Oct 162011

Here are my current picks for Best Artichoke Dip based on the restaurants I have personally visited and reviewed.  This list will grow and change as necessary.  If you know of  tasty artichoke dips at other restaurants  that I need to try, please leave me a recommendation in the comments of this post ;)

#1 Joe Senser’s Sports Theater ~ The Crab & Artichoke at Joe Senser’s really stands out as a winner.  The piping-hot baked dip was served in a ramekin with a pile of hot pita wedges, topped with fresh pico de gallo.  I thought this dip was delicious and flavorful.  You could distinctly taste both the well-blended crab and the artichokes, and a slightly smokey flavor somewhere in the blend of cheeses.  There was enough dip to pile it on every piece of pita.  A very different flavor than artichoke-spinach dip, but excellent all the same.

#2 Brit’s PubBrit’s Artichoke & Spinach dip has been my family’s favorite since the recipe was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune several years ago. It contains a blend of Four cheeses, and large chunks of artichoke hearts, fresh spinach and tomatoes. It could’ve been more bubbly brown on top but still excellent.  It is served with toasted baguette slices.   This dish is usually $11.95 but is offered during Happy Hour for a mere $4.95

#3 Gordy’s Steakhouse ~ The Spinach Artichoke Dip at Gordy’s is a large serving of creamy, cheesy dip served with a loaf of warm baguette.  This dip was heavenly! It had several bite-sized pieces of tender artichoke, along with spinach and green onion, baked with a blend of cheeses.  The crusty bread was partially sliced and offered the perfect compliment in texture to the creamy dip.  The serving was quite big and would easily feed more than two

Artichoke and Spinach Dip at Gordy's Steakhouse ~ Mahtomedi, MN

Artichoke and Spinach Dip at Gordy’s Steakhouse ~ Mahtomedi, MN

#4 Porterhouse Steaks and Seafood ~ The Spinach Artichoke Dip at Porterhouse is also delicious, it was rich and creamy from the parmesan cheese and had large chunks of artichoke and spinach blended throughout.  It was served with a loaf of hot baguette.  Big portion.

#5 Santorini Taverna ~ The Artichoke and Crab Dip at Santorini Taverna is a delicious blend of cheeses, with garlic and chunks of artichoke and crab, baked until hot and bubbly then topped with fresh tomatoes.  It was a decent sized order served in a ramekin with several triangles of warm pita bread.

#6 Chianti Grill ~ The Spinach Artichoke Dip at Chianti Grill is also very good.  This was a large portion of cheeses, artichoke, spinach and onion blended then baked in a ramekin.  It was served with a sliced, toasted baguette.  Delicious! The dip was very flavorful, partially because it had a lot of onions in it, which I thought was great.  You might not love it as much if you aren’t a fan of onions.

#7 Bunny’s Bar & Grill ~ The Artichoke Dip at Bunny’s is a creamy blend of artichokes, roasted red peppers, chiles and parmesan cheese.  It was baked in a ramekin and served with garlic toast.  Delicious and flavorful!

#8 Tria~ The Artichoke Dip at Tria is also very good.  The blend of cheeses, spinach and artichokes was baked in a ramekin with breadcrumbs on top.  It was served with a plate-full of  golden baguette toasts.  Both the dip and the toast were wonderful, just wish there was more dip for all the toast

#9 Shorewood Bar & Grill ~ The Spinach Artichoke Dip at Shorewood is a creamy blend of cheeses baked in a ramekin and served with pita bread.  It had the rich flavor of artichoke, spinach, onions, parmesan and other cheeses and was baked until the cheese was a bubbly golden color.

Spinach Artichoke Dip at Shorewod Bar & Grill ~ Fridley, MN

Spinach Artichoke Dip at Shorewood Bar & Grill ~ Fridley, MN

#10 WA Frost & Co ~ The Artichoke Dip at WA Frost is also wonderful.  The blend of cheese and artichoke was covered with cheese and baked to a crispy brown.  It was served with lavasch, a cracker-style flatbread. This is a  feature on the HH menu so the portion size is quite small.

Artichoke Dip at WA Frost & Co ~ St Paul, MN

Artichoke Dip at WA Frost & Co ~ St Paul, MN

#11 Psycho Suzi’s ~ The Backfire Dip at Psycho Suzi’s is a chunky dip made with artichokes, jalapenos, red pepper and cheeses.  This was a flavorful dip similar to many artichoke dips with the exception that it was much spicier than the average due to the jalapenos.  I thought it was pretty good.  I enjoyed the spiciness and it had plenty of chunks of artichoke.  It was served with sliced baguette.

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip at Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge ~ Minneapolis, MN

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge ~ Minneapolis, MN

#12 Roma Restaurant, Market and Bar ~ The Spinach Artichoke Dip at Roma was good.  The flatbread it came with was made to order and was the best part of the dish; it was baked with parmesan cheese until the perfect texture of soft and crispy.  The dip was very cream-cheese dominant with subtle pieces of artichoke and spinach blended in.  We liked it but both agreed we prefer artichoke dip with a blend of cheeses and seasonings.

Artichoke Dip that did not make my list:
Axel’s Bonfire ~ The Spinach and Artichoke Dip is one of the most boring I have tried to date.  It had several decent sized chunks of artichoke but the sauce was very thin and didn’t have a lot of flavor.  It was served with tri-colored tortilla chips (which also happen to be my least favorite accompaniment to artichoke dip).  The good news is that we paid half-price for this during Happy Hour.

Pizza Luce ~ The Artichoke Dip at Pizza Luce came in a large ramekin with three loaves of warm foccacia on the side.  The dip was primarily cream-cheese based with roasted garlic and some parmesan.  The cream cheese flavor was quite strong.  I could taste the artichoke but only mildly, as they were very finely chopped into the dip.  The bread was thick and really flavorful on its own, the best part of this dish.

Which Artichoke Dip do you like best? Vote here now!