If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Ginny's Drive-In in West Concord.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Ginny's Drive-In.
Put the suit away when heading to Ginny's Drive-In — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Fed up with difficult parking? At Ginny's Drive-In, you will find easy nearby parking and good eats.
When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by Ginny's Drive-In.
Champlin's Mavericks Wood Grill has tasty eats and creative beverages.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Mavericks Wood Grill.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Take the kids along too — this restaurant is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Mavericks Wood Grill's gorgeous patio.
Wifi access is totally free at Mavericks Wood Grill, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Mavericks Wood Grill.
Bring your favorite furball along to Mavericks Wood Grill — it has a dog-friendly policy and keeps its doors open to pooches.
The dress code is strictly casual at Mavericks Wood Grill, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Or, take your grub to go.
Bring the Mavericks Wood Grill's great food to your place.
Mavericks Wood Grill's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Mavericks Wood Grill offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Meals at Mavericks Wood Grill usually set you back about $30 per diner.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Q-Fanatic in Champlin.
Vegan diners won't have a hard time finding a tasty meal at Q-Fanatic.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Q-Fanatic is a great location to host a group dinner.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Q-Fanatic is ultra casual.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Q-Fanatic for their catering services.
Q-Fanatic's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
Q-Fanatic offers various parking options, including bike parking.
If a trip to the ATM isn't on the agenda, visitors have the convenience of paying by major credit card.
So pay Q-Fanatic a visit today and dig into some delicious and fresh barbecue dishes.
Whether you're craving cookout-style cuisine or just love laid-back barbecue, Q-Fanatic is a spot worth checking out.
Whether you love them dunked in ranch dressing or smothered in barbecue sauce, the wings at Champlin's Buffalo Wild Wings will fit any taste.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
From cheap drinks to good eats, Buffalo Wild Wings' happy hour is a steal.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Buffalo Wild Wings with their complimentary wifi.
On warmer days, take advantage of Buffalo Wild Wings' outdoor seating.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
For those who travel by bike, Buffalo Wild Wings offers bike racks for diners.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Buffalo Wild Wings, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
The wings at Buffalo Wild Wings make for an exciting and fun meal.
Home to Chinese favorites like sweet and sour chicken, Enjoy China is a quality neighborhood spot where diners are guaranteed A+ entrees.
Enjoy China is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Enjoy China for a group meal.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Enjoy China will ensure that it is delicious.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Don't spend time searching for parking — patrons are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Enjoy China is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Enjoy China offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
For an upscale take on traditional Chinese cuisine, look no further than Enjoy China.
Enjoy China serves up traditional and innovative Chinese fare, so head on over today and check out the menu options.
Visit Dehn's Country Manor and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Dehn's Country Manor is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Dehn's Country Manor is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
No need to gussy up for a trip to Dehn's Country Manor, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
At Dehn's Country Manor, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Dehn's Country Manor s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
At Dehn's Country Manor, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, though breakfast and lunch are also options.
For lunch or dinner, make plans to try Dehn's Country Manor.
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.