I was recently in Minneapolis for a couple of days on business. On the way to my hotel, I noticed I was in walking distance to Hell’s Kitchen (80 South 9th St., Minneapolis, Minn. 55402). I had seen some good reviews on the Internet about this place, which is in no way connected to the telvision show of the same name. I asked the hotel clerk if she would recommend Hell’s Kitchen, and she said absolutely. It was almost 2:30 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten lunch, so I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did.
To get to the restaurant, you walk down a stairwell that’s painted bright red and black. It’s a quirky place, with pictures of demons on the wall and a big, round bar at the front, right where you first come in. The place is big but cozy. Some of the walls are brick (or fake brick – not sure). Overall the atmosophere is very casual and laid back. The service was good, from the host to my server – nice and friendly.
My late afternoon meeting had a good chance of being rescheduled to the next day (which it was) and, since I had the pleasure of sitting directly in front of a 3-year old with long legs and strong lungs for the duration of my flight, I decided to order a mimosa ($8.50) to start things off. It was delicious – not sure of what champagne was used, but the orange juice was freshly squeezed and the bartender gave me a good pour. It was garnished with a huge, sweet strawberry, and hit the spot.
I decided to try the Roasted Vegetable sandwich ($12.75), which came with a choice fries, sweet potato fries ($1.00 more), fruit or coleslaw. It was excellent, and would have certainly made my “Mushroom Madness” post a couple of months back as one of my favorites.
This sandwich was served on ciabatta bread and had slices of portabella mushrooms that had been marinated in balsamic vinegar. It has strips of carrots, red and yellow peppers, and creamy goat cheese as a spread. It had a great marriage of flavors, with the with the crustiness of the bread, the earthiness of the bellas, the crunch of the carrots and peppers, and the distinctive flavors of balsamic and goat cheese. I am going to try and replicate this one soon!
Hell’s Kitchen is open for breakfast (served in some form all day), lunch, dinner and late night meals as well as for weekend brunch. According to my hotel clerk and server, it has a great live music scene, especially later in the week, and its breakfast choices are great and topnotch. I will definitely come back on any future trip to Minneapolis.
- Price: medium Sandwiches were in the $10-$15 range.
- Service: 4.00 Nice, friendly service.
- Food: 4.50 Awesome overall.
- Recommend: Absolutely. I would certainly go back!
- Kid friendly: I would take my kids for breakfast or lunch in a heartbeat!
1= hater, 2=poor, 3=adequate, 4=above average, 5=superb
Eat, drink and be merry!