"Corporate would love for us to disappear, no question about that," says Moorhead Dairy Queen owner Troy DeLeon. With its seasonal hours and walk-up service windows—plus a penchant for producing menu items you won't see elsewhere—the shop has more in common with the first Dairy Queen, which opened in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, than the sleek stone-walled Grill and Chills you're likely to see today.
'Minnesota' on Serious Eats
Lions Tap serves the classic ideal of a burger (described as a "purist's favorite" on the menu) and is better for it.
Besides rustic loaves and pastries, Sun Street Breads is known for its biscuits, many of which get split and transformed into breakfast sandwiches.
It's the moment some people have been waiting for: the Guinness record for world's biggest burger in a one-off event has been broken. Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota, served the record-breaking 2,014-pound, 10-foot-diameter bacon cheeseburger on Sunday at their Big Burger Bash event.
Several weeks ago, Ed raised the question of whether a serious pizza-maker could have more than two great pizzerias. I found myself revisiting that question and some related ones on a recent trip to Mozza Mia outside Minneapolis. The pizzeria, from a very corporate restaurant group with little, if any, background in pizza, puts out pies with very good and creative toppings, but on a crust that falls a bit short.
One of the most exciting parts of the pizza boom that's swept the nation is seeing people well into careers that have nothing to do with food giving it all up to pursue their pizza dreams. Ann Kim was a professional actress when the pizza bug bit her. She followed her pizza dreams and Minneapolis is better off because of it.
No pizzeria in Minnesota has gotten more hype than Black Sheep. I walked in excited to see the best of what the state has to offer. But muted flavors and some problems in execution meant that I would walk out disappointed.
Thin slices of pork loin sizzle on a flat top as the cook at Manny's Tortas douses the meat with seasoning salt. The pork loin torta ($7.45) is available at both locations of the popular Minneapolis takeout restaurant, which offers ten tortas total, from steak to Hawaiian.
Jamal Hashi, the 29-year-old chef/co-owner of Safari Express, introduced the camel burger last year at the East African takeout restaurant Safari Express in the Midtown Global Market. Known as the "king's meat," camel is reserved for weddings and other special occasions in East Africa, said Hashi, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States when he was 11 years old. He decided to offer a camel burger after getting an overwhelming response from Minnesota State Fair goers who were curious enough to try "Camel on a Stick."
Lorentz Meats in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, is on the small side, but it's growing. The small-is-beautiful types think Lorentz is getting too big, but the company is touted as one of the most efficient, clean, and successful processing plants in Minnesota, and widely used by small farms. I visited the plant last year. Not wanting to delve too deep into the politics of meat processing, my approach was more focused on the actual butchering process. This episode is more of an informative music video.
Minnesota is a pizza melting pot. The Minnesota spin on classic Midwest-style pizza is usually thin crust, cut tavern-style into square pieces, usually leaning heavily on cheese. There's often some grease to pat off. But starting in the 1990s, numerous other pizza styles started to show up across the state. Here's our guide to where to eat pizza in the North Star State. Add your suggestions in the comments!
If you follow pizza geekery in general or pizza in the Twin Cities specifically, you may know Aaron Landry, the Slice Sage of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. When this guy talks pizza, I listen. He pinged me about Pizzeria Lola saying, "I've been three times and it's quite solid. An out-of-the-blue fantastic add to the Minneapolis pizza scene."
If you missed last night's episode of the Food Network's Outrageous Food, which featured Randy's Premier Pizza of Oakdale, Minnesota, here's a picture of owner Randy Hueffmeier (right) making the giant "nine-person" pizza with the show's host, Tom Pizzica.
I've been a fan of Surly Brewing Co. ever since my friend Lee of Hoptopia gave me one of his precious cans of Furious, an intensely brisk IPA with some rich Scottish malt thrown into the mix. (Thanks, Lee.) Who's behind this awesome Minnesota beer? A rock star. Literally.
We'll let the players settle football bragging rights on the field, but we can judge which city reigns supreme when it comes to serious vittles. So without further adieu, here's the NFL playoffs, Serious Eats style.
In response to Monday's incident of when two pilots landed on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to get a burger at Burger Jones, the restaurant will name a burger after the pilots called The Mile High Club burger. Proceeds from the...
[Photograph: Jennifer Simonson, Star Tribune] Yesterday afternoon, two pilots landed their planes on frozen Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to grab burgers at Burger Jones. Not knowing it was illegal to land there, they received tickets for parking illegally, reports WCCO....
On Slice parent site Serious Eats, smile asks: We've just recently moved to Minnesota and can't seem to fulfill our pizza craving. There are tons of pizza places but we don't know which ones to try anymore because every pie we've ordered here has a set of characteristics that don't seem right to us:1. A round pizza cut into 30-40 tiny, unequal pieces2. Paper thin crust that feels like wet cardboard3. Toppings under the cheese4. Cheese in a seemingly disproportional amount (maybe because of the crust) that slides down your throat while you're still chewing on it like taffyWe've asked...
[Photograph: Burger Jones] At Burger Jones in Minneapolis, crazy/suicidal eaters can take the Meat It or Beat It challenge: If you finish the Meat Your Maker burger in less than an hour, you win "an exclusive, open-casket-quality T-shirt" and/or $20...