This Is What I Miss From My Non-Vegan Days
Posted on 09 / 28 / 2013
You can walk in off the street and have your choice from a real menu. There's so much vegan stuff to choose from that I almost slept under the bar to be there when they opened for breakfast.
I tried a half order of vegan nachos (as big as many, whole orders, and outside of my own kitchen, the best I've had), vegan po boy (beyond massive...like...two or more meals in one), and vegan mac n cheese (to go).
The "nacho cheese" is pretty good - kinda sweet, which is a little weird - and Megan gave me a bathtub-ful of it, but more importantly, the supporting cast of vegetables was much fresher than I'd expected.
You see...this is a bar. Not a local health food store.
As some reviewers pointed out, this place has a punk rock feel. But ultimately it's a pub. And in my mid-30s I'm all for trying local bars when I travel. I wasn't disappointed.
I can see how some folks would not love the feel of the place or the folks working there, but I applied a simple strategy that typically works for me: don't be a giant douchebag. And guess what? I was rewarded with great service and a cool bartender. Just don't get your hopes up thinking you've walked into the Plaza Hotel. You haven't.
The food is cheap. I live in DC, so any time menu items are less than $10, it's kind of exciting. And there's plenty of excitement to go around. Cheap and plentiful.
This ain't health food. I wouldn't bring my mother. But it's pretty friggin awesome, vegan bar food. Definitely worth the cab fare to and from.
Would absolutely come back here on another visit to Minneapolis.
Updated from previous review on Saturday September 28, 2013
Inexpensive, Man-sized Portions, Decent Beer
Kind of Salty