Chocolate—there’s nothing like it. For some, it’s their one guilty pleasure. For others, it’s the perfect antidote for a bad day. No matter what your level of chocolate-loving is, we tend to think its divine in all of its variations and forms. From decadent dark chocolate tortes to molten chocolate cake, here’s a sampling of the best chocolate creations that White Bear Lake has to offer. Read more about Restaurants: Best Chocolate Desserts in White Bear Lake
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Ever been bored by the cheddar cheese/bacon or lettuce/tomato/onion combinations that appear on every burger menu? Not a problem at BYO Burger, a recent addition to the White Bear Lake dining scene.
The restaurant opened last May, replacing a Zantigo’s Mexican franchise, and has been packed with burger enthusiasts since. It’s a second location for the construction-themed shop, which is adorned with signs cautioning patrons to “Watch Your Step—Burger-Building in Progress,” and offers free construction hats to kids. Read more about BYO Burger Lets You Construct a Dream Burger
Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. And for many, that means kicking their New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds into high gear. But watching what you eat doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. To aid you on your quest for figure-friendly dishes, we’ve found some of the area’s most scrumptious selections that won’t leave you feeling one bit guilty.
SEARED WILD SALMON
“A chicken in every pot” was Herbert Hoover’s presidential campaign slogan in 1928; a plentitude of chicken dinners was a reflection of national prosperity. His vision was realized: now there is a chicken in every pot—and one in every oven, microwave, grill, rotisserie—you get the picture. Chicken is now one of the most popular (and economical) choices for dinner. It’s wonderfully versatile: from the simple roasted bird to an elaborate coq au vin, everyone has a favorite chicken dish. We rounded up a flock of fine chicken dishes for you to enjoy nearby. Read more about Review: Great Chicken Dishes in White Bear Lake
“Dessert” and “holiday” are practically synonymous; for many of us, this is one of the few times that we freely indulge in sweets. We look forward to the sugary treats as much as we do the other stuff. Since there is only so much real estate in our tummies, it’s important to weigh all the options and choose carefully, since the array can be a tad overwhelming. We’re here to help. Whether feeding a crowd or stashing a little something-something for yourself, the scrumptiousness awaits. Here are a few mighty tempters to sweeten the “other stuff.” Read more about Review: White Bear Lake Holiday Desserts to Sweeten the Season
The food at Black Sea Restaurant is authentic Turkish fare, mainly because husband-and-wife owners Tolga and Cigdem Ata hail from Turkey. The first Black Sea Restaurant opened in 2000 in St. Paul, and when Tolga Ata took over the restaurant four years ago, he got to share a little bit of his homeland with Minnesota. From the pictures on the wall to the décor, and even what’s on the television, the Black Sea Restaurant is like a mini-tour of Turkey. And now folks in the White Bear Lake area can experience this Turkish delight. Read more about Black Sea Restaurant Brings Turkish Fare in Gem Lake
Legend has it that some dude named Sandwich (the Earl of Sandwich? Count Sandwich?) was the first to get the idea of stuffing tasty tidbits between slices of bread. His ingenious discovery has transcended its origins to spawn a sandwich universe that’s evolved to cross lines of class, culture and continents. Portable, affordable and infinitely adaptable, sandwiches satisfy at any meal. There is a serious array of sandwiches to choose from ’round here—what are you in the mood for? Here are our favorite seven picks on the mighty ’wich. Read more about Review: Seven Great White Bear Lake Sandwiches
With football season in full swing, it’s time to bring out the plethora of tasty snacks that go along with rooting for your favorite team. And lucky for us, White Bear Lake has plenty of great places to watch the game or grab snacks for a crowd of hungry football fans. Here are some of our favorite bites for game day, courtesy of your local eateries.
MIKE’S BARBECUE RACING RIBS
Gearheads Saloon and Grill Read more about Review: White Bear Lake’s Hot Spots for Fabulous Football Fare
When you walk into the Cobblestone Café in the heart of downtown White Bear Lake, you’ll see a black-and-white photo from 1947 of two smiling waitresses in their Malt Shoppe uniforms. On June 2 of that year, the Malt Shoppe opened its doors, advertising free cake with each dish of ice cream on grand opening day. Read more about Cobblestone Cafe's White Bear Lake Legacy
Beat the summer heat with the delicious cucumber margarita from Acqua. Cucumber and mint infused with Sauza Blanco tequila, fresh lime and salt served on the rocks will go down smooth and cool. This hand-crafted cocktail costs $10, and will leave you feeling refreshed. 4453 Lake Ave. S., White Bear Lake; 651.407.7317. Read more about Acqua’s Top Summer Drink