Restaurants

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.

We may be nearly 6,000 miles from Tokyo, but a new destination restaurant aims to bring the flavors of Japan’s capital to the shores of White Bear Lake.

From delicious spring rolls to spicy homemade curry sauces, Ban Thai Restaurant in White Bear has been dishing out authentic Thai cuisine for 12 years.

We know there are people in the world who don’t like mushrooms. Well, this restaurant feature is not for those people. Here, we love all things truffle and mushroom.

When it comes to eating out, kids can be a chef’s toughest critics. Picky eaters abound in that 10-and-under category, so we decided to round up some of the best of the kids’ menu items in the White Bear Lake area for you and your mini gourmet.

For Pat Cranston, the concession business runs in the family. The White Bear resident opened Daryl’s Dog House in 2013, but his grandfather, Daryl, got into the business after he retired roughly 35 years before that. And he’s not alone.

On sizzling summer days, when humidity has reached tropical levels, the last thing we want to do is heat up the kitchen by cooking. Those also tend to be the (rare) days when heavy carbs just aren’t appetizing.

When June hits in Minnesota, so do all things summer: Schools are letting out, cabin weekends commence, and the air is warm. With the change in weather comes a change in what we crave, and what says summer better than berries?

We can see the end of the tunnel; the long winter nights are slowly giving way to the promise of spring. So to get us through the last vestiges of cold weather, we revisit a few warmer-upper dishes that will have you feeling satiated, satisfied and oh, so toasty.

Let’s be honest: February is rough in these parts. December’s winter wonderland has lost its sparkle, and the season feels interminable. But chin up, because there is a fun holiday this month, and it’s Valentine’s Day.

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