Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by burgers, beer, and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $15 you get $30 worth of upscale bar fare and drinks for lunch, brunch, or dinner at Joe's Garage, conveniently located in Loring Park.
The chefs at Joe's Garage reinvent classic American bar fare with newfangled versions of entrees, pasta, risotto, and 11 different types of burgers. Diners can preface epic dinners with a spicy starter such as the Jamaican wings with homemade jerk sauce ($7.50), which make eyes water faster than an onion-scented Hallmark card. Or surprise palates with the spicy asian pork burger with asian slaw and peanut soy dressing ($9). Guests customize a side of spuds with the build-your-own mashed potato bar, where a scoop of taters ($2.50) can swim in sauces such as chipotle cream ($3). Toast to recent promotions or baby's first Pulitzer by raising up craft and domestic brews, including a Surly Furious draft ($6) or wines from the steel-clad full bar.
During midday, Joe's presents robust lunch and Sunday brunch menus. Sweeten meals with a specialty martini or a dessert such as the homemade chocolate pudding which, like a pastry chef after culinary school graduation, gets crowned with whipped cream ($6).
It’s fitting that Joe Kaplan calls his restaurant a garage, because he uses the space to disassemble classic American recipes and trick them out with more exotic ingredients. Diners flock to Joe’s expansive outdoor patio to sample his latest creative takes on burgers, mashed potatoes, and wings. The martini burger is a fine example of his work, sporting green olives and a Ketel One-infused blue cheese and served shaken upon request. To let his guests in on the fun, Joe gives them the option to customize their mashed potatoes with grilled salmon, shrimp skewers, lamb meatballs, and toppings of red curry or chipotle cream sauce.