Food & Drink

Arriving at Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake, patrons are greeted by 41 years of rich history.

Entering the Ox and Crow Coffeehouse, the newly renovated and rebranded coffee shop/eatery that was the Coffee Cottage for more than two decades, the first thing you take in, besides the smell of fresh coffee, is the

Most people consider meatloaf a bad memory from their childhood, served by parents on a school night and something they tried desperately to avoid, but reluctantly ate because they wanted to play with their friends.

Walking in to Gordy’s Steakhouse is like taking a trip back in time, when a night out meant sharply dressed couples enjoying sumptuous steaks and ice-cold martinis in dimly lit corner booths.

Theresa Rotter’s experience as a graphic designer is evident in every perfectly sculpted fondant detail of the cakes, cupcakes and cookies she bakes. And her work is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Celine Carlson has been in the hospitality business for more than 40 years, and she’s seen a lot of food trends come and go.

The little cabin in the woods on the shore of Goose Lake has undergone many changes over the years, but its current incarnation as Cabin 61 may be its best form yet.

Sure, Halloween is about the kiddos in their cute costumes and their sweet pleas for treats in lieu of tricks. It’s about orange plastic pumpkins filled with bite-size chocolate bars and sugary candy that moms and dads hope their pint-sized progeny forget about in a week or so.

Big Wood Brewery continues to create great brews. The business began in 2009 during the recession, when beer was brewed in a wood flooring distribution company and served to its contractors at seminars, as a way to boost spirits.

Some days, it can be hard to tell if you’re on the right path to achieving your goals, but for Shawn and Barbara Smith, the dozens of loyal regulars at their White Bear Lake restaurant are a sure sign of success.

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