Axel's Bonfire is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Keep your diet in check at Axel's Bonfire, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
Enjoy a meal with all your loved ones. Axel's Bonfire makes it easy for big groups.
At Axel's Bonfire, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Axel's Bonfire.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Axel's Bonfire's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Axel's Bonfire.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Axel's Bonfire's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
Axel's Bonfire is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Axel's Bonfire provides service throughout the day.
Don't look any further, head to Axel's Bonfire for your next American meal.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Axel's Bonfire and taste your way through some great American dishes.
So stop by Axel's Bonfire today and check out the creative takes on classic American dishes.
Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Savage's Savage district.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill can seat both large and small groups.
If you're feeling up to it, take a turn on the dance floor.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill's low-key style is the perfect match.
Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Drive to lunch or dinner at Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street.
Meals at Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Neisen's Sports Bar & Grill tastes like pure heaven!
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Savage's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Buffalo Wild Wings is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Create your own hotspot with Buffalo Wild Wings' affordable wifi.
The restaurant tends to blast tunes over an already rambunctious crowd, so be ready for thunderous noise here.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Buffalo Wild Wings is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
The wings at Buffalo Wild Wings make for an exciting and fun meal.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
If Thai cuisine is your not-so-guilty pleasure, sample some (or all) of the delicious dishes diners can't stop raving about at Spice Thai Cuisine in Savage.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
At Spice Thai Cuisine, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
In addition to its great location, Spice Thai Cuisine is also located near plenty of parking options.
An average meal at Spice Thai Cuisine will set you back about $30.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Spice Thai Cuisine is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Come find out for yourself why everyone is talking about Spice Thai Cuisine, and take your Thai culinary experience to the next level.
When Thai food is calling your name, make your way over to Spice Thai Cuisine for some classic dishes.
Pop over to Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company in Savage for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company.
Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company is making the best of both worlds happen: creating food that is full of flavor and affordable!
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company.
For a pizza that is out of the world, call or make a visit to Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company.
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.