YOU WALK IN AND CROSS AND OPEN FIELD OF TABLES TOWARD THE BAR. A LEFT TURN THROUGH AN OPENING IN A HIP WALL LEADS YOU TO THE NON-SMOKING SECTION. HOWEVER, THERE’S PLENTY OF SECOND HAND SMOKE TO GO AROUND. CROWD IS MOSTLY LOCALS IN THE SECOND THIRD OF LIFE. DID WE MENTION THAT THEY DON’T TAKE PLASTIC? DID WE MENTION THE LOUD MUSIC WITH LESS THAN 12 PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE PLACE? (more…)
ALTHOUGH WE MIGHT ARGUE ABOUT THIS I BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST KAHN’S OPENED IN THE DINKYTOWN AREA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BACK IN THE MID-SEVENTIES. I KNOW OF THREE LOCATIONS- RICHFIELD, ROSEVILLE, PARK RAPIDS. THIS PLACE IS NEAR THE TOP OF OUR LIST AND NOT JUST BECAUSE IT IS ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Last year we tried to get into the Nook on randolph avenue in st. paul only to be amazed at the long line outside the door. it was featured on an episode of diners, drive-ins, and dives and the already popular site became even busier. the narrow restaurant most likely seats about 48 with another 18 standing in the aisle waiting for seats. if you decide to go, poke your head inside the door and let the bartender add your name to the whiteboard wait list on the wall. (more…)
SOME COMMENTS ON THE PLACE
Often referred to as “Gasthof’s” this NE establishment is much lauded by many for it’s selection of fine German beverages and large platters of meat product. Having frequented Mario’s Keller Bar (in the basement) for weekend excursions in the past I was not unfamiliar with the look. The dining area emits a middle European feel with it’s wood work and large tables. We were seated in a massive booth with a round table that appeared sufficient to hold a kingly feast.
USUALLY BUSY AND OFTEN WITH A SHORT LINE THE PLACE IS BETTER LIT THAN MOST. THE BAR AND BAR SEATING IS THROUGHOUT THE RESTAURANT. CROWD IS A MIX OF AGES WITH MANY THAT LOOK TO HAVE WALKED IN FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. COMMON TO HAVE ENTIRE SPORTS TEAMS ARRIVE AND PACK THE PLACE. OUTDOOR AREA HELPS WITH THE CROWDING IN THE SUMMER. AN ACTIVE EAGLE’S NEST CAN BE SEEN FROM THE PATIO. (more…)
This is another of our favorite places. A neighborhood place that defies stereotypes. People fro at least four generations fill the place nightly. A wonderfully alive place this corner of Minneapolis often has music and always has character. Of the many corner bars in our reviews this one is the closest to a landmark. Doug remembers the original owner and has nothing but salivary memories of business lunches in the polish part of mighty Minneapolis.