The Spice of the Cocktail Life

It must of felt like along drive out to the country when White House opened on Olson Memorial Highway in the late 1940’s. The restaurant added a tiki torched cocktail lounge and Chinese cuisine in the mid-50’s. In 1960 the establishment was sold to local rug salesman, Irv Schectman. In …

The Magic of Michael’s

A golden Diana stalks golden deer in a golden forest at Michael’s in Golden Valley. The postcard shows only a small corner of the spacious, richly decorated addition to what was once one of the most popular dining places in the Twin Cities. The project was close to the heart …

Axel’s Lunch Room

Axel Anderson opened up Axel’s Lunch Room at 2217 East Lake Street in 1912. The restaurant served railway workers from the nearby Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad yard and Twin City Rapid Transit employees from the Lake Street Station across street. Axel came to America from Sweden in 1888. …

Afro Deli on the West bank

The Afro Deli on Riverside is so cheap and so delicious that I considered not writing about it. Sometimes when you let everyone in on a secret, it gets spoiled. But I’m going to risk it. Mainly because plenty people know about it already and it’s just a matter of …