When you stay at Best Western Plus White Bear Country Inn in White Bear Lake, you'll be in the suburbs and convenient to White Bear Yacht Club. This hotel is within the region of Keller Golf Course and Indian Mounds Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 91 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Relax and take in city and pool views from the privacy of your room. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 37-inch flat-panel televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and wedding services.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in White Bear Lake? This hotel has 3200 square feet (297 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free parking is available onsite.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center for American-style cuisine.
This restaurant diners can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
Not to be overlooked is Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center's no-charge wifi.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center's low-key style is the perfect match.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center to your next party or event.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
The lot adjacent to Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center provides free parking for diners.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
At Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
The menu at Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, Tria Restaurant, Bar and Event Center is the place for you.
Washington Square Bar and Grill is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Washington Square Bar and Grill.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Dogs are welcome at Washington Square Bar and Grill, so feel free to bring Fido along.
Washington Square Bar and Grill's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Score a close parking spot at Washington Square Bar and Grill.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Washington Square Bar and Grill.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Washington Square Bar and Grill.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Washington Square Bar and Grill, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Washington Square Bar and Grill's restaurant today.
Make your way over to Washington Square Bar and Grill and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Washington Square Bar and Grill.
Donatelli's is a fantastic spot to grab a quick slice.
For food the whole family can enjoy, check out the pizzeria's pizza options and pasta choices.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Donatelli's has you covered on both fronts.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this pizzeria's menu.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Donatelli's is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
The dress code at Donatelli's is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
You can also have Donatelli's cater your next event.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Donatelli's for easy access to parking lots.
Cyclists are in luck. Donatelli's provides bike parking.
Donatelli's may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
The 21st-century is here at Donatelli's. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Donatelli's since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Donatelli's.
Pizza is a food staple that is done right by Donatelli's.
Everything from the apps to the entrees is infused with five-star Thai goodness at Ban Thai Restaurant.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Ban Thai Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
At Ban Thai Restaurant, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Ban Thai Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Ban Thai Restaurant's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Come see what all the hype is about and head to Ban Thai Restaurant for star-studded Thai cuisine.
So when you don't feel like dressing to impress but want top-notch Thai all the same, head to Ban Thai Restaurant for the best of the best.
Thai food makes for a delicious weekend meal, and you won't find much better than Ban Thai Restaurant.
If you're seeking some creative and tasty Thai food in the area, look no further than the highly-rated Ban Thai Restaurant.
Over-the-top ratings make up the menu at Acqua, and hopeless romantics call this intimate Italian spot one of the tastiest in town.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Acqua's gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Birthday, engagement or baby shower, celebrate any exciting moment with all your loved ones at Acqua.
Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Acqua.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Acqua.
Put the suit away when heading to Acqua — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Acqua prides itself in its delicious catering.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
At Acqua, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Acqua.
A typical meal at Acqua will set you back less than $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Make your next date night even more special with delicious Italian fare at the romantic Acqua.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Acqua is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
You don't need a plane ticket to experience all the best flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Acqua.
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.