Jul 142012
 

Disclosure: I was invited out to The Capital Grille on this visit for the purpose of The Generous Pour wine event.  Our meals and wine were provided for us.

Cuisine: Fish & Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Address: 801 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-692-9000
Hours: M-F 11am-2:30pm  M-Th 5-10pm  Fri-Sat 5-11pm  Sun 5-9pm
Links: The Capital Grille’s Website * The Capital Grille on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: The Minneapolis location of The Capital Grille is located down town in the Hennepin Theater District, with the main entrance on Hennepin Ave and an additional entrance from inside La Salle Plaza.  The main dining room is big with several booths arranged around the room to maximize both space and privacy There are also a couple of smaller private dining rooms.

There is a bar area just inside the entrance from Hennepin.

Menu: Appetizers at The Capital Grille include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Cold Shellfish Platter, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp Cocktail, Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, and Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes.

Soups offered are the Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, and French Onion.

Salads offered include Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil, Chopped Salad, The Wedge, Caesar, Spinach with Warm Bacon dressing, and Field Greens with Tomatoes.

Chef’s Selections include Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster, Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish, Bone-In Kona Crusted Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter, Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic, Sliced Filet Mignon with Cippolini Onions and Wild Mushrooms.

Other Entrees at The Capital Grille include Filet Oscar, Dry Aged Sirloin, Dry Aged Porterhouse, Dry Aged Steak Au Poivre with a Courvoisier Cream Sauce, Filet Mignon, Delmonico Steak, Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops, and Roasted Chicken.

Seafood items include Broiled Fresh Lobster, Grilled Swordfish with Lemon Shallot Relish, Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon, Lobster and Crab Stuffed Shrimp, and Sushi-Grade Sesame Seared Tuna with Gingered Rice.

Side Items include Vidalia Onion Rings, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus with Hollandaise, Fresh Creamed Spinach, Roasted Seasonal Mushrooms, Sam’s Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, and Fresh Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel.

Desserts include Trio of Handmade Ice Creams, Cheesecake with Fresh Seasonal Berries, Fresh Berries in Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries Capital Grille, Coconut Cream Pie, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, and Classic Creme Brulee.
What we ordered: We started with a basket of different breads and enjoyed the first of many glasses of wine as part of The Generous Pour, the Lunetta Rose, a sparkling rose wine from Italy.

We started with an order of Raw Oysters, served in the half shell and on ice.  They were served with cocktail sauce and lemon and horseradish at my request.  Fresh and delicious. These went so well with the Gary Farrell 2009 Chardonnay that is part of The Generous Pour.  I love oysters and I thought these were really good

We also tried an order of the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio.  The beef was sliced ever so thin, raw with just the very edges seared.  It was topped with arulgula and lemon vinaigrette with shaved parmigiano.  This was wonderful! The beef was so tender and delicious, it melted in my mouth.  This was excellent, I especially enjoyed it paired with Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve 2007 ~ Pinot Noir, Russian River

For my entree I was debating between the Kona Crusted Sirloin and the Delmonico Ribeye. Our server made my decision very easy for me by suggesting I get the Delmonico with the Kona rub. Sold! This steak was so wonderful that it has moved its way to the very top of my Best Ribeye Steak list.  I would say this whether or not my meal was free.  The Delmonico was served bone-in and was perfectly seasoned.  The shallot butter really kicked up the flavor a notch as well.  I ordered it a medium minus and it was cooked perfectly for me.  The cut was of superior quality, the fat marbled to really give it a rich meaty flavor.  The quality of  steaks at The Capital Grille is consistently among the best out there.  We enjoyed our steaks with Conn Creek Cabernet and Ferrari-Carano.

My companion ordered the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico, which has become our new pick for best ribeye in the Twin Cities.  This bone-in steak was prepared medium rare, just as requested, with a beautiful char on some of the edges.  It was juicy and tender as can be, a superior cut  aged to give it a more robust, deep flavor.  This steak had just a hint of sweetness form the balsalmic vinegar that it is cooked with.  Wonderful flavor, a great departure from traditional steak seasonings or sauces.

We shared a half order of sauteed mushrooms to go with our steaks.  Delicious!

I absolutely had to order the Lobster Mac N Cheese. If you have never had this before, you absolutely MUST try this at The Capital Grille! It is rich and cheesy, made with a bland of marscapone, havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce. It had several big pieces of lobster throughout and was baked with white cheddar and panko bread crumbs on top.  The panko was a nice crunchy contrast to all the creaminess. SO GOOD!

We also got a half-order of Asparagus to share, grilled perfectly.

We also ordered one mini coconut cream pie to bring home.  This was absolutely delightful, I could eat it for dessert once a week if I truly wanted to indulge, it was one of the best coconut cream pies I have tried.  The base of this pie was similar to a sugar cookie and absolutely wonderful as each bite melted in my mouth. It was then topped with a layer of coconut pastry cream, whipped cream, and then shredded toasted coconut.  The portion was about the size of two pieces of standard pie so plan to share it ;)

Service: We had a reservation and The Capital Grille was expecting us as their guests for dinner and to experience The Generous Pour.  That being said, we had great service.  Our server was great about explaining each wine as he poured them for us.  Complimentary valet parking
Overall Impression:  Dinner at The Capital Grille is always a treat and it is even better when you can enjoy it with a glass of good wine… or several, as is the case with the famous summer wine event, The Generous Pour.  The Delmonico Ribeye steak and the Lobster Mac N Cheese are two of my favorite food items that I have eaten this year, if not ever.  That says a lot!

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Jul 072012
 

Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour, Late-Night Dining, Live Music, Night Club
Locations: Bloomington, Plymouth, St Cloud,  and Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Bloomington ~ 2801 Southtown Drive Bloomington, MN 55431 (952) 955-8137
Downtown Minneapolis ~ 126 N 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612)224-9950
Plymouth ~ 4120 Berkshire Ln N Plymouth, MN 55446 (763) 559-0257
St Cloud ~ 506 W Saint Germain St St Cloud, MN 56301 (320) 281-5205
Hours: Daily 10am-2am
Links: Cowboy Jack’s Website * Cowboy Jack’s on Facebook

Atmosphere: The Cowboy Jack’s in St Cloud is located in the downtown area across from the Rivers Edge Convention Center, at 5th Ave and W Saint Germain.  It is a large, open space that has an old west saloon feel to it.  There are a handful of wooden bistro tables places throughout the room as well as seating along the giant bar at the front of the room.

The Dining area is tucked back along the far side of the space, a mix of high-backed pine wooden booths and square tables.

Menu: Appetizers at Cowboy Jack’s include Blackened Fish Tacos, Walleye Fingers, Cowboy Jack’s Wings, Queso Deadwood Dip, Country Nachos, Calamari, po-Tater Skins, Sirloin Tips, Southwest Quesadilla, Jalapeno Cheese Curds, and Cornbread Skillet.  Mini Menu items include Meatloaf Sliders, Sloppy Jack Sliders, Mini Tator Tot Hot Dish, Mini Pulled Pork, Braised BBQ Chicken Sliders, Mini Braised Beef, and Mini Open Faced Chicken.

Soups include Country Cowboy Beef Stew and Soup of the Day.  Salads offered are House, House Caesar, Steak Salad, Cowboy’s Chop Salad,  Wedge, Santa Fe Chicken Salad, and Caesar.

Sandwiches at Cowboy Jack’s come with kettle chips or you can upgrade to fries or tator tots for $1.  Braised BBQ Chicken, Sloppy Cowboy Jack, Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Braised Beef Sandwich, Open-Faced Chicken, Kobe Beef Philly, Country Reuben, Build Your Own Cowboy Burger/Bison Burger/Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and Taco Wrap.

Saloon Specialties include Beef Ribs, Walleye, Flat Iron Steak, Braised Beef, Braised Chicken, Tator Tot Hit Dish, Ribeye, Slim’s Pot Pie, Pan-Fried Sunnies, Slow-Cooked Smoked Pork Skillet, and Country Meatloaf.

Sidekick Items include Waffle Fries, Onion Strings, Basket of Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Baked Potato, Vegetable, Wild Rice Pilaf, and Mashed Potato.

Cowboy Jack’s Pizzas include Four Meat, BBQ Chicken, Garbage, Buffalo Chicken, Veggie, and Make Your Own.

Desserts include Turtle Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Jack’s Sundae, Mini Donuts, and Seasonal Cobbler.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-12 Sandwiches $5-12 Pizza $9+ Entrees $13-22

Happy Hour:

  • Daily 3-6pm 10pm-12am
  • $2 Select Drinks, Select Beers
  • Half Priced Select Appetizers

Weekly Specials:

  • Sunday ~ 10am-1pm Bottomless Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers $10; Brunch Buffet
  • Monday ~ All Day $2 Sloppy Joes
  • Tuesday ~ Wing Night 5-10pm Bucket of 24 Wings for $5
  • Wednesday ~ 5-10pm $2 Burgers

What we ordered: My party and I were making a Happy Hour stop at Cowboy Jack’s between a wedding and a reception on a very hot day.  I started with a $2 Nordeast tap.

My companions and I tried a handful of appetizers, half-priced during Happy Hour, including the Calamari.  The order came with a bowl full of deep-fried calamari rings, an impressive amount of food for $4.50.  It was served with a chipotle mayo.

We tried the Southwest Quesadilla with Chicken.  The order was served with four large wedges of flour tortilla stuffed full of meaty pieces of chicken breast, tomatoes, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.  It was served with mild salsa and sour cream. Only $5 during Happy Hour

We also tried the Jalapeno Cheese Curds, breaded with a cornmeal mixture and a subtle kick of jalapeno. Not very spicy but it comes with ranch in case you want to cool it down a tad.  Another great Happy Hour buy at just $4.

A few of my companions ordered the Potato Skins, five wedges of potato stuffed with jalapenos and bacon and then topped with cheddar and green onion.  Served with salsa and sour cream.  I didn’t try tis but it looked good!

Some of my companions also ordered the Queso Deadwood Dip, a homemade cheese dip served with multi-colored corn tortilla chips.

Service: Our visit was mid-afternoon on a hot Saturday in June.  We had a large party of 10-12, but the staff at Cowboy Jack’s was able to accommodate us within minutes of our arrival.  We ordered drinks and they were delivered about five minutes later.  Our server was friendly and explained that it was Happy Hour and that several appetizers were half-priced, and that is what we ended up ordering.  The appetizers also took the expected amount of time to come out.
Overall Impression:  Cowboy Jack’s has a very fun atmosphere and is a good place to catch a meal, have a cold drink or see a live music performance.  I am bummed this place wasn’t around 15+ years ago when I was living in St Cloud to attend SCSU, my friends and I would have been regulars ;)  I plan to try more of the menu on a visit to one of the Twin Cities locations in the near future.
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Dec 102011
 

Cuisine: Mexican
Restaurant Features: Bar,
Location: Minneapolis, MN (Downtown)
Address: 609 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 11pm  Fri 11am-12am Sat 12pm-3pm & 4pm-12am  Sun 12pm-3pm & 4pm-11pm

Links: Rosa Mexicano Website * Rosa Mexicano on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Located Downtown at the heart of the Theater District on the corner of 6th St and Hennepin Ave, the Rosa Mexicano chain out of New York has finally made its way to Minneapolis.  The interior of the restaurant is posh and trendy, with unique decor including a water table with strings of diving figurines suspended above.  From a distance they looked like doves or some type of origami; I had to get closer to see what they really were.

Along one wall of the dining room are lit shelves of multi-colored liquids in clear vases, a cheap but fun way to brighten and color up the room.

There is another dining area attached to the lounge area, used for over-flow dining or private parties.

The Bar and Lounge area is just to the right of the dining room, accessible from the main entrance on Hennepin Ave.  There are a number of tables where patrons can either enjoy a cocktail or stay for dinner.

Menu: Appetizers include Guacamole en Molcajete, Tortilla Soup, Market Salad, Chicken Flautas, Yellowtail Tartare, Roasted Bone Marrow,  Crab Empanadas, Veggie Quesadillas, Queso Fundido, and Pork Belly and Sea Scallop Tacos.

Entrees at Rosa Americano include Mexico City Street Salad and Barbequed Tuna Loin, Shrimp Brochette, Butterflied Red Snapper, Salmon with Tropical Fruit Mole, Grilled Steak with Chipotle Shrimp, Short Ribs, Mixed Grill Brochette, Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms, Budin de Pollo, Chile Ancho Relleno, Pork Steak, Beef Mole Enchiladas, Chicken Suiza Enchiladas, Veggie Enchiladas, Jumbo Lump Crab Enchiladas, Chicken Tacos, Steak Tacos, and Roasted Veggie Tacos.

Mexican Dessert offerings include Churros, Cheesecake, Anejo-Chipotle Chocolate Flautas, Blackberry Tres Leches Cake, Espresso Flan, and a selection of Mexican Sorbets and Ice Creams.

Price guide: Appetizers $8-14  Entrees $16-28

What we ordered: I had heard the table-side guacamole was well-worth its $14 price tag, and since I rarely pass up the  chance to eat fresh guacamole, that is what my companion and I started with.  You can order it mild, medium or salsa and it will be made fresh, right in front of you.

We ordered the guacamole with medium spice.  It was fresh and delicious and very flavorful.  It had nice big chunks of avocado and was creamy everywhere else.

The guacamole came with Chips & Salsa.  The chips were freshly homemade; hot and crispy.  One salsa was Pasilla de Oaxaca and one was Tomatillo & Habanero.  They were very different but both very good.  The Oaxaca salsa was smokey and had some zip to it. A basket of fresh, homemade corn tortillas are also served on the side.

I ordered the Traditional Margarita.  This drink was good but was mostly ice.  At $10, it was about $2 per sip and didn’t quite pack a punch at that price.

I had asked for a recommendation for either the Salmon en Fruit Mole or the Chile Relleno with Pork.  I usually love chile relleno and the shredded pork sounded very good so I went along with this.  I was actually quite disappointed with this dish.  The chile had been roasted or smoked so that it was very hard and chewy.  Once I peeled the pepper away, there was a mound of dry, seasoned roasted pork inside.  There was no cheese as most chile rellenos have, which would have helped it int he moisture department.  The manager stopped by to ask how everything was and I was honest that I hadn’t really enjoyed the chile relleno so he insisted that they make something else for me.  I told him this was not necessary but he felt obligated to make things right and he wanted to make sure that if I didn’t want a new dish for dinner, they could at least ensure that I had something for my lunch the following day.

The meal that they replaced the Chile Relleno with was the Budin de Pollo.  This picture was taken the following day after it had been reheated in the container it was packaged in.  Despite being a day old, I enjoyed this dish more than the Chile Relleno.  There were several large chunks of white meat chicken sandwiched between two layers of soft corn tortillas that had been baked with Chihuahua cheese and strips of roasted Mexican peppers.  It also had a creamy poblano pepper sauce that was mild yet gave the dish most of its flavor.  The portion size was big enough for two meals, especially with the sides of refried black beans and rice that they also sent along.

My companion ordered the Enchiladas de Jaiba, which is jumbo lump crab with pumpkin seeds rolled into corn tortillas and then topped with a tomatillo sauce and chihuahua cheese then baked.  This was very good, but my companion did not care for the extra crunchy texture of the pumpkin seeds in this dish.

Our entrees came with family-style Rice.  This was not traditional Mexican rice but it was flavorful and tasted pretty good.  The kernels of rice were short and plumb, I am not sure which variety it was.  I especially liked all of the fresh cilantro that it was topped with.

We also got family-style Refried Black Beans.  These were smooth, creamy and delicious.

Service: We arrived late for our reservation at the prime dinner hour and unfortunately the table had been given away.  The host was friendly and we only had to wait about five minutes before another table became available and we were seated.  We started with table-side guacamole and were able to get this service immediately.  It took awhile longer for our drinks.  The entrees took nearly 45 minutes after ordering, which seemed like quite a long time.  The server apologized for the delay but not really sure why it took so long.  Our server had several recommendations for me when I asked her, but I really wasn’t impressed with her selection.  My companion ordered a soda but it was left unfilled until we asked if there were free refills or not (there are!) when our meals arrived.  When I mentioned that my dish was just “alright”, the server walked away without asking me to elaborate.  Fortunately the manager also stopped by to ask about our meals.  He went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied when we left and felt very bad that the chile relleno was not up to standard.

Overall Impression: This was my first visit to a Rosa Mexicano restaurant and while I enjoyed the atmosphere, the food was below my expectations for the amount of money we paid.  The table-side guacamole was delicious but overpriced.  The food can be good, depending on what you order, but didn’t meet my idea of authentic Mexican food.  I have found far better food on my travels to Mexico, where I have visited on twenty separate occasions.
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Jul 262011
 

Cuisine: Fish & Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Address: 801 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-692-9000
Hours: M-F 11am-2:30pm  M-Th 5-10pm  Fri-Sat 5-11pm  Sun 5-9pm
Links: The Capital Grille’s Website * The Capital Grille on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: The Minneapolis location of The Capital Grille is located down town in the Hennepin Theater District, with the main entrance on Hennepin Ave and an additional entrance from inside La Salle Plaza.  The main dining room is big with several booths arranged around the room to maximize both space and privacy There are also a couple fo smaller private dining rooms.

There is a bar area just inside the entrance from Hennepin.

Menu: Appetizers at The Capital Grille include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Cold Shellfish Platter, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp Cocktail, Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, and Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes.

Soups offered are the Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, and French Onion.

Salads offered include Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil, Chopped Salad, The Wedge, Caesar, Spinach with Warm Bacon dressing, and Field Greens with Tomatoes.

Chef’s Selections include Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster, Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish, Bone-In Kona Crusted Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter, Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic, Sliced Filet Mignon with Cippolini Onions and Wild Mushrooms.

Other Entrees at The Capital Grille include Filet Oscar, Dry Aged Sirloin, Dry Aged Porterhouse, Dry Aged Steak Au Poivre with a Courvoisier Cream Sauce, Filet Mignon, Delmonico Steak, Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops, and Roasted Chicken.

Seafood items include Broiled Fresh Lobster, Grilled Swordfish with Lemon Shallot Relish, Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon, Lobster and Crab Stuffed Shrimp, and Sushi-Grade Sesame Seared Tuna with Gingered Rice.

Side Items include Vidalia Onion Rings, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus with Hollandaise, Fresh Creamed Spinach, Roasted Seasonal Mushrooms, Sam’s Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, and Fresh Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel.

Desserts include Trio of Handmade Ice Creams, Cheesecake with Fresh Seasonal Berries, Fresh Berries in Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries Capital Grille, Coconut Cream Pie, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, and Classic Creme Brulee.

What we ordered: (Disclosure: My visit was part of a pre-arranged five course dinner held to kick-off this summer’s The Generous Pour Wine Event. I will only be writing about the items I tried that are permanent features on The Capital Grille’s dinner menu.)

I started with samples of two appetizersPictured below on the left is the Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers.  I really love calamari when it is cooked right and this calamari was cooked perfectly so that it was tender without a hint of chewiness.  It was lightly breaded and slightly crispy.  I have been loving the combo of fried calamari with peppers lately and The Capital Grille’s version really hit the spot.  The other appetizer that was paired with the calamari was the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes.  One look at this treat had my mouth watering and it smelled amazing.  The prosciutto was thickly sliced, slightly smokey and perfectly crispySimilar to bacon but even better!  The melted mozzarella was creamy, a perfect contrast to the crisp prosciutto. Could I eat nothing but this every day for the rest of my life and call it a low-carb diet? Sounds like a great idea to me!

Just before the main course we were brought a basket of different breads.  They all looked great but I didn’t want to ruin my appetite.

For the entree, I chose the Kona-Crusted Sirloin with shallot butter. This steak had exceptional flavor, having been dry aged and cut on-site, extremely tender with just a trace of marbling throughout the meat.  It was broiled at a high heat to give it the prefect amount of char while still between a medium and medium rare temperature, as I requested.  The shallot butter melted on top just emphasized its natural juices and flavors.  Everything about it was excellent.

My companion has the Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish.  This looked amazing! The salmon filet was thick and cooked al dente toward the center, as it should be.  It was seasoned with fennel seed and then covered with a relish made from shallots and tomatoes.  I tried just a bite of this and thought it was great.

We were served two different side dishes with our entrees, including the Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese.  This delicious, rich and creamy dish was made with Marscapone, Havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce.  I can’t recall having a macaroni and cheese with this exact combo of cheeses, but the flavors were pleasant while being somewhat strong. There were a handful of large pieces of lobster claw meat in the dish, which was then covered with white cheddar and Panko bread crumbs.

Another side dish we were served with our entrees was the Sauteed Spinach.

For the dessert course I chose the Strawberries Capital Grille.  This dish consists of handmade vanilla ice cream that is topped with fresh strawberries and a special sauce made with Ruby Port and Grand Marnier.  My first impression of this rich and creamy dessert was that it tasted like marshmallow but the strawberries brought a nice mix of both sweet and tart.

Service: I had great service at The Capital Grille, which can only be expected since I was their guest for this special dinner.
Overall Impression: The Capital Grille may be a chain restaurant, but it is one of the finest chain restaurants in the Minneapolis area.  You can always count on a delicious, high-quality meal at The Capital Grille.  One of the best deals around is their Generous Pour Wine Event currently running through Sept. 4, 2011, where patrons can get unlimited glasses of wine with dinner for only $25/person.

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Capital Grille Reviews in Minneapolis

Jun 162011
 

Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet, Hotel, Locally Sourced,
Location: Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Address: 615 Second Ave South  Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 288-8888
Hours: Monday – Saturday  3pm-1am   Sunday   3pm-12am

Links: The Six15 Room Website * The Six15 Room on Facebook

Atmosphere: Located in the newly remodeled Grand Hotel in Minneapolis, The Six15 Room is the newest, swankiest and most contemporary cocktail lounge in the heart of Downtown.  Located just inside the Grand Hotel entrance, The Six15 Room is not just for guests of the hotel, it is also the ideal place for anyone looking to try fun and delicious artisenal drinks and foods.

The entire space of The Six15 Room is divided into smaller little areas, including a VIP area that has comfy purple velvet-covered sofas, fluffy pillows, and an entire wall filled with a variety of mounted metallic deer trophies.

One very fun feature of the VIP room is the 50″ Flatscreen TV fully equipped with a XBOX 360.

The far end of the trophy wall has a real wild boar’s head as the center piece. I wouldn’t have wanted to run into him in the forest, this bad boy has a big ol’ snout and some big curvy teeth. The Six15 Room is taking suggestions for naming the Wild Boar, if you would like to enter, simply submit your idea with the bartender!

Here is another seating area in the lounge; complete with sofas, tables, and more big TVs.

Menu: Some of the creative signature cocktails offered by Master Mixologist Troy have fun names such as Don’t Be Coy, Turn the World On, A-lo Down Low, Caught in her Web, Rose Creek, Bite the Bulleit, Six15, and Orangegasm.  There are also a number of classic cocktails such as the Aviation, Dark & Stormy, Clover Club, Negroni, Last Word, Moscow Mule, Daiguiri, Manhattan, Margarita, Martini, Sidecar, Sazerac, and Whiskey Sour.  There are also a number of local beers on tap as well as a large selection of domestic bottles.  Big selection of wines as well.

All of the menu items offered in The Six15 Room have ingredients that are locally sourced.  Options include Calamari Fries, Turkey Burgers, Grilled Sausage, Beef Skewers, Smoked Trout, Walleye Tator Tots, Grilled Shellfish, Mixed Greens Salad, and Cheese Plate.

You can also get a Tasting Portion of the Grand Entrees, including Fish Tacos, Braised Duroc Pork Shank, Creek Stone New York Strip, and Scottish Salmon.

Desserts include Mini  Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ginger Creme Brulee with Almond Cookies, and Chocolate Lava Cake with Espresso Creme Anglaise.

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Guests staying at the Grand Hotel also have the option of ordering off a larger menu for In-Room Service.  Breakfast selections include the International Grand Traveler, Continental Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Belgian Waffle, French Toast, Beef Hash, Three Egg Omelet, Spa Egg White Omelet, Chef’s Favorite (bacon, eggs and pancakes), Berries & Granola, and Fruit Plate.

Dishes offered all day include Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Pork Pot Stickers, Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, Cheese Plate, Calamari Fries, and Poached Tiger Shrimp.

Soups offered are Cream of Wild Rich and White Chicken Chili.  Salads include the Grand Hotel Salad, Caesar, Greek and Grilled Salmon.

Individual Pizzas are also available.  Build-Your-Own, Three Cheese, Margherita, Thai Chicken and The White Pizza (alfredo sauce, caramelized onions, spinach, goat cheese and dried cherries).

Pasta Selections offered are the Spaghetti Carbonara, Mediterranean Primavera, and Noodles & Sauce.

Sandwiches include Grilled Angus Burger, Trio of Mini Turkey Burgers, Grand Club, Walleye Fish Tacos, The Duet, MLP (mushrooms, lettuce, and roasted peppers), Grilled Chicken Breast, Beef Stroganoff, and Fried Egg Sandwich.

Grand Entree Selections offered after 5pm include Eat Street Noodle Stir-Fry, Chicken Marsala, Duroc Braised Pork Shank, Creek Stone New York Strip Steak, Steamed Salmon, Walleye, and Mediterranean Primavera.

Price guide: Small Plates $9-18  Grand Entrees $15-35

What we ordered: I had a chance to meet with Executive Chef Kris Koch, the master behind the menu. Born and raised in Minnesota, Koch has deep roots in the area and well-established relationships with a number of local farmers, and sources ingredients locally whenever possible.  Many of the items he has created have a fun twist on traditional local favorites.

One of the first items we tried was the Smoked Trout from Rushing Waters.  This pretty-plated dish also included toasted bagel chips with lemon-herbed cream cheese, Koch’s spin on the traditional cream cheese and lox.  This was so good! There is just something about cream cheese and smoked fish that speaks to me and then when you add in the buttery crunch of the bagel, you have the perfect combo of textures.

Smoked Trout with Bagel Chips at The Six15 Room at Grand Hotel ~ Minneapolis, MN

Smoked Trout with Bagel Chips at The Six15 Room at Grand Hotel ~ Minneapolis, MN

Mmm, take a closer look at that deliciously smoked trout. Slightly salty and smokey, the trout had a nice, light and flaky texture without any fishiness.  It was served with lettuce and pickled red cabbage.

We also tried the Calamari Fries. You may have noticed that i order calamari at many restaurants. The calamari fries at The Six15 Room rank up there with the best.  These calamari strips were double-dipped in tempura batter and then fried just perfectly.  The batter was crispy yet the calamari was tender and delicious.  Thin slices of slightly pickled peppers were arranged on top, adding a slight bite and interesting contrast.  A lemony mayonnaise was served for dipping, a light and fresh compliment to the calamari.

Another item we tried with the first wave of goodies was the Grilled Sausage Platter.  It came with two varieties of sausage, one that was Maple flavored, the other with bits of bacon ground in.  Both sausages were excellent but one of my favorite parts of the dish was the apricot mustard. Yes, you read that right.  Pureed apricot with stone-ground mustard blended in.  A delicious combo of sweet from the fruit and spicy and slightly piquant flavor of the mustard.  The dish also came with several slices of buttered, grilled whole wheat toast.

One of the first cocktails we tried was the Don’t Be Coy.  It may come as no surprise to you that I am a Margarita Girl, so this drink was perfect for me.  Made with Herradura Tequila, raspberry syrup, Licor 43 and fresh lime, this was a wonderful blend of tart, sweet and agave.  Loved!

Another drink we tried was the Whiskey Sour.  Normally I wouldn’t think I would enjoy anything made with whiskey but I immediately changed my mind when I tried the Whiskey Sour at The Six15 Room.  This drink was fabulous! Made with Jim Beam Black bourbon, lemonade, and a touch of egg white.  The egg white gave it just a tiny hint of froth, which I thought was a great touch.  The next time I drink whiskey I hope it tastes as good as this!

After eating and drinking all of the above, a second wave of food and cocktails were brought out to us.  I was especially excited to try the Fish Tacos, a favorite food of mine. These may have been the first fish tacos I’ve had made with locally-caught walleye.  Served on double white corn tortillas, each of the two tacos had a nice size fillet of pan-seared walleye topped with pickled cabbage and cilantro.  Excellent and very filling!

Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room ~ Minneapolis, MN

Fish Tacos at The Six15 Room ~ Minneapolis, MN

We also tried the Scottish Salmon, served with brussel sprouts, jasmine rice and a sweet-yet-savory carrot ginger puree.  This salmon was very good, perfectly (under)cooked so that it retained the right amount of moisture and light flavor of the fish.  It was lightly seasoned with just salt and pepper but was dressed up by the accompanied ginger-carrot puree.

The last food item we tried was the Walleye Tator Tots.  How perfectly Minnesota is this dish? The walleye was finely blended with mashed yukon gold potatoes, spiced up and then formed into shapes about the same size as a marshmallow.  Lightly breaded then fried, these were wonderful little treats that anyone would like.  Served with a citrus tartar sauce.

The second wave of cocktails included the Moscow Mule, made with Absolut Vodka, house-made ginger syrup, fresh lime juice and soda.  Light and refreshing!

We also tried the Rose Creek cocktail, made with pear brandy.  I can’t recall having pear brandy before this, but I was pleasantly surprised to smell the sweet smell of pear about 6 inches before I brought the glass to my mouth.  It tasted just as good as it smelled! made with Clear Creek Pear Brandy, fresh lemon juice, real grenadine and Angostura (a secret blend of herbs).

Overall Impression: I was very excited to try the new Six15 Room once it opened and after trying it,  I am just as excited to return.  Executive Chef Kris Koch has a real knack for creating dishes that are not only creative and delicious, they are made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.  Everything that is offered on the menu is appealing to both locals and those who are in town and would like to try a true taste of Minnesota.  The Grand Opening of both The Six15 Room and The Grand Hotel is taking place tonight, June 16, 2011.
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Jun 112011
 

Cuisine: Fish, Seafood, Steaks, Sushi, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, Hotel
Locations: Edina & Minneapolis, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Edina– 3203 Galleria Edina, MN 55435(Edina Westin Galleria Hotel) 952.920.1142

Minneapolis– 800 Nicollet Mall  Minneapolis, MN 55402    612.338.3300

Hours: Mon-TH: 11am-10pm  FRI:    11am-11pm  SAT:     4pm-11pm  SUN:  4pm-10pm

Links: McCormick & Schmick’s Website * McCormick & Schmick’s on Facebook

Atmosphere: The Downtown Minneapolis McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is located on Nicollet Mall at 9th St..  The restaurant is quite big, or so it seems.  On the way to our table we walked by several curtained-off areas which I can only assume lead to additional or private dining areas.

My companions and I were shown behind one of the very last curtains and into a large dining room.  Deep, rich colors on the walls and floor gave it a masculine feel which was softened up by the white tablecloths.

There is also a  large Bar area at the Downtown location that has booths as well as seating at the bar.  Much less formal than the dining room but just as cozy.

Menu: The Menu at McCormick & Schmick’s changes daily, depending on what type of fresh catch is available.  The following is the menu that was available to me on the night of my visit in late May 2011.

Appetizers include Tempura Shrimp, Lump Blue Crab Tower, Fried Calamari, Duck Potstickers with Raspberry Hoisin, Crispy Thai Chicken Spring Rolls, Portabella Mushroom and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, Steamed Black Mussel & Clams, Crispy Fried Oysters, Crab Cake, Kobe Beef Carpaccio, and Coconut Fried Shrimp.

Offerings from the Seafood Bar include Malpeque Oysters, Deep Bay Oysters, Alpine Bay Oysters , and Spiced Jumbo Prawns.

Sushi and Sashimi includes Tuna Tartare, Salmon Lomi Lomi, Spiced Seared Ahi Tuna Tostada, California Roll.

Soups at McCormick & Schmicks inlcude New England Clam Chowder and Crab Bisque.  Salad options are the Chopped, The Wedge, House, Caesar, and Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad.

This season’s Wild Features include Angry Tuna Roll, Wild Alaska Halibut & Salmon Baked in a  Crispy Pastry, Wild Canada Whitefish, Wild swordfish Casino, and Wild Seafood Trio.

Seafood Specialties include Cashew Crusted Tilapia, Seared Sea Scallops, Parmesan Breaded Tilapia, Atlantic Salmon Stuffed with Crab, Chilean Sea Bass with Miso and Udon Noodles, Horseradish Herb Steelhead, Macademia Nut Breaded Halibut, and Blackened Catfish with Fire Roasted Corn Salsa.

Traditional Seafood Items include Rainbow Trout, Horseradish and Potato Crusted Red Snapper, Atlantic Salmon with Berry Sauce, Fried Shrimp Platter, and Wild Ahi Tuna.

Other Entrees include Petite Filet Mignon, Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin with Bleu Cheese Sauce, Lobster Steamer, Maple Brined Chicken, Shrimp Linguini, King Crab Legs, Kobe Burger with Mushrooms and Swiss, Tenderloin and Portabello Brochette, and New York Strip.  Filet & Shrimp Scampi combo also available.

Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Apple Pie, Creme Brulee, and Chocolate Trio.

Price guide: Appetizers $-12  Sushi $9-14  Oysters $3+   Seafood Specialties $17-32  Entrees $14-47

What we ordered: We started with an order of Fried Calamari.  Delicious! The batter was crunchy but the calamari was cooked perfectly;  the rings were tossed with banana peppers and sprinkled with fresh parmesan.  The order aame with fire-roasted tomato sauce for dipping.

We also ordered the Large Oyster Sampler, which came with eight oysters in total: Malpeque Oysters, Deep Bay Oysters, and Alpine Bay Oysters.  I can’t honestly tell you which two varieties I tried but they were both fresh and delicious.  I always top my oysters with lemon, cocktail and horseradish.  I’ve said it before but I LOVE horseradish.  Goes perfectly with oysters ;)

We also tried a couple orders of the Angry Tuna Roll.  These fabulous rolls contained spicy tuna, then topped with more tuna, thin slices of fresh jalapeno, spicy mayo and flamed tobikko.  I love spicy sushi and this really hit the spot.

We also ordered the California Roll, which I did not try.  Nothing wrong with a California Roll every now and then but I would take the Angry Tuna Roll over this plain jane any day.

Just before our meals were served we were brought Sourdough Bread which was fresh and crusty.

I had a hard time deciding what to order for my entree. I love halibut and the Macademia Nut Crusted Halibut sounded really good but I was afraid it wouldn’t have enough flavor for me.  The server assured me it was excellent so I did end up ordering it.  The dish looked good but I was immediately disappointed by the somewhat small size, in comparison to my companions’ dishes.  My piece of halibut was about 3″ x 1″, very lightly crusted and pan fried.  It sat on a bed of steamed broccoli and atop the mango butter sauce.  The fish was cooked just right so the texture was firm without being tough but the taste of the overall dish was very mild.  Nothing wrong with this dish, just too boring for my tastes.  For the money, it was about $3 per boring bite.  Ridiculous if you think of it like that.

One of my companions ordered the Horseradish Hashbrown Crusted Red Snapper.  I tried a bite of this and thought it was very good.  The flavor of the horseradish was apparent but not overpowering, it really just enhanced the taste of the fish.  The hashbrowns that were crusted around the fish were a nice compliment in texture, however my companion thought there was a little too much potato in proportion to the amount of fish.  I liked it much better than my halibut.

One of my companions ordered the Sea Bass, which turned out to be one of the best dishes I tried.  The sea bass filet was quite big in comparison to the halibut and it sat atop a bed of stir-fried veggies and udon noodles soaked in the delicious, flavorful Asian miso sauce.  Once I was offered a bite I had to show restraint so I wouldn’t eat half the dish.  A winner!

One of my companions started with the Chopped Salad and then had the Steak & Scampi Combo.

The Steak and Scampi combo is a great value, it come with the filet mignon, jumbo scampi-style shrimp, gruyere croquettes, and steamed broccoli.  I tried a small bite of this steak and it was delicious; tender and juicy.  A grilled Lobster Tail was added to the dish for an additional charge.  The bite of lobster I tried was also excellent; sweet and succulent.

The steak and Scampi combo also came with Creme Brulee.  This was creamy and cooked just right, with a nice crunchy layer of  caramelized sugar on top.

We also tried the Key Lime Pie, a cheesecake-style key lime with a thick graham cracker crust.  Oh, I love key lime and I love cheesecake.  Great combo.

Another dessert we tried was the Apple Pie.  The caramel drizzled on top gave this dessert a messy appearance but by all reports, it was very good.

Service: We had a reservation for dinner and were promptly seated.  Our server was very good but our visit was a long, drawn out experience.  We ordered many courses and ended up staying almost three hours for dinner.  The kitchen seemed to take their time preparing our food, most of it being worth the wait.  Toward the end of our night things started to seem very slow, it took 25 minutes to get our dessert after we ordered it, despite being the only ones left in our dining room at the time.  When our server brought them out to us she said she made them herself, so I guess someone in the kitchen dropped the ball.

Overall Impression: There were many items that I tried at McCormick & Schmick’s that I thoroughly enjoyed and the prices seem reasonable for the portion sizes.  Our server was great but the food did take a long time.  I will definitely try McCormick & Schmick’s again in the future.

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Mc Cormick & Schmick's Reviews in Minneapolis

Aug 302010
 

Cuisine: Steak
Restaurant Features: Bar, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis
Address: 26 6th Street South, Minneapolis, MN‎ -(612) 339-0909
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a-2:30p    Dinner  Sun-Sat  4:30-10pm
Links: Murray’s Website * Murray’s on FacebookGoogle Map

Marquee ~ Murray's Restaurant

Marquee ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Atmosphere: Opened in 1946, Murray’s is one of the oldest established Steakhouses in the Twin Cities area.  Located in the Heart of Downtown on 6th St at Hennepin Ave, Murray’s is a big, open space that resembles an old ballroom.  With the chandeliers, white table clothes and mirrored, curtained walls, I almost felt like I was at a wedding reception.

Inside Murray's Restaurant

Inside Murray’s Restaurant

Murray’s has a Cocktail Lounge that is just to the right of the main entrance.  The Cocktail Lounge has been a popular place to catch a drink while waiting for a fabulous steak meal for seven decades!

Bar Area ~ Murray's Restaurant

Bar Area ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Menu: Starters at Murray’s include Smoked Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Steak Tartar, Shrimp Cocktail, Calamari, Walleye and Wild Rice Spring Roll, Tuna Tartar,  Lobster Tail Skewers, Escargot, Halibut Cheeks, Truffled Mushroom Canape, Broiled Oysters and Appetizer Sampler (crab cakes, shrimp, and spring rolls).

Salads include Caesar Salad, Gorgonzola Pear Salad, Crab and Mango Salad, The Wedge, Roasted Beet Salad and Cole Slaw.

Entrees include a variety of delicious steaks including the famous Silver Butter Knife Sirloin Steak ( 28 or 42 oz of aged beef), 14oz New York Strip, 14oz Peppercorn Strip, 10 oz Filet, 8 oz Sirloin, 20 oz Ribeye, 28 oz Bone-in Porterhouse, Tenderloin Medallions, Cedar Plank Salmon, Lobster Tail, King Crab Legs, Pork Chops, Chicken Saltimbocca, Beef Tenderloin Sandwich, Rack of Lamb and a Burger.

Price guide: Appetizers $9-37   Salads $5-15    Entrees $16-53   Butterknife Steak $94/$135
Weekly Specials:

  • M-F 4:30-6pm Early Bird 3 Course Dinner $19.95
  • Sun-Thurs 3 Course Dinner $29.95
  • Friday Night Special Dinner for Two  20oz Beef Tenderloin $69.95

What we ordered: My companions and I started with this complimentary basket of bread.  There were dinner rolls as well as seasoned parmesan toast.  The toast was delicious, salty with just a subtle hint of parmesan cheese and butter.  Warning! It is hard to resist this heaping basket of carb goodness.

Bread Basket ~ Murray's Restaurant

Bread Basket ~ Murray’s Restaurant

We also had an order of Calamari that was served with a seasoned mayonnaise. The portion was decently sized for the price. We all agreed that it was good and cooked just right so that the texture of the calamari was cooked without being chewy, but the breading wasn’t quite crispy enough and easily fell apart.   Although I liked it, I probably wouldn’t order this again.

Calamari ~ Murray's Restaurant

Calamari ~ Murray’s Restaurant

There was no doubt I was going to order the Ribeye, my “usual” steak.  One bite had me declaring this the best steak of my life! The ribeye was huge; 20 oz without the bone.  I ordered it medium and it was cooked just the way I like it.  I could tell that the quality of this steak was excellent, it was extremely tender and seemed to be completely gristle free.  The fat was barely noticeable except for the delicious flavor it added.  The aged beef had a robust flavor and was really well seasoned while also being served atop a small amount of au jus.  Magnificent!! Worth every penny of the $42 price tag.  It was served with choice of potato or salad.  I had baked potato which was also very good.

Ribeye Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Ribeye Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

One of my companions ordered the Porterhouse, a giant 28 oz bone-in steak containing the short loin and tenderloin, unquestionably the best part of the beef.  This steak was also amazingly tender and juicy.  Choice of potato was fries, which were fresh cut and lightly fried.

Porterhouse Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Porterhouse Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

French Fries ~ Murray's Restaurant

French Fries ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Two of my companions shared the Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two, a giant 28 oz Strip Sirloin.  One bite and you might just think this sirloin is tenderloin, it was so tender.  I am not typically a fan of sirloin but I tried this steak and can attest that it is exceptionally tender and flavorful.  With the Steak for Two, each person gets choice of salad or soup and choice of potato.

Silver Butterknife Steak ~ Murray's Restaurant

Silver Butterknife Steak ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Dinner Salad ~ Murray's Restaurant

Dinner Salad ~ Murray’s Restaurant

Service: We were lucky to get a table on a busy Thursday evening, after arriving at a late hour and not having a reservation.  Our server was very professional and the rest of the wait staff was very efficient at clearing plates, refilling drinks, etc.
Overall Impression: I had high expectations for a Steakhouse that is commonly ranked in the Top 3 and I was not at all disappointed with our food or service.  I was a little surprised that the decor didn’t see to have been updated in many decades, but if you want a good steak, you can’t go wrong with a steak at Murray’s.  I highly recommend the Ribeye!

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Jul 052010
 

Cuisine: American, All-You-Can-Eat
Restaurant Features: Buffet, Stadium Seating
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 1 Twins Way  Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Target Field) 612-659-3964
Hours:

  • Upon gates open until 1 hour following conclusion of game.
  • Buffet available until 4th inning
  • An ala-carte menu service (“5th to 9th Menu”) is available after 4th inning.

Links: Metropolitan Club Google Map

Atmosphere: The Metropolitan Club is located inside Target Field, on the Club Level in Right Field between Gates 34 and 29. To access the Metropolitan Club use the escalator or elevators located near Section 103 just inside Gate 29.

The inside of the Metropolitan Club is quite spacious with two-story windows overlooking the field on one side and downtown Mpls on the other.  Very modern.

Here is a view of the field from the outdoor seating area at the Metropolitan Club.  When looking at the field, you are in right field just behind the foul line.

Menu: The selections change every day and depend on whether it is an afternoon or evening game.  There are four stations including the Salad Station, Hot Station, Grill/Rotisserie Station and the Butcher Block

The Grill/Rotisserie Station.  Brunch selections usually include bacon, sausage, potatoes of some kind, eggs, veggie medley

Butcher Station and Hot Station.  Butcher station usually has Prime Rib and the Hot Station usually has an International Dish.

Salad Action Station includes a variety of cheeses, cured meats and crustinis.

There is also a Dessert Station which I was very disappointed to learn is NOT INCLUDED in the $29/person price.  The desserts looked wonderful though.

Price guide:

  • Buffet style with themed cooking stations: $29/person + tax.
    (alcoholic beverages available separately)
  • Full-service bar
    *There is a $5/person table fee which will be applied each order for watching the game at a viewing table or drink rail location during the second seating.
  • Desserts are not included in the price of the buffet and are sold a la carte.

What I ate: I started with a small salad and fruit plate.  The salad was pre-made with smoked salmon and endive.  Garnishments like croutons and sunflower seeds are served on the side.  I also had a couple of fruits with yogurt sauce.

Next I tried a small selection of cheeses, toasted pita chips and the Prime Rib.  The cheeses were good, I had a seasoned feta and a Monterey Jack with dill.  I also liked the prime rib but I prefer it when it is sliced against the grain rather than with it, seems less tender.  The horseradish was slightly creamy but still strong.

The breakfast line had the most variety and also my favorite item I ate, which was a croissant with grilled ham and a fried egg.  Delicious! Other items I tried were the Potatoes O’Brien, Roasted Veggies and Panko-Crusted Turkey Tenderloin, all very good.

I also tried the Cioppino, which is a blend of many different types of seafood including mussels, shrimp, clams and some type of white fish simmered in a broth of tomato, wine, basil, thyme, and oregano.  It was pretty good but not the best I have tried.

Service: There are two seating times,  1st seating: from gates-open to 15 minutes prior to game-time; 2nd seating: from game-time to end-of-game.  Space and seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come/ first-served basis. Reservations strongly encouraged.  To make a reservation request, call the Metropolitan Club reservation line 10 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday & on weekend game-days at 612-659-3964.  Have your season ticket account # available when making a reservation and indicate which seating you prefer (1st seating or 2nd seating).    Dining tables can be reserved anytime within 2 weeks of each game.

Our service was very good.  We had made advanced reservations and were able to sit outside during the game, eating the food at a leisurely pace until the end of the 4th inning.  Drinks are not included but are served quickly.

Overall Impression: I enjoyed my lunch at the Metropolitan Club and thought the experience was a cool one, but I will probably only go back for a special occasion.  I thought the price was a little high for the selection, especially considering that dessert is not included, however Metropolitan Club is a great place to watch the game (seats in the shade!)
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