to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and pick up a delicious burger today.
So when you're in the mood for a casual dining adventure, head to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and try one of the tasty burgers.
For a creative and innovative burger filled with endless flavors, look no further than the highly-rated Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.
If Thai cuisine is your not-so-guilty pleasure, sample some (or all) of the delicious dishes diners can't stop raving about at Thai Table.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Thai Table diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Thai Table caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Thai Table won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For the tastes of Thai Table from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Cyclists are in luck. Thai Table provides bike parking.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at Thai Table is waiting.
When pad thai is on the mind, get comfortable with the highly-rated fare at casual Thai Table.
If you're going to eat out, Thai food at Thai Table is the easy and fun choice.
Treat yourself to a new lunch or dinner option today and enjoy a tasty Thai dish from Thai Table.
After immigrating to the United States at age 20, Greece native Dino Adamidis cut his teeth in the restaurant industry as an employee at his sister’s steakhouse. He enjoyed the work, but still aspired to own his own business, a dream he carried with him from Greece. In 1982, he and his wife Vona decided to pursue that dream by opening a small white and blue stand at a local art fair where they sold gyros to spectators, often cinching a sale with free meat samples, saying, “We knew if the people would try it they would love it.” Love it they did, but it wasn’t until 1986—four years and several food stands down the road—that the couple opened the first freestanding Dino’s Gyros with only eight booths and a single particle accelerator.
Today, Dino’s is run by the two oldest children and serves quick Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from six locations. The menu still highlights the classic gyro, often with innovative twists, such as the Greek Philly, a gyro-meat mound sautéed with onions, green peppers, and swiss cheese. Catering services offer the same delicious fare as box lunches, family-style buffets, or busts carved from gyro meat.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Time to cheers to another week in the can at Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant and order great food.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant on weeknights.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant, which embraces a casual vibe.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Diners at Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant provides service throughout the day.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to Red Rooster Lounge and Restaurant for tasty American fare.
Old Chicago is home to the familiar hot slice and relaxed pizza house atmosphere.
For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the pizzeria offers quite the selection.
Old Chicago offers a new take on healthy dining.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At Old Chicago, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Grab the kids when you head to Old Chicago — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan.
Old Chicago has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Dine out in the open during Old Chicago's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the pizzeria dress informally.
Can't get enough of Old Chicago's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Free parking is available to Old Chicago's diners that need it.
Dining at Old Chicago will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Old Chicago serves up all three meals.
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.