Photo by Katherine Harris
Let me tell you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong about bringing kids to Spill the Wine. On a Monday, at 6 p.m., the Uptown wine bar had plenty of parents with younger kids hanging out. Is it because all the wines sold by the glass are half price on Monday, and mom and dad need a break? That’s a plus, but Spill the Wine is really a great addition to Lake Street. The design is gorgeous: lots of wood, very open and warm. Even though chef Brian Hauke has left the restaurant to be a part of the Surly operation, the food is still really quite good.
We were there with a large group of friends, so we had cheese and meat boards on the table and the truffle cheese curds—all of those snacky things were great. We also tried the browned cauliflower, with cracked olives and salsa verde—cauliflower is the new kale, it’s everywhere, and Spill the Wine does it well. ($9)
The farmer’s chopped salad was large enough to share and substantial enough to be an entire meal for one. It had bacon, chicken confit, apple, pickles cranberries, and a really nice smoked maple vinaigrette for just $12. Do you like kimchi but you don’t love kimchi? The pork belly & kimchi fried rice had just enough stank to it: it’s a great kimchi dish for people who like a hint of fermentation without going full-on hard core ($12). Our one son had the lobster mac & cheese ($15) which had a nice tarragon kick to it, our other son ordered more plain noodles off of the kids menu (they have one, just ask).
The true test of a wine bar is their wine list, obviously. It’s nice and accessible for people who want to find a familiar name (Cline Mourvedre, Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier), but also had some really interesting bottles. We had the Andezon Cotes du Rhone (half price for just $20!) and also tried the Two Mountain Riesling ($32, and $16 on Monday!). That Riesling was awesome: nice citrus, nice acid, really great.
Now I’m not a savage. I’m not going to bring my kids to a wine bar at 9 p.m. on a Friday night, but 5 p.m.? 6 p.m.? A Monday night out? I’ll be spilling the wine again soon!
Spill The Wine, 901 W. Lake St., 612-339-3388, spillthewinempls.com