If you're craving tasty Chinese cuisine, Fong's Restaurant and Bar in Prior Lake is sure to hit the spot.
Fong's Restaurant and Bar's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Skip long waits and head to Fong's Restaurant and Bar with your large group for easy seating.
Fong's Restaurant and Bar goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
You can also serve food from Fong's Restaurant and Bar at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
At Fong's Restaurant and Bar, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
Fong's Restaurant and Bar offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Fong's Restaurant and Bar is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
With so many delicious dishes to choose from, Fong's Restaurant and Bar is surely the best choice in town for Chinese food.
For a quick Mexican meal, El Tequila Family Mexican is a go-to option.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Connecting to affordable wifi is simple and easy at El Tequila Family Mexican.
Your large group can all sit together at El Tequila Family Mexican.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
At El Tequila Family Mexican, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
Bike parking is quick and easy at El Tequila Family Mexican.
El Tequila Family Mexican is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as El Tequila Family Mexican welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Spice up your every day with delicious Mexican food at El Tequila Family Mexican.
So treat yourself to a variety of tasty Mexican dishes at El Tequila Family Mexican and cure your hunger cravings.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at The Cove Pub.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Your large group can all sit together at The Cove Pub.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to The Cove Pub's wifi.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
At The Cove Pub, you can easily find parking in the lot next door.
The Cove Pub's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, The Cove Pub hits the nail on the head.
The Cove Pub happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Just imagine that first bite into The Cove Pub's delicious pub food, isn't it about time you ordered from them?
Head to McDonald's for a quick patty melt on those extra busy workdays.
McDonald's knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
During the summer months, don't miss out on McDonald's' outdoor patio seating.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to McDonald's for easy seating.
Wifi here is on the house.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Endless parking options are readily available close to McDonald's.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of McDonald's.
McDonald's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When a juicy burger is calling your name, stop by McDonald's and pick one up for lunch or dinner.
McDonald's serves up quick and tasty eats, so make your way over to this fast food restaurant.
Snack on tasty pub fare at The Wilds Golf Club, a local favorite.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
The Wilds Golf Club's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at The Wilds Golf Club.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to The Wilds Golf Club for easy access to parking lots.
At The Wilds Golf Club, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
The Wilds Golf Club's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
The Wilds Golf Club certainly has all your pub favorites to make an evening comfortable for the whole gang!
Load up on carbs at Perrons' Sul Lago — this Italian joint serves tasty grub.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Perrons' Sul Lago is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
You don't need a plane ticket to experience all the best flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Perrons' Sul Lago.
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.