Cuisine: American, Bakery, Burgers, Desserts, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar (beef and wine), On-Site Parking
Location: Brooklyn Center, MN
Address: 5524 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN – (763) 560-4947
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Links:50’s Grill Website * Google Map
Atmosphere: As the name suggests, the atmosphere of the 50’s Grill is one that takes you back in time. When you first walk in to the restaurant, you see that all the servers are wearing pink Poodle Skirts! There is a large bakery counter filled with delicious pies and cakes, and there is also a counter where Old Fashioned ice cream treats are made (complete with black & white tiling and antique malt mixer!)
If you didn’t already feel like you were in the 50’s just upon entering the building, the dining room will surely do the job with its’ black & white checkered flooring, blue and pink neon lights around the edge of the ceiling, and an impressive collection of framed posters and art from the 50’s Era. The space is divided into several four-person hot pink high-backed booths that allow for more privacy. There is also a section of the dining room near the windows that has tables that can be arranged to accommodate bigger groups.
There is also this lounge area to the right when you first enter 50’s Grill
Menu: Appetizers and sides include Shrimp Basket, Chicken Tenders, Onion Rings, Pepper Jack Cheese Fries, Krinkle Cut Fries, and Mashed Potatoes.
Salads at 50’s Grill are served with homemade bread and include Grilled Chicken, Caesar, Chicken Caesar, Shrimp Caesar, Orange Almond, Ranch, Garden, Chef and Turkey Salad (mayo based).
Homemade Soups: Mon- Chicken & Wild Rice, Tues-Split Pea & Ham, Wed- Cream of Broccoli, Thurs- Navy Bean & Ham, Fri- Seafood Chowder, Sat/Sun- Beef Barley
Sandwiches offered are the Santa Fe Chicken, Cajun Chicken, Rajun Cajun, Grilled Chicken Club, Turkey Guacamole and Bacon, Turkey Reuben, Walleye, Turkey, Turkey Club, Turkey Salad, BLT, Cod FIsh, and Veggie Burger.
Burgers at the 50’s Grill are made from 6 oz. of fresh ground beef include 50’s Grill Burger, 50’s Grill Cheeseburger, The Big Cheese, Bacon & Smoked Cheddar, Guacamole Burger, Multi-Grain Melt and Patty Melt. 4 oz burgers can also be made and include Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Pepper Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheeseburger, and California Burger. Bison Burgers are also available made from lean ground Bison.
50’s Grill Dinners are all served with fresh baked bread, soup or salad, real mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, and vegetable. Entrees include Carved Turkey, Rotisserie Roasted Chicken, Homemade Meatloaf, Hamburger Steak, Hot Turkey Sandwich, Canadian Walleye, Jumbo Shrimp, Famous Chicken Pot Pie, and 8 oz Sirloin. There are a coupe of surf & turf combos as well.
The number of Desserts to choose from is astounding! Handmade Pies baked fresh daily include Apple, Sugar-Free Apple, Apple Crisp, Wild Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, French Silk, Lemon Merinque and Pecan. Cheesecakes include Plain, Cheesecake topped with strawberries, raspberries, chocolate or caramel, Turtle Cheesecake, and Raspberry Hot Fudge (topped)Cheesecake. Award-winning Cakes include Carrot, Chocolate Fudge, Turtle, and German Chocolate.
Ice Cream treats include Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cones or Dish, Old Fashioned Malt (25+ flavors), Sundaes, Banana Split, Root Beer Float, and Ice Cream Sodas.
Price guide: Appetizers Sandwiches $6-8 Burgers $6-8 Dinner Plates $9-15 Pie $3.79/slice Ice Cream $3-5
Weekly Dinner Specials: Monday- Stuffed Rotisserie Chicken, Tuesday- Carved Roast Turkey with Dressing and Mashed Potatoes, Wednesday- Pot Roast with Carrots & Onions Thursday- Hot Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes, Friday/Saturday- Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que with Coleslaw and Baked Beans
What I ordered: Many of the many choices looked great but I was in the mood for a burger so I had the Guacamole Burger. The ground beef patty was pretty big and tasty and was served on a toasted bun baked fresh at the restaurant. The bacon and fresh guacamole added the expected flavor and really made the burger. I think it would’ve been even better if I had added Pepper Jack or Swiss cheese and maybe even some jalapenos (I love spice to kick things up a notch). The krinkle-cut fries were your standard frozen krinkle fries.
My companion had the 50’s Grill Cheeseburger, topped with American cheese, tomato, lettuce and red onion.
I couldn’t come to a restaurant like 50’s Grill that has so many desserts and not try a few (for the sake of this review of course ;) ), so we also got a couple of slices of pie to-go. The strawberry rhubarb pie was delicious! You could tell from the freshness of the ingredients and flaky pie crust that this was fresh, homemade pie. The filling had large pieces of both strawberry and rhubarb, both a little sweet and a little tart. Delicious!
We also tried the Coconut Cream Pie because this is one of my favorite types of pie. The filling was thick, vanilla-pudding-based (homemade and not from a box!) with grated coconut shavings mixed within. The pie had a thick layer of real whipped cream atop the pudding, then topped with toasted coconut flakes. Delish!
Service: We were shown right to a table when we arrived and were then promptly greeted by our server. Our server (dressed straight out-of-the-50’s with her poodle skirt and bobby socks!) was nice and made some good suggestions about the menu. Our food was served quickly and beverages were refilled often.
Overall Impression: Fun place! Good burgers and awesome desserts!