Restaurants offer diners both a delicious reprieve from the kitchen and a secure environment that makes it virtually impossible for the dish to run away with the spoon. Keep your eating implements obedient with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of grub and guzzle at Joe's Garage.
Start with the spicy cream-cheese eggrolls ($8) or panko fried fish tacos ($6 for appetizer, $7 for the lunch entree), a south-of-the-border spin of sweet and savory with fresh pineapple, salsa, and crunchy slaw in corn tortillas. Noteworthy entrees include the spicy Asian pork burger, a pig-meat patty doused with peanut soy dressing and Asian slaw ($9) or the ratatouille risotto ($15), a garden fresh mash-up of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato, and fresh herbs (add grilled chicken for an additional $3). Joe's mashed-potato bar ($2.50 for one scoop) lets you top taters with a wide variety of meats, veggies, sauces, and other, smaller potatoes.
A second-story patio offers ample views of downtown and a laid-back feel and is one of the Top 25 Patios for Outdoor Dining according to City Pages. Easy online reservations make it simple to snag one of the coveted tables. Joe's makes a smart, fuss-free weekday lunch or hearty brunch choice on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although reviewers are mixed on service, customers praise the food and fun atmosphere. OpenTable reviewers give Joe's Garage a 3.8-star average, and Yelpers and Citysearchers give it an average of three stars.
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.
1610 Harmon Pl.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403Get Directions