Nov 232008

Cuisine : American, Steak, Chops, Ribs, Fish & Seafood
Restaurant Features: Sports Bar, Patio, On-Site Parking, Happy Hour

Locations: Brooklyn Park & Vadnais Heights, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Brooklyn Park– 8078 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 ( 763) 424.9919

Vadnais Heights– 953 County Road E Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 (651) 287.3900

Link: Mad Jack’s Website


Atmosphere: The Vadnais Heights location is just off 35E and Co. Rd E in a large building outside a long strip mall, Festival Foods and Target complex.  The restaurant is divided into two main area, the dining room and the bar area.  There is a nice double-sided fireplace and lounge area between the two dining areas.  The kitchen is also open so you can watch the cooks work their magic.


Here is a peak at the mini lounge area between the main dining room and the bar area.  The bar area is very large and has several tall tables in addition to ample seating at the bar.


One thing that is easy to notice about Mad Jack’s is that there are a LOT of TVs throughout the restaurant.  Each high-backed booth in the dining room also has its own personal TV.


Menu: Appetizers include Sirloin Tips, Coconut Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Jacked Up Nachos, Hash Browns, Filet Tips, ** Spinach Artichoke Dip, **Bruschetta, **Calamari, **Jackadilla, **Szechuan Green Beans, **Wings, **Cornbread, **Chicken Tenders, **Garlic Cheese Bread, **Potato Skins, **Onion Rings, **Cheese Curds, **Chili Cheese Fries, **Sweet Potato Fries, **Homemade Potato Chips, and **Chips and Salsa, and **Flatbread (choice of Margherita, Caprese, Rotisserie Chicken, Sun Dried Pesto, and BBQ Chicken). Appetizers with ** are 1/2 price daily from 3:30-6:30pm and Sun-Thurs 10pm-12am.

Soups include Chicken Wild Rice and Chili.  Salads offered are Jack’s House Salad, Chopped, Buffalo Chicken, Taco, Caesar, Strawberry Feta, Greek, and Thai Chicken Peanut.

Sandwiches offered at Mad Jacks include Philly Beef, Old Fashioned Club, Meatball Sub, BBQ Chicken, Pork Loin, Cuban, Artichoke Chicken, Fish, Veggie, Hawaiian Chicken, Reuben/Rachel, Turkey Melt, and Grilled Ham and Cheese.  Wraps include Asian, Chicken Caesar, Club, or Southwestern.  There are also several specialty burgers.

Handmade Pizzas can be made-to-order, or choose from Garbage Pizza, BBQ Chicken, White Delight, or Mad Meat.

Pastas include Spaghetti & Meatballs, Baked Ziti, Fettuccine Alfredo, Sausage Tortellini, and Tilapia Farfalli.

Entrees offered are Lumberjack Salmon, Chicken Marsala, Shrimp Scampi, Walleye Fillet, Grilled Pork Loin, Fish & Chips, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Jack Kebabs, Open Faced Chicken, Rack of Lamb, Rotisserie Chicken, Rack of Ribs, and Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Desserts include Creme Brulee, Cheesecake, Apple Crsip A’La Mode, Vanilla Ice Cream, Milkyway Mousse Cake, and Bread Pudding.

There are also a couple of weekly specials: 1/2 price Spaghetti & Meatballs with garlic bread on Wednesdays! ($4.50 for a huge helping!)

Price guide: Appetizers $7-12 Salads $4-10 Burgers & Sandwiches $8-11 Pasta $9-15  Pizza $9+ Entrees $12-22  Desserts $3-8
What we ordered: Since it was Happy Hour, we started with a couple of half-prized appetizers, Calamari and Hot Wings.  The Calamari was a combination of rings and tiny squids, both cooked perfectly so that the breading was crispy with calamari cooked perfectly tender.  Served on the side was a chunky sweet marinara sauce and also spicy mayo, both very good.

The Hot Wings were huge and seemed to be just a little more spicy than other buffalo wings (I like that!), with a fair amount of sauce.  Bleu cheese and celery on the side for dipping.


I had the meatball sub for my entree, which came with homemade potato chips.  The meatball had tender but firm texture, seasoned with pepper, fennel, rosemary, onion.  Very good! The meatballs had a light amount of marinara and then provolone baked over the top, served on a somewhat soft French roll.  It was too huge and messy to eat with my hands, so I cut it into smaller bites and dipped it in a side of marinara.  The potato chips were crispy but I wasn’t very interested in them.

Madjacks-meatballsub1000 One of my companions ordered the Flatbread Caprese Pizza, which consisted of a very thin, flat crust with melted gorgonzola cheese, fresh basil, roma tomato slices, and balsalmic vinegar.  The crust was nice and crispy and the flavor of the ingredients blended together rather well.


Another companion ordered a Mushroom Swiss Burger with French Fries.  The burger patty was quite big, and the bun it came on was thick and substantial.  Fresh mushrooms were sauteed and then swiss melted on top.  The giant portion of homemade fries were fresh-cut of varying sizes and fried to a crispy golden brown.


I chose to go back to Mad Jack’s later the same week as my first visit and ordered The Reuben Sandwich.  The first two bites were awful! The corned beef was very tough and I couldn’t even bite through it.  The server offered another sandwich, but the rest of it was actually pretty good.  I think those first couple of bites of corned beef should have been removed by the cook before it was served, but the rest of it was  tender and flavorful.  The sauerkraut was mixed with the 1000 Island dressing and on the mild side.


Service: The service at Mad Jacks was exceptional.  The servers were very attentive and when our food was ready, it was the cook himself who served it to the table, wanting to know if there was anything else he could do.  The responsibility of serving staff seemed to be somewhat shared, as we seemed well taken care of.
Overall Impression: Thought it was great! The Happy Hour specials are a great deal, the food was quite good, and the service was exceptional.  I’ll be back soon
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  12 Responses to “Mad Jack’s Sports Cafe ~ Vadnais Heights & Brooklyn Park, MN”

  1. Bad service, horrible food and even worse management!

  2. My husband and I were at Mad Jacks today about 1pm. We had to to seat ourselves (after a waitress saw us & walk right by not saying anything to us or anyone else) & flag down a waiter. We ordered the scallops for an app. & the cuban sand. The waiter brought us the sandwich right away & said they just happen to have one ready. It had to have been sitting a while, the meat was dry and hard & not fresh. We did tell the manager and all he said was oh sorry. We told the waiter we would like a fresh one. We got it. Then we had to flag him down to get the bill. They weren’t even busy.

    Just thought you should know.

  3. Went in for Thursdays’ night special Had the Ribs dinner for two special. Before we could finish half the wings (which were sub par) the ribs were served. Looked great. But the plastic it was microwaved in tasted like *** ! The veggies looked good but were quite rubbery and bland Being quite disappointed with the meal, the server was quite gracious but ended up paying $25.00 for two beers & 4 chicken wings(YUCK) Once a year we stop by this neighborhood joint hoping they’ve improved, but I’m ALWAYS let down. Won’t be back!

  4. I love the food on both the regular and Gluten Free menu, plus most of their foods are MSG free. There Greek salad with Chicken and Filet Appetizers are Excellent. My family and I have had several large gatherings in their party room and we love the place and the food!

  5. I was in last weekend (at Brooklyn Park location) and this was one of the worst experiences I have ever had at a restaurant. I was out on the patio and waited quite some time before the waitress came over to our table. She was waiting on other tables, completely ignoring ours, and then would go stand behind the bar while we were waiting to put in an order for drinks. She finally came over and we ordered our drinks. They too took a while to get. In the meantime she continued to help other tables as she ignored ours. The people sitting next to us had to go up the patio bar and get their own menu. They became so frustrated that they left. We ordered our food and a drink. My drink never came so my boyfriend went up to the bar to get it. And again it took the waitress a very long time to get us our bill. Once we got it we saw that they had charged me for the drink she never brought me. When my boyfriend brought that to her attention she was really questioning him about it and did not really believe him. She did finally take it off the bill. I decided to mention something to the manager and he really had no concern about our unhappy experience. I was really disappointed how he handled it, especially because he was a manager. My boyfriend and his friends go there often and have not had that bad of service before. But after that experience they will not be returning. I would not recommended this restaurant to anyone.

  6. Have ate there Many times with my Mom, sisters, grandma, and my girls! Food has always been good and the Service as well! HH I have yet to enjoy myself, yet when there I saw the Good times happening around their Large Bar!

  7. Thanks for the great post and sharing these amazing pictures. Seeing all that food has now made me very hungry. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.

  8. We had a good meal at Mad Jacks, in line with the previous reviews. There was a surprise. We paid for the tab and left a cash tip for our server. When my monthly credit card bill arrived, about 20% was added to the credit card charge. After 2 calls to the manager, no refund yet. Beware giving them your credit card.

  9. Mad Jack’s happy hour is one of the best in the Twin Cities. You can get your favorite drink at half price, as well as most of the items on their appetiser list at half price. I’m not aware of many other places where you can get a couple of beers and a large serving of hot wings for about $8.

  10. I went to the Vadnais Mad Jacks after work with some of my co-workers. I had the Bleu Cheese Burger and it was great! They have a magician on Mondays and she’s amazing! I highly recommend this place and if you can go on a Monday, be sure to ask for the magician. She said she also works at the Mad Jacks in Brooklyn Park on Tuesdays.

  11. We ate there last night and it was good. I had the Tilapia and while it was a little fishy tasting, I still liked it. We shared the Milkyway Mousse Cake for dessert. YUMMY!

  12. My wife, son and I just tried this place on Saturday as it’s minutes from our house [Vadnais Heights], and boy…we were quite impressed. The rack of lamb was very flavorful, my loved the sausage tortellini (not too cheesy, not too much sauce), and the sweet potato fries were to die for.
    The only negative, and in my book it’s a fairly big one, is the noise. We dined at 5:30 and there was a lot of background noise plus the TVs…and yet the restaurant wasn’t at capacity (we didn’t wait for a table, and when we left there STILL wasn’t a wait).

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