2013 Participating Restaurants
This lively Bohemian bistro may be best known for its simple French fare, including, of course, its salade Niçoise. But it's also great for after-work cocktails or late-night eats. The hip atmosphere fits right in with its Uptown location. Brightly colored decorations and framed photos of old circus acts reflect the reason behind the restaurant's name (Barbette was a famous circus aerialist in the early 1900s). A young, stylish crowd gathers for happy hour weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and again Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to close. An extensive wine list is available (and easily paired with Barbette's fabulous fare), plus a full bar. Come early on Wednesdays to grab a seat for the free late-night music series.
Bryant-Lake Bowl isn't just a bowling alley (and serious gamers who come to roll strikes and spares may find themselves disappointed). But if a forty-three-bottle globetrotting wine list that includes Minnesota wines, a contemporary American menu served past midnight, or the adjacent theater-cum-performance space appeals to you, this might be a fit. And if you just want to fling ten-pound balls down the rough and tumble lanes with a knowing irony, or at least hyper self-awareness, that's okay, too. Where else can you enjoy a Belgian Trappist ale and ill-fitting rental shoes?
Located just North of the St. Anthony Main/Riverfront district, The Bulldog N.E. offers indoor and outdoor seating, a private room for large events and private parties, and not just your typical bar food. The scratch menu is built on gourmet burgers, house ground daily from Wagyu chuck, with toppings like Sriracha glaze, peanut butter, and house made panko onion rings, but you can also grab one of our seasonal specials. What more could you want? Oh, drinks! Try one of our 32 tap beers, or one of our house infused seasonal cocktails. With gluten free options and a vegetarian menu, The Bulldog Northeast is sure to have something for everyone.
Figlio is back! Reborn in the West End, the new space has nods to the former Uptown icon and the menu plays along. Don't worry, chef JP Samuelson kept the peas in the tortellini.
Chef Antonio Tettamanzi opened La Grolla in St. Paul in the April 2003 with the vision of an inviting, upscale restaurant where patrons felt embraced by the Italian cuisine, surroundings, and staff. His success with La Grolla stems from a lifelong passion for cuisine and knack for creating a relaxed, hip ambiance.
This wildly popular northeast metro tradition is known for extravagant brunches and an oasis of personal attention in a sea of chain dining. Chef/Owner John Schiltz has a long history of serving great food, wine and service. Establishing the Lake Elmo Inn in 1983, he wanted to create a memorable dining experience at a great value. Known for their 1881 Hereford Beef, fresh Seafood selections including Sunfish Filets, Award Winning Pastry Chef, Joni Marty, one of the Best 100 Sunday Brunches in the country by Open Table, and Service second to none. “It’s World Class Dining Close to Home.”
Imagine catering a wedding solo at the age of 13. That was Chef Anderson’s first foray into the restaurant industry. Anderson’s father was the chef/owner of three restaurants in Wisconsin, and since he was old enough to see over the sink, he was always helping his dad at work in the kitchen. At one point his father became ill, and Chef Anderson was able to step in and cater the wedding himself as a young teen. It was this pivotal moment that he decided to begin his journey of becoming a chef.
Kim Bartmann turned a crusty old dive bar into a shiny new dive bar with Pat's Tap. It's a gastropub with skee-ball in the back, beers and bourbon at the bar, and burgers and charcuterie from the kitchen.
If you're looking for a place to take your in-laws from Wisconsin and your card-carrying Green Peace sister, Red Stag should have you covered. As a "Supper Club," it harkens back to a time when we didn't worry about carbon footprints or where our food was coming from, but as the first Gold LEED-certified restaurant and bar in Minnesota, it respects our earth and the times that we live in. But what really matters, as a bar patron, is that the space looks great--carved wood bar, red and black carpet, low beams, an interesting montage of art (most of it salvaged and reused)--and the drinks are everything you would expect at a supper club.
Located in the popular Eden Prarie Center, Wildfire offers a mouthwatering selection of steaks, chops, and seafood in a modern-day 1940s supper club. From the decor to the jazz music, Wildfire has the style and warmth that makes it perfect for an evening with friends or just the two of you. Our signature dishes include Filet Medallion Trio, Wildfire Chopped Salad, Horseradish Crusted Filet Mignon, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Cedar Planked Salmon.
Tucked inside the distinctive Embassy Suites Hotel, Woolley’s Steakhouse is distinguished from other hotel restaurants by being independently owned and run. It is the goal of every staff member to exceed your expectations when you are here – our service is legendary. We invite you to indulge in Woolley’s unique ambiance, where guests are surrounded by vibrant foliage, running water and live piano music. Our stylish gazebo and cozy booths offer a relaxing, unpretentious atmosphere that is perfect for all occasions: business, romantic, celebratory or casual. At Woolley’s, we serve only Certified Angus Beef, and have received statewide distinction for our entrees. With the inspired guidance of Chef Peter Christenson, Woolley’s represents Classic American Cuisine at its best.
More to come!