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.
While creating their refined dining experience, the chefs at Kincaid's prove that the U.S. is wide and its dishes are deeply complex. Starting in the plain states, the menu tempts forks with grilled sirloin steaks smoked over Applewood and served alongside beefsteak tomatoes. The kitchen then heads east for New England?style clam chowder, then turns south until it hits on a Cajun-style ?touff?e with prawns, mussels, clams, scallops, andouille sausage, and cheese grits. And the chefs aren't afraid to tweak recipes, either?in order to elevate their down-home-style meatloaf they wrap it in bacon and serve it with a tangy brandy-mustard sauce. International and fusion flavors also crop up on the menu, with dishes such as the smoked beef carpaccio and an Asian-inspired slaw.
Along with the end of Prohibition, 1933 brought sweeping changes across the country. It definitely changed the building at 1928 University Avenue NE in Minneapolis, which had been functioning as a hardware and furniture store for nearly a quarter-century. Proprietor Stanley Kozlak immediately went out and obtained a liquor license, transforming his retail shop into a bar and restaurant.
It would prove to be a smart decision?more than 80 years and two generations of Kozlaks later, Jax Cafe stands as a Minneapolis institution whose reputation has spread throughout the Midwest. This is thanks in part to singular touches such as reserved tables set with personalized matchbooks for expected guests and a stream on the lush covered patio from which diners can net their own rainbow trout for dinner. It?s no wonder Travel Channel foodie Andrew Zimmern has gushed that this restaurant is ?dripping with character.?
Part of that character comes from a certain adherence to traditions. Jax is furnished with patterned carpet, white linens, a grand piano, and a phone booth?yes, a phone booth?and the menu has the classic supper-club meals to match. Fresh Maine lobsters are kept in a saltwater tank said to be the first of its kind in the state, and the selection of award-winning Angus beef includes an 8-ounce filet the restaurant calls ?the steak that made Jax famous.? That?s not to say Jax is stuffy or old-fashioned?the menu also includes beer-can chicken, kids' meals, and craft beers served fresh from the tap, bottle, or keg-sized water balloon.
Fresh fare can be found at Seafood Market, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Dieters beware — Seafood Market does not offer low-fat cuisine. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Seafood Market, which accommodates plenty of large groups. Not to be overlooked is Seafood Market's no-charge wifi.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Seafood Market as well.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15. You can stop by at practically any time, since Seafood Market serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Cuisine Type: Seafood/American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Lobster roll, bone-in ribeye, jambalaya
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: [We have] live music most weekends, check our website for details.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Pecan-crusted walleye topped with a Cajun cream sauce and candied pecans and served with a baked sweet potato and cinnamon butter, [as well as] saut?ed fresh green beans. We pan fry the walleye and finish it in the oven.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
A little of a southern twist with jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and great dishes from the South, East, and West coast. [We also have] Kansas City barbecue ribs (where I grew up). We bring flavors from all over America. Our chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Boat docking is available.
Nestled on the banks of the St. Croix River?which defines the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota?the Afton House Inn offers a quiet retreat just 30 minutes from Minneapolis. Most guest rooms in the historic inn are outfitted with gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and balconies, some with river views. Enjoy a dinner of steak and seafood at the award-winning fine-dining restaurant. During the day, head to the Afton Alps Ski Area to sled and ski in winter or trek on riverside paths when it's warmer.