Food & Drink

We scoured our archives for the best dishes featured in White Bear Lake Magazine throughout the past year, added some tweaks and updates from these local restaurants—many of which are finalists in this year’s Best of White Bear Lake categories as well—and pulled together one delectable d

It’s like a broken record: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet it seems to be the hardest one to achieve; we choose an extra hour of sleep, we’re too hurried to sit down to—much less prepare—a real meal, our sleepy appetites are sluggish.

Preparing food for others runs in Long Vo’s blood. For 20 years his family has been in the business of opening and running restaurants.

Before he was Pete, he called himself Pom Pom or Barry. And before that, his Thai mother named him Pibul. “I’m a man of many names,” he says.

As winter wears on (and on and on), fresh vitamins seem scarce. So we turn to citrus. At the peak of its season, citrus is sort of an edible facsimile of sunshine.

Baking is often thought of as a way to keep family traditions alive, and Cheri Kane’s Sweet Chericakes and Confections is another testament to that truth. “Both my grandma and my mom, they were bakers,” Kane says.

You may have noticed a warm new glow along Whitaker Street in the space formerly occupied by Roadside Pizza.

In Minnesota, every conversation starts with the weather. Good or bad, it is our civic duty to pay homage to Mother Nature’s supremacy. So let’s get it out of the way. Yes, this is winter, it’s cold and we are allowed to complain.

It’s fascinating to note how geographically disparate cuisines invent the same thing at the same time. In this case, we’re thinking about rolls.