Check out Rosemount's Rudy's Redeye Grill.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Rudy's Redeye Grill to grab a spot on the patio.
Rudy's Redeye Grill is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
This restaurant is very loud, so prepare for a wall of sound.
It's time to take out your best dress and get ready for a beautiful meal.
Catering services are also available.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Save some dough on parking at Rudy's Redeye Grill.
At Rudy's Redeye Grill, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
All major credit cards are accepted.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Celts Irish Pub and Grill, a local pub.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Celts Irish Pub and Grill offers an affordable happy hour.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Celts Irish Pub and Grill.
Celts Irish Pub and Grill tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Celts Irish Pub and Grill also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Our customers come for our delicious food. They stay in our free parking.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Celts Irish Pub and Grill.
Isn't it time to go to a pub that doesn't take their food lightly? Celts Irish Pub and Grill makes tasty bites that maximize the meaning of indulgence.
Visit House of Coates for some true American comfort food.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
House of Coates draws a good-sized crowd on weeknights as workers head over after leaving the office.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and House of Coates will ensure that it is delicious.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
House of Coates is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of House of Coates.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to House of Coates for a great bite.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at House of Coates.
At House of Coates you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Come taste what Applebee's is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Keep it casual at Applebee's — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Applebee's as well.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Applebee's s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Applebee's' menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Applebee's.
At the eatery's belly, a behemoth stone fireplace lavishes tables with a warm glow that illuminates all the eclectic decor nearby. Eyes can scan diverse adornments ranging from mounted portraits and sports paraphernalia to several flat-screen TVs broadcasting the latest game. Atop glistening tabletops, forks globetrot across international fare such as Italian pizzas and thai wraps. If pairing wine's not your bag, a neighboring blackboard lists all the night's available draft and bottled brews.
Fireside also enthusiastically hosts private banquets within a full-size log cabin dubbed The Warming House. With its spacious interior and high ceilings, The Warming House can accommodate up to 52 guests for sit-down service, 70 for a mingling reception, or 150 for a contortionist convention.
For tasty Mexican fare, Rosemount's Taco John's is hard to top.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Taco John's.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Taco John's.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Taco John's.
Taco John's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
With all the spices and flavors you love, Taco John's is ready to be your Mexican restaurant of choice tonight!
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.