A lovely cafe, Island View Dining will charm visitors to their core.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Island View Dining is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
At Island View Dining, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
The dress code is strictly casual at Island View Dining, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Catering services are also available.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Island View Dining.
Island View Dining offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Island View Dining, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Get your favorite American classic at the best cafe in town, Island View Dining!
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Hollywood Sports Complex.
Calorie-counters won't find any low-fat fare here, so enjoy the menu and take a break from the diet.
Toast your evening out at Hollywood Sports Complex with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Hollywood Sports Complex, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Skip long waits and head to Hollywood Sports Complex with your large group for easy seating.
If you're hitting Hollywood Sports Complex on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Bring the Hollywood Sports Complex's great food to your place.
You can also grab your food to go.
At Hollywood Sports Complex, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Meals at Hollywood Sports Complex are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Hollywood Sports Complex accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Take a table at Who's On First Saloon and Eatery in Waconia and look forward to your next meal.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Large groups will appreciate Who's On First Saloon and Eatery for its ability to seat them quickly.
Wifi is on the house at Who's On First Saloon and Eatery, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Who's On First Saloon and Eatery.
Who's On First Saloon and Eatery can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Diners at Who's On First Saloon and Eatery will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
Visit Mid-Town Family Restaurant for some true American comfort food.
Your group can sit comfortably at Mid-Town Family Restaurant, a local restaurant.
At Mid-Town Family Restaurant, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Mid-Town Family Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Short on time? Don't wait for a driver — pick it up yourself.
Dine at Mid-Town Family Restaurant and keep your car safely parked in a nearby lot.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Mid-Town Family Restaurant and taste test your way through the menu.
No matter what type of American dish you're in the mood for, Mid-Town Family Restaurant has a great selection of dishes to choose from.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Mid-Town Family Restaurant is all about.
For a juicy burger in no time flat, swing by local favorite McDonald's.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at McDonald's.
Large groups will appreciate McDonald's for its ability to seat them quickly.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back McDonald's is come-as-you-are.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
You can also serve food from McDonald's at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
If parking is a concern, you'll be happy to hear that there are many convenient options in the area.
If you can't make it in the morning, try McDonald's for lunch or dinner.
So when you're pressed for time or just want a really great burger, enjoy a quick meal at McDonald's.
When you live in the fast lane, your meals should keep up with you. Get the speedy service you deserve at McDonald's.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Papa Murphys Take n Bake's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Whether you have a large or small group, Papa Murphys Take n Bake can accommodate both.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Papa Murphys Take n Bake accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Everyone's talking about Papa Murphys Take n Bake. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
There's no doubt about it. Papa Murphys Take n Bake out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
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.