Come taste what Penalty Box is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
At Penalty Box, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Penalty Box.
If you're seeking a highly-rated American restaurant in the area, look no further than Penalty Box.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Ginger Cafe in Anoka is the place to be.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Ginger Cafe's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Many diners choose to drive to Ginger Cafe, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
At Ginger Cafe, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Fans of Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this pizzeria's drink list.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta — just right for large and merry gatherings.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta for catering.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta offers safe bike parking outside.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Mansetti's Pizza and Pasta?
Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Serum's Good Time Emporium in Anoka.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Perfect for after-work outings, Serum's Good Time Emporium's happy hour is hard to beat.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Serum's Good Time Emporium.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Serum's Good Time Emporium.
The pizzeria can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Or, take your grub to go.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
For those who travel by bike, Serum's Good Time Emporium offers bike racks for diners.
Meals at Serum's Good Time Emporium are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Serum's Good Time Emporium.
What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Billy's Bar and Grill.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Billy's Bar and Grill.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Billy's Bar and Grill's patio.
Musical groups perform live at Billy's Bar and Grill, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Guests take to street parking at Billy's Bar and Grill's Jackson St spot.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Billy's Bar and Grill.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Billy's Bar and Grill — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Billy's Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Billy's Bar and Grill.
A culinary gem, Culvers in Anoka on W Main St is an acclaimed spot for wonderful burgers and tasty ice cream. Stop by for the great quality and stay for helpful service. You'll be planning your next trip to Culvers before you know it.
Thanks to its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when the Minnesota weather is suitable. Streetwear attire is acceptable, so feel free to come as you are. Also, though the prices may be low, you can bank on the ingredients being fresh. In fact, you should easily be able to enjoy a good meal for nine or ten bucks, and can probably get in and out for just a Lincoln if you try.
In addition to its standard menu that's well-suited for take-out, the restaurant even provides catering for events around town.
One of the better quick-service franchises in the area, a trip to this Culvers is definitely worthwhile. 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.
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.