Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of food and drink at Harry's Food and Cocktails. The restaurant's downtown location makes it an excellent pre- and post-game option for watching the Twins shower the city in synchronized home runs, make daring double plays, and speak to each other in their creepy twin language.
Harry's Food and Cocktails recently coronated Ryan Stechschulte as its new chef after he proved the only applicant capable of pulling the chef's knife from its enchanted cutlery block (in accordance with the prophecy). Ryan's updated menu features an eclectic selection of steaks, chops, seafood, burgers, and more. Start with an order of poutine (house-cut french fries topped with cheese curds, pickles, and onion gravy, $9.95) or opt for a more continental beginning with an order of mussels sautéed in white wine ($10.95) or grilled asparagus ($8.95) drizzled with truffle oil, crowned with parmesan, and served with a soft-boiled egg. Lunchtimers can savor the gooey barbecue pork, pepper-jack cheese, and jalapeño-relish-covered cowboy burger ($14.95) made from Angus chuck or impress the Bavarian polka virtuoso of their dreams by ordering a liverwurst sandwich ($9.95). The beef stroganoff with roasted mushrooms and crème fraîche ($15.95) and the seared duck breast ($22.95) with potato dumplings and wilted greens will quell carnivorous cravings, and aquaphiles will find much to love in the red snapper with grits and sweet-pepper sausage ($17.95). Finally, impress your date with a dignified dessert by alternately slamming your face into a toasted fluffer-nutter sandwich, with house-made marshmallow and redskin peanut butter topped with malted vanilla ice cream ($6.95), and a caramelized banana split, with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, and Chantilly cream ($7.95).
Sipping on one of Harry's classic cocktails such as the rum-based Havana Sidecar (Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lemon, and a sugar rim) will give you an air of the debonair as you sit at the expansive bar and watch the open kitchen through its retro white-tiled Proscenium arch. You'll get to watch the chefs prepare each meal and re-enact episodes of your favorite sitcoms. Or retreat to the eatery's tree-lined outdoor patio with a Drifter Pale Ale on tap, or a seasonal libation such as Harry's cranberry cocktail (vodka, cranberry, and cinnamon sauce) in hand when former boyfriends or driving instructors unexpectedly enter the restaurant. Reservations are recommended, so have your butler formally announce you like he does every time you enter a public restroom.
The Downtown Journal mentions new chef Ryan Stechschulte:
- Stechschulte’s first goal as executive chef, then, is to re-establish a culinary identity for the Washington Avenue restaurant...And while it may not be traditionally German, the new Fluffernutter sandwich has been an early crowd pleaser. The dessert is a bite-sized sandwich, with housemade red skin peanut butter and housemade marshmallows squeezed between a few slices of buttered Texas toast. It comes with a scoop of Sebastian Joe’s malted vanilla ice cream, which is dusted in milled peanut brittle. – Gregory J. Scott
- Harry's Food and Cocktails offers an unusual blend of better-than-average food, pleasantly spacious booths, casual yet "classy" atmosphere (only slightly retro), and friendly professional servers. – OpenTable user who dined on 2/16/10
- Harry’s is clicking on all cylinders. I’ve been there many times and have tried almost everything on the menu and have not been disappointed. – joe48, Citysearch