Amid scenic views of the Mississippi River, the two-tiered patio and all-glass-enclosed dining room treat diners to breathtaking vistas of North America's largest river system and its mermaid inhabitants basking on the shore. Not just about the scenery, at Mississippi Pub, the cooks maintain a strong passion for the food they dish out. Plating traditional pub grub and fresh seafood entrees like fish tacos and shrimp po' boys, they take a fresh approach with their menu. A full bar, boasting bottled and draft beers, shots, and cocktails, complements hearty American fare, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and weekend breakfast options.
A southwestern attitude fills Woody's Roadhouse, where hand-cut steaks, rotisserie chicken, and barbecued ribs fill bellies. To match this meaty madness, servers tap 26 draft brews alongside more than 50 bottled beers, providing the same liquid succor Niagara Falls provides when on vacation in the Sahara every year. The kitchen knows its meat. The staff hand-forms burgers ground in-house from Hereford Beef, pulls pork marinated for a full day before slow-smoking it, and grills steaks over open flames or blackens them with Woody's Roadhouse's signature seasoning. Appetizers such as wings, potato skins, and fried pickles make ideal fuel for catching games on the plasma TVs or challenging tablemates to pool. In addition to preparing cuisine, Woody's Roadhouse isn't afraid to get a little boisterous: most Thursday nights, a mechanical bull and a DJ challenge guests to stump the bull with their favorite riddle, while live music and a DJ get crowds tapping toes on Friday and Saturday starting at 10 p.m, with no cover. See the live music calendar.
Most of the items on Lakes Tavern & Grill?s menu sum up the eatery?s concept with just their description. Take for instance, the Lakes Lobster Grilled Cheese on naan bread, or the or the Cranberry Chipotle Turkey Burger. And though it?s a mouthful to say, their self-penned description??American contemporary casual upscale dining??sums up the eatery in every respect, even beyond the food.
A cobalt blue dining room sets the scene for the casual munching to commence. Spotlights embedded in the ceiling cast a comfortable light across cherry-wood tables and booths fit for parties of four. In the bar area, patrons can enjoy the luminous glow of eight big-screen TVs, each broadcasting seasonal college and professional games. On occasion, a live band will grace the stage and belt out songs. If the rabblerousing is too much for larger parties, groups of 10?12 can slip into the Lakes Lounge, where they'll find two leather couches and a 65-inch television perfect for watching footage from some other family?s vacation.
In 1918, Brian Tam’s great-great uncle opened Nankin Café in downtown Minneapolis. His family would continue to shape Minnesota’s relationship with Asian cuisine, even introducing the state to dim sum in 1968. A fourth-generation restaurateur, Brian has picked up where his relatives left off.
It’s good that he listened to his parents, because their lessons are apparent in nearly every dish at Asia Bistro. Brian and his team don’t limit themselves to a single country or tradition, opting instead to gather their inspirations from across the Asian continent. This results in a diverse menu that includes Thai red curries, Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken, and short ribs marinated in rice wine and Korean spices. Behind the sushi bar, chefs assemble edible artworks such as a Woodbury roll stuffed with tempura shrimp, mango, and salmon and a Philadelphia roll wrapped in the same thin parchment that the Constitution was first penned on.
Since 1986, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with burgers and classic American dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Amid the sunlit dining room, diners at wooden tabletops have views of 25 TVs broadcasting sports games, competing with a cluster of arcade games for eyes' attention. Chefs cater to taste buds by plumping up pastas with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables and piling rolls with beef patties, barbecued pulled pork, and spicy buffalo chicken. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with an expansive selection of draft beers and wine. The bar and grill draws guests with regular specials and events throughout the week, including daily happy hours, Thursday-night trivia, and Sunday brunch. Every Tuesday, the restaurant serves up free meals to children, as a magician saunters table to table, entertaining kids with tricks and balloon art, crafting replacement siblings on request.
A silvery wand dips into a carafe of fresh milk, which will be used to form the foam that tops a steamy cappuccino. The smell of freshly brewed Arabica beans wafts through the air, countered by the buttery aroma of a crepe cooking on a circular griddle. Serving up sandwiches at lunch as well as sweet and savory crepes for breakfast, the staffers at Brix Coffee offer visitors a taste of Europe without the unpleasant aftertaste caused by chewing on a map. After meals, the café's daily-made custard can be blended into shakes and smoothies or scooped into sundaes or waffle cones.