Krewe Brings the Big Easy to St. Joseph

Who dat?! Beignets, gumbo, and other New Orleans staples, dat who!

Raise your hand 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏼 if you’ve fallen in love with Krewe in St. Joseph. The New Orleans-inspired eatery, located 75 minutes northwest of Minneapolis, was opened in summer 2020 by sweethearts Mateo Mackbee and Erin Lucas. The New York Times reported on the biracial couple’s mission for promoting diversity and food equity in central Minnesota—an inspiring read if there ever was one.

On our last trip up, every dish we ordered was outstanding. But our favorites from the ever-rotating menu included Louisiana red beans and rice with smoked turkey and ham, crispy fried catfish with chunky remoulade, and baseball-sized hush puppies served warm in a paper bag. For the grand finale, we gotta shout out the hot, pillowy beignets blanketed in powdered sugar. Better than Café du Monde? You better believe it.

Krewe was bumpin’ last we visited, so we recommend booking a table in advance. There is ample seating indoors and out; we prefer the sidewalk because it’s quieter.

Pair a dinner reservation with some of our other favorite to-dos in St. Joseph — the three-mile hike along Lake Sagatagan to Stella Maris Chapel, afternoon tea and wheel demos at The Saint John’s Pottery, and a self-guided tour of Marcel Breuer’s hulking Brutalist bell tower at Saint John’s Abbey — and you’ll have all the makings of a spectacular day trip, especially as the fall leaves start to turn. 🍁

Krewe Restaurant
24 College Ave. N., St. Joseph, MN; 320-557-0083.