Tin Cup quiets vociferous stomachs with a multifaceted menu of regional pub favorites and classic ale absorbers. Embark on a masticatory celebration with an appetizer such as Tin Cup wings ($6.95), or jump straight to a burger-esque Juicy Lucy—the Minnesota specialty whose core of dripping cheese and other ingredients is enveloped in flame-licked beef and partnered with toppings such as caramelized onions, a fried egg, and hot sauce ($8.99). Other hunger-halting hand-helds include margherita flatbread pizza ($4.95) and the stately Governor sandwich, which takes a break from signing meaty bills into law to quell appetites with a combination of USDA choice steak, american cheese, onions, a fried egg, and Texas Pete's hot sauce ($8.99). A breakfast menu dispels early-morning mouth boredom on weekends.
There's been a bar on the grounds of Turf Club since the end of Prohibition, and there's no sign that'll change any time soon. This venerable watering hole and entertainment venue was the place for country two-stepping for a spell in the 1940s and '50s, and today it remains one of the Twin Cities' most popular live music spots. Shows take the stage almost every night of the week and cover a wide range of musical tastes, from DJ sets to indie rock. Turf Club complements its drinks and music with a food menu that includes tacos, sandwiches, and vegan dishes. An abbreviated version of the menu is available during shows and late at night, but brunch is king on the weekends.
Described as an “unlikely savior” of a “decades-old bar,” by the Star Tribune, retired research analyst Bob Rick took over when the former Bullwinkle’s shuttered its doors in early 2011. After myriad updates to the kitchen and bar, Bullwinkle’s reopened as Bullwinkle Saloon, a neighborhood pub that serves Coney Dogs alongside wings and full glasses of beer. A lineup of daily specials ranges from 33-cent wings to 400-cent buckets of Lucky IPAs.