Dec 162008

Cuisine: American, Breakfast,
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking, Bowling, Banquet Rooms, Games

Location: Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Address: 729 Marshall St NE Minneapolis, MN 55413-1815

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Thursday from 6am – 11pm, Friday from 6am – 12am, Saturday from 8am – 12am, and Sunday from 8am – 11pm.

Links: Elsie’s WebsiteGoogle Map


Atmosphere: Elsie’s is a large building that has three distinct areas: the dining room, the bar, and the bowling alley.  The dining room has a mix of booths and tables, nothing fancy in the way of decor.

Elsies-inside1000 The bar area is long and narrow, with seating along the bar and bistro tables along the wall to accommodate additional diners.  Flat screen TVs hang above the bar for the sports fans.

Elsies-bararea1000 Here is the Bowling Alley, with several lanes and computerized scoring.


Menu: Breakfast items include the Sausage Wrap, Potato Wrap, Bacon Skillet, Country Hash, Hamburger Patty & Eggs, Country Fried Steak, Sirloin Steak & Eggs, Mr T Sandwich, Denver Sandwich, Country Skillet, Cajun Style Skillet, Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs Benedict, eight Specialty Omelettes, Buttermilk Pancakes, and Waffles.

Appetizers offered at Elsies are the Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Nachos Supreme, Quesadilla, Breaded Mushrooms, Mozzarella Sticks, Cheese Curds, Chicken Fingers, Breaded Shrimp Basket, Walleye Strips, Onion Rings, Mini Corn Dogs,  Mac & Cheese Wedges, Breaded Cauliflower, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Drummies, Tator Tots, French Fries and Waffle Fries.

Salads include Grilled Chicken, Chef, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Cajun Chicken, Cobb, Garden, Taco Bueno, Buffalo Chicken, and Oriental Chicken. Soups include Chili, French Onion, and a Soup of the Day.

Elsie’s Sandwiches are the Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Cheese, Grilled Ham & Cheese, Nord East Classic, Grilled Chicken Breast, Cajun Chicken, Italian Beef Hoagie, Tuna Melt, Turkey Club Wrap, Southwestern Chicken Wrap, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Chicken Ranch Melt, Turkey Hoagie, Broadway Clubhouse, Low Carb Meal, French Dip, Classic BLT, Buffalo Chicken, Pot Roast Melt, Reuben or Rachel, Canadian Walleye, Hot Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes, Steak Sandwich, and Prime Rib Sandwich.  There are also ten Specialty Burgers, or you can build-your-own burger.

Entrees include Stone Arch Chicken, Chicken Mushroom Monterey, Chicken Parmesan, Fried Chicken, Twin Pork Chops, Liver & Onions, Meatloaf, Sirloin Steak,  New York Strip, and Prime Rib.  Seafood entrees include Canadian Walleye, Bourbon Salmon, Orange Roughy, Jumbo Shrimp, and Lemon Pepper Walleye.  There are some entree combinations available.

Pastas offered are Beef Tips over Fettuccine, Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti with Meatballs, and Chicken Pesto Alfredo.

Price guide: Breakfast $6-10 Appetizers $4-9 Sandwiches & Burgers $8-9 Entrees $11-19 Seafood  $14-18 Pasta $11-14
What I ordered: I love breakfast and I love spice, so the Cajun Skillet seemed to be calling my name.  The dish advertised pepperjack cheese, but I was not expecting the thick layer of barely-melted cheese that topped the entire skillet (I wasn’t too fond of all that cheese).  The peppers and onions were sauteed nicely, but the potatoes were still a little on the hard side and could have been cooked quite a bit longer.  There was a decent amount of cut-up breakfast sausage and the Cajun spice had a nice kick to it.  It came with salsa and sour cream which I asked to be put on the side.  The scrambled eggs were typical scrambled eggs, as was the wheat toast.

Elsies-cajunskillet1000 One of my companions ordered the Bacon Skillet with scrambled eggs.  Good flavor, lots of bacon, mushrooms and cheddar cheese but the potatoes were still slightly hard.

Elsies-baconskillet1000 Another companion ordered the Northwoods Omelet, which came with wild rice, bacon, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.  My companion ordered it with tomatoes also and thought it was good, but kind of boring since all the flavors were so mild.

Elsies-northwoods1000 Another companion ordered the Veggie Omelet with a side of fruit instead of hashbrowns (which Elsie’s charged extra for instead of just substituting.


Service: The service at Elsie’s was okay.  Despite the fact that Elsie’s does not take reservations, our party of four adults, one child and three infants was able to get a table in the dining room late on a snowy Sunday morning.  The wait staff was nice and accommodating, but almost a little too friendly toward all the babies.   At one point one of the older servers helped herself to the newborn baby in our group without asking for permission, which completely caught the baby’s mother off guard.  Also, our food did not all come out at once, but was a process that took almost 10 minutes because of missing items (such as toast!)
Overall Impression: The breakfast at Elsie’s was okay, but nothing to write home about. The overall menu is large and I would like to try a meal other than breakfast sometime.  Prices are reasonable, but the restaurant itself is in need of some redecorating.  Servers were nice but could use some lessons in etiquette.
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  One Response to “Elsie’s Restaurant, Bar & Bowling Center ~ Northeast Minneapolis, MN”

  1. Your server helped herself to a newborn baby… How did it taste?

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