Although barbecue sauce can be used to power tractors or grease slip ‘n' slides, it’s best for making beans sing and chickens dance. Start a party on the tongue's floor with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of barbecue fare at Rudolphs. This Groupon is not valid for catering, happy hour, or other specials.
Boasting a rich, spice-infused history, Rudolphs has been tickling noses and tantalizing taste buds since 1975. Much like the sun in most medieval Italian conceptions of the cosmos, the joint’s flavor-filled menu revolves around its ribs, all of which are named after Hollywood stars and silver-screen milestones. Uncover the taste that dreams are made of with a full slab of St. Louis–style “Bogie” spare ribs ($24.95), or order the barbecue-for-two “Bruce Wayne” and share its half slab of baby-back ribs and one-quarter of barbecue chicken with your annoying, bare-legged sidekick ($22.50). Each slab of succulent bone-meat is hand-rubbed with spices, aged for at least 48 hours, cooked in a custom pit, and put to sleep with a bedtime story. If your torso is already full of ribs, sample a slew of Southern fare instead, such as the “Private Benjamin” buttermilk fried chicken with smashed potatoes, asparagus, and chicken jus ($14.50) or a bowl of Woody’s Louisiana gumbo ($5.95). As the credits roll on your film-buffed feast, give it a happy ending with a Moonstruck (crème brûlée; $5.95) or the Elmer Fudge’s six layers of chocolate cake ($7.95).
Named after silent-screen movie star Rudolph Valentino, Rudolphs pairs a charming old-school vibe with delectable eats, so that diners can nosh in absolute silence—just as it was done in the 1920s before the advent of sound. Sink into a comfy leather booth, play deadly games of human chess on the dazzling checkerboard-pattern floor, and test the ability of Rudolphs’ tangy sauces to render car keys edible with today’s Groupon.
Rudolphs was featured several times in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's "The Insiders' Guide to Twin Cities BBQ." Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars, and Citysearchers award it an average of four stars. Eighty-six percent of UrbanSpooners like Rudolphs.
- I have been going to Rudolph's for a while now, and always am happy with my experience there. The chicken and ribs are my favorite, but the sides do a wonderful job at completing the meal. A well-stocked bar also makes Rudolph's a quality place to get some drinks. – BigChuckMN, Citysearch
- I loved the atmosphere, I loved the ribs, and I loved the wings. Great wings, good and spicy. The ribs were moist and flavorful. I was impressed. – Megan L., Yelp