Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Houlihan's, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare.
Healthy eaters will enjoy Houlihan's, a local restaurant filled with healthy eats and gluten-free options.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
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.
Happy hour at Houlihan's is filled with deals and steals.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Houlihan's.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Houlihan's' free wifi.
Houlihan's provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
Houlihan's offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Houlihan's also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
At Houlihan's, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
Menu items at Houlihan's tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
Don't look any further, head to Houlihan's for your next American meal.
At Houlihan's you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Fireside Pizza — this Northwest Richfield pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Fireside Pizza serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Fireside Pizza and order great food.
Folks tend to dress down at Fireside Pizza, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this pizzeria for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
At Fireside Pizza, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options.
Don't take out a second mortgage for food so delicious it's life changing. We've got you covered with our meals priced under $15.
The pizzeria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Fireside Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Just because Fireside Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
Fireside Pizza cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Fireside Pizza to make that amazing pie a reality.
At this locally-owned neighborhood pizza and chicken shack, fresh ingredients and toppings are used to create a menu filled with a wide variety of choices including pizza, pasta, chicken, appetizers, salads, and desserts. The versatility in their menu allows them to fulfill the specific tastes of any customer, and their dedication to maintaining quality and personalized service keep diners returning for more.
Dozens of specialty pizzas: Boss' owner believes their pizza crust, made fresh daily and rolled out to order, is a "vessel to serve food, not just pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese," and as a result, you can order from a large selection of gourmet specialty pizzas including shrimp alfredo pizza, bacon mac 'n' cheese pizza, and breakfast pizza with eggs, bacon, and a choice of veggies.
Broasted, not fried, chicken: Unlike other restaurants, Boss' cooks its chicken in a pressurized fryer, not a traditional fryer. According to the owner, this helps seal in the juices. The hand-breaded chicken is also made to order instead of being kept in a warmer, ensuring hungry diners are getting the freshest meal possible.
Community involvement: The restaurant tries to give back to every community it's in by sponsoring youth, adult, and all-kitten sports teams. Local and longtime lifetime Twin Cities area resident, Owner Roger Helgeson looks for ways to help out the local community, with fundraising opportunities available for local organizations upon request.
Listen up, sugar-lovers! Celebrated as one of the best bakeries in town, Patrick's Bakery Cafe is a must-try for those searching for their sweet fix.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this bakery has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this bakery — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
At Patrick's Bakery Cafe, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Dine out in the open during Patrick's Bakery Cafe's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Patrick's Bakery Cafe welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Through their catering service, Patrick's Bakery Cafe can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this bakery.
Whether you're heading to Patrick's Bakery Cafe for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
A mid-priced establishment, Patrick's Bakery Cafe offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
At Patrick's Bakery Cafe, you can pay with any major credit card.
Don't deprive your taste buds, see what the buzz is about at Patrick's Bakery Cafe.
So don't go to any bakery. Patrick's Bakery Cafe is highly-rated for a reason.
Score your next slice at Broadway Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Broadway Pizza's beautiful outdoor seating area.
Broadway Pizza is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Broadway Pizza — it's strictly casual.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Broadway Pizza's tasty dishes at your next party.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the pizzeria's take-out and delivery options.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Broadway Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Broadway Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
Broadway Pizza cooks up great, casual pizzas just how you want them: delicious and scrumptious.
With a pizza from Broadway Pizza, you'll truly maximize your night's amount of fun.
A tasty, grilled blend of meats and veggies waiting for you at Richfield's Khan's Mongolian Barbeque.
For innovative meals that are healthy and low-fat, head to Khan's Mongolian Barbeque.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Khan's Mongolian Barbeque.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Khan's Mongolian Barbeque's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Diners at Khan's Mongolian Barbeque will love the free parking nearby.
Khan's Mongolian Barbeque is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Khan's Mongolian Barbeque has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Full of spice, the Mongolian food at Khan's Mongolian Barbeque certainly makes for an exciting meal out.
So head on over to Khan's Mongolian Barbeque and browse the extensive menu of classic and innovative barbecue dishes.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Khan's Mongolian Barbeque for the best in casual barbecue.
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.