Black Forest Inn Minneapolis

The Black Forest Inn sits at 26th and Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. aka Eat Street. Click HERE for complete the list of Eat Street restaurants.

The Black Forest Inn, if you haven’t guessed from the name, is a German restaurant. If you guessed hotel I wouldn’t hold it against you. Anyway, yes it’s a restaurant and they serve German food. I’m not really sure if they serve authentic German food, since I’ve never been to real live Germany, but it seems pretty legit.

Black Forest Inn patio
Black Forest Inn patio

Seven taprooms on the Green Line that you have to try

Last Saturday we did the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the just plain crazy. We took the bus.

But wait there’s more.

We took the bus from our place in the burbs to downtown Minneapolis and from there we hit each of the 7 brewery taprooms along the Green Line light rail.

And we lived to talk about it.

The bus part is neither here nor there and you shouldn’t worry about that. You just need to wrap your head around starting at Fulton Brewing on a beautiful spring day with the Twins playing at home. Fulton was pretty busy, but that didn’t stop us.


Rainbow Restaurant Eat Street Minneapolis

We went to Rainbow Restaurant the other night because Shellie wanted something plainish. Something soothing and familiar. Calming in a Chinese food way. Like chow mein from your local Chinese place. Or egg foo young. Something innocuous.

And on that criteria Rainbow did not deliver.

The space is really nice. I went in thinking Rainbow would be kind of dumpy. It is not. The room is spacious and sorta fancy (for Eat Street). The seats were also really rather plush. This is not what we expected.

We had a hard time deciding what to get. There was no egg foo young or chicken chow mein to be seen on this menu. Most of the dishes weren’t unheard of, but there just wasn’t the local Chinese joint favorites here.

We wound up ordering the bacon and egg fried rice and chicken lo mein. Shellie said we ordered the two lamest items on the menu. She also said she was looking forward to going back when she felt like spending more money.

When our food arrived I got a whiff of the lo mein and I knew right away something was up. Fish? Is this fishy? Yes, yes it was. The noodles were drenched in some sort of fish sauce. Oyster maybe? I don’t know. But for me they were inedible.

I’m not a fish guy. But I really didn’t expect that to be an issue when I ordered chicken lo mein. But it was.

The “bacon” and egg fried rice was not too shabby. There were a couple of sticking points though. It was rather flavorless. Even though it was a different take on fried rice, they still could’ve thrown in some onion. Also, the bacon wasn’t actual bacon. It was thin cut, fried pork. Not bad, but not bacon.

All in all Shellie thought it was a decent meal. For me. I’ll never go back. She says I’m being extreme, judging a place on one dish. But the dish was so far off of the norm, and in a bad way. I’m sure there are dishes at Rainbow I would enjoy, but I don’t have the time or money to spend trying every dish at every restaurant in town. When one is so far off I just need to move on.

I hate giving bad reviews to places, but I just can’t do anything else. Since I plan to go to every restaurant on Eat Street, I can’t skip this one. Sorry.

Ruby Tuesday review

Okay, I want to start this post off by saying this was never meant to be a review. Actually, I never meant to go to Ruby Tuesdays. We went because Shellie had a gift card that was given to her and we figured what the hell. I mean, free food, right? I know it’s a chain, but it isn’t like it’s fast food or something.

And so we went. We went to Ruby Tuesday in Plymouth, MN. I’ve been to this chain before, and I’ve never been impressed. Honestly, I don’t know what the draw is. Is it a slightly fancier Applebees? No, seriously. Can someone explain it? Anyway, we went there on account of the gift card.

I want to get something out of the way before this starts. This isn’t going to be one of those reviews you read where you know the guy was pissed about something going in and there was nothing the place could do to change that. We’ve all read that review where someone rambles on about every little thing that goes even slightly wrong. So this isn’t that. I don’t really care one way or the other about Ruby Tuesday. And that’s as far as my feelings go for them.

Surly Brewing Destination Brewery Minneapolis

Surly built their new destination brewery in Minneapolis and it just opened 2 weeks ago. Shellie and I went there last Saturday night at about 9 PM. Upon walking in we were carded and told the kitchen was closed, so beer only. Which wasn’t a problem since we just ate at Jerusalem’s. We got a couple beers and started poking around.

Of course I had read about this place, both before it opened and the recent reviews of it, so I kind of knew what to expect. But honestly, this place is bigger and better than I pictured. The Beer Hall, as they are calling it, is the main room of the building. I’m not sure how many people it seats, but there are a lot of tables in there. Most of them are bigger and shared with other groups of people, but there are a few smaller tables.  At one end of the room there are windows into the brewing area. At the other there are windows facing out to the patio (patio! this is an acre of soon-to-be-beer-garden that can seat another 500 people). These windows are actually doors and it looks like the whole wall can be slid to the sides and opened up.

Surly Brewing Beer Hall
Surly Brewing Beer Hall

My Huong Kitchen Minneapolis

Now we’re getting somewhere with these Eat Street restaurants. I came up with the idea that Shellie and I should try them all out months ago. And now we’re really doing it.
Last weekend we went to My Huong Kitchen for the first time. My Huong Kitchen is a Vietnamese place. It’s a very casual place and the prices are cheap. Like cheap cheap. The menu has some really interesting things on it and it was hard to pick what to get.

Eat Street Minneapolis

Hey. I just wanted to do a quick post today about Eat Street in Minneapolis. 3 of my latest posts have been about restaurants on Eat Street, so I thought maybe I should explain a bit about it.

Eat Street runs down Nicollet Ave in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis for 17 blocks. Basically it’s from downtown to 29th street. Along this stretch are a bunch of restaurants and other places to get a bite to eat. A lot of them represent different ethnicities. I’m not going to go into all of that right here, but I am excited to try them all and let you know what I think.