Birch's Lowertown burger

Birch's Lowertown

289 E. 5th St., St. Paul
Birch's Lowertown burger Rick Nelson

This Saintly City branch of a Long Lake brewery is located in Lowertown’s Market House Collaborative, a kind of mini food hall that genuinely practices the “Collaborative” portion of its name. Shane Oporto, chef of anchor tenant Octo Fishbar, created the Birch’s Lowertown menu and produces it in the Octo kitchen. The milk-enriched bun is baked on the premises at the Salty Tart, and the burger’s beef, sourced from a single (as in “one,” and not “unmarried”) comes from the collective’s Peterson Craftsman Meats counter. “What I’m noticing from butchering over here at the butcher shop is that I’m able to grab short rib, rib eye, chuck, all the lead pieces from the round,” said Oporto. “That’s why the flavor is so good.”