May 092007

Cuisine: Bar-B-Que, Steak, Chops, Ribs etc,

Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking

Location: Minneapolis, just outside of downtown

Addresses & Maps:

Minneapolis– 1414 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis 55403  (612) 872-1111

Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30am  Sun 12pm- 1am

Links: Market BBQ Site


Atmosphere: Established in 1946, the Market BBQ has been one of the Twin Cities most popular BBQ venues for decades.  Autographed photos of past celebrities who have visited the restaurant line the walls.  There are several tables and booths throughout the restaurant; the U-shaped booths are especially nice for parties of 6 or so, all of which are covered in red/white checked cloths.


Menu: Appetizers include chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, fried calamari, homemade chili, rib tips and potato skins.  There are also a variety of sandwiches: sliced pork tenderloin, BBQ pork, BBQ chicken salad, buffalo chicken breast, hamburger, BBQ ham, fish ‘n cheese, sliced or pulled beef brisket and a salmon burger.  BBQ entrees include spare ribs, baby back ribs, Texas beef ribs (all ribs can be ordered with 4,8 or 12 bones), beef brisket, sliced roast beef, sirloin steak, broiled pork chops and BBQ chicken.


Price guide: Appetizers $4-8 Sandwiches $8-10 Barbeque $13-25

What I ordered: Started with the calamari, thinking it was the same calamari that I ordered and enjoyed thoroughly a few months ago, but it was NOT the same.  This calamari had small, chewy pieces and was not well seasoned.  The cocktail/marinara sauce that came with was very good though.


I ordered the Texas beef brisket platter….excellent choice!  The meat was sliced thin and was very tender and moist.  I loved the giant sauteed onion strips that are just under the sauce.  The coleslaw and the thin, crispy french fries were excellent sides.



One of my companions ordered the Texas Beef Ribs (saucy) and had this to say, “The Texas Ribs were meatier than the standard spare rib and the bulk of the meat was on top of the bone and not on the other three sides. The sauce was thick but not overwhelming, just enough. A full rack, 7 (?), had too many for one person so I would suggest the 4. The coleslaw was good to. It’s truly the only other coleslaw besides KFC that I have EVER liked! You either like the stuff or you DON’T!! I loved the Texas Toast and the fries were skinny, salty and DEEEEE LISH.”






















My other companion ordered the full rack of pork spare ribs. Lean and tender, more than enough meaty goodness for a couple of people!


Even though the three of us were absolutely stuffed when we finished, one of my companions insisted that we order dessert, the “Tower of Chocolate Cake, a la mode”.  From the price on this baby ($7.95 + $1.50 for ice cream), I was expecting a LOT, and a LOT doesn’t even come close to how much of this fabulous chocolate cake there actually was…it was the biggest piece of chocolate cake I have ever seen, served on a  regular dinner plate, complete with 3 scoops of ice cream!!! The frosting was so creamy, it melted in my mouth.  This cake could probably feed an entire family of 10!



Service: Very good, as usual.  Our server was happy to offer suggestions on which ribs to order and was very thoughtful about which types of leftover containers she brought us when the meal was finished.

Overall Impression: Great service and Best darn BBQ in the Twin Cities!

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  7 Responses to “Market Bar-B-Que ~ Minneapolis & Minnetonka, MN”

  1. Horrible customer service experience with current owner (son Anthony). My husband and I have been coming here for 30 plus years off and on, we haven’t been in awhile, the food was subpar, not what we were used to ribs fatty/tough, Martini served in a small glass, burger changed for the worse. We didn’t complain, we received the bill and noticed it was pretty high for what we ordered, the waitress had the owner come over, he aggressively approached our table stating the prices were correct and we needed to pay our tab and leave. I tried to explain we were planning on paying, but we just had some questions, and he was being rude, he stated he doesn’t care if he has repeated customers, and if we didn’t leave now and pay he would call the police. We were shocked, we went up to the cash register and as I was getting my card out I was telling him how disappointing this was after being a customer for so long, and I will Never come back, and I will tell everyone I know, the owner pulled out his cell phone and started video recording my husband and I saying this is what people look like who write reviews on yelp. I told him I feel violated by his behavior, and as a nurse I am questioning his erractic behavior at which point he left the counter and went in his office. It is too bad that he is ruining the reputation of this place that has been in his family for 70 years, with his lack of customer service skills, prices and quality. We will never fo back!

  2. Our school has a site that I post pictures on and it’s like a Memory Lane. Most of us are in our 50’s 60’s and 70’s and we remember well your restaurant that was over north Mpls. I believe it was torn down so they could build the Target Center.

    Is there a picture or two that you could send me of your old place? I sure would appreciate it very much

  3. This was definitely THE BEST BBQ I have ever had. My companion and I started with the homemade onion rings; they were thick cut onions with an amazing light batter that was not greasy at all. We then had the full rack of spare ribs. The dry rub was fantastic and the coleslaw and shoestring fries were wonderful. We rounded out the meal with a huge piece of French sil pie. There was not one negative thing I could say about the food, the restaurant or the service. Loved it!

  4. I purchased a “Dinner for 2” voucher from Travelzoo. When I called to make the required reservation I was told that they wouldn’t honor the certificate. He then mentioned that I could wait until it expired and then bring it in for the face value of the deal ($39) but that they wouldn’t honor the $88.85 certificate deal. This is a SCAM!

  5. I stumbled into this place one day with my dad, I ordered the beef ribs, and my dad ordered the pork ribs, both were excellent, portions were huge, the meat was all meat, tender and juicy, not rubbery at all.
    The sauce was sent down from heaven itself.
    By far the best rib place I been to.

  6. Sorry my leg found its way into the Texas Beef Rib’s photo :~) You forgot to mention that it took me three days to finish that giant piece of chocolate cake! It was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had and I am a choco-saurus-rex when it comes to chocolate covered chocolate with a chocolate center.

  7. Hey! I remember that place! And for me to remember a restaurant that I’ve been to once means it’s REALLLY good! Everyone should try this place!!

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