As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats.
It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans.
After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company.
We make quality food fresh just for you!
Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection.
Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Lazy River Bar and Grill is a local favorite.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Lazy River Bar and Grill's happy hour is a steal.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Lazy River Bar and Grill's complimentary wifi.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Lazy River Bar and Grill.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table if you're headed over on a weeknight — it can get quite busy with the after-work crowds.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Lazy River Bar and Grill's business casual code.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Lazy River Bar and Grill is surrounded by endless parking options.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Lazy River Bar and Grill tastes like pure heaven!
So next time you're hungry and want a casual meal, Lazy River Bar and Grill is the perfect destination for some good old fashioned food.
For tasty sandwiches with endless toppings, visit West Wind Supper Club.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Got kids? No problem at West Wind Supper Club! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Al fresco eating options are also available at West Wind Supper Club, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
West Wind Supper Club can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
West Wind Supper Club offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for West Wind Supper Club's business casual code.
Or, take your food to go.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from West Wind Supper Club.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to West Wind Supper Club for easy access to parking lots.
West Wind Supper Club s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as West Wind Supper Club welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at West Wind Supper Club — swing by for your favorite meal.
So if you're looking for a quick meal on the go, just pick up a delicious sandwich from West Wind Supper Club.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Junior's Bar and Restaurant in River Falls will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Cheers to the weekend! Junior's Bar and Restaurant is serving up the fun!
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Junior's Bar and Restaurant.
Junior's Bar and Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Junior's Bar and Restaurant also features live music and dancing.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Junior's Bar and Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
Catering services are also available.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Street and lot parking is simple near Junior's Bar and Restaurant.
Junior's Bar and Restaurant offers safe bike parking outside.
There's no need to spend a fortune on a delicious meal at Junior's Bar and Restaurant — most prices are under $15.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Your taste buds are calling for some down home American cooking from Shelly's Northside.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Shelly's Northside can seat both large and small groups.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Shelly's Northside, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Shelly's Northside's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
At Shelly's Northside, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Prices at Shelly's Northside typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Shelly's Northside is a cash-only venue, so patrons are encouraged to order responsibly.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Shelly's Northside's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Shelly's Northside tastes like pure heaven!
Shelly's Northside has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Steve's Pizza Palace have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Steve's Pizza Palace is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Seating is readily available at Steve's Pizza Palace for those with large parties.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
For quick and easy parking near Steve's Pizza Palace, park on the street.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Steve's Pizza Palace is ready and waiting to be served.
So bring your appetite to Steve's Pizza Palace. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Steve's Pizza Palace serves up fresh and tasty pizzas each and every time, so head on over today and enjoy some good pizza in a casual ambiance.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Steve's Pizza Palace and pick up a pizza pie.
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.