Sharky is the manager you need to have at all this towns eateries!.
Went in after a show at Orchestra Hall, ordered a bottle of wine but we weren't told by the waiter that they close at 10:00. While drinking said wine, we were told to drink up as they were closed and wanted to leave; chugging the wine, we left along with several other patrons. Called the next day, asked for manager, was asked for my contact information as manager was out tending to some financial matter.
Sharky, the manager, called back quickly. Listened politely as I explained that when we asked for a bottle, we should have been informed that the place had closed, or was going to close very soon; he agreed, apologized and then asked for information about waiter, said he would talk to the guy. Offered to send me a gift certificate as a way of making up for it. All very polite and understanding...THAT is good customer service.
Avoid Sitting at the Bar. One bartender there is very rude. We had to flag him down everytime we wanted another round of drinks. He needs to get into a different career because he has no clue and has an attitude.
Good food Nice Environment. We enjoyed ourselves very much, the food seemed quite nice for the price. Not a huge menu but plenty for casual dining. Space was a little tight, seems similar to Harry's Food on Washington Ave but they have much more space(big booths).
Not so Irish. The place is decent enough, but not fantastic. We stopped in for a couple of Irish coffees and some appetizers. The appetizers were so-so (fish tocos were good, but ribs were recycled), but the Irish coffees were the worst. It seemed a bit strange that the bartender had to "disappear" to make them - usually they build a drink in front of you so you can see what's what. Not this time. He takes off to some cubby hole away from the bar and then returns: "Ta dah" - here they are: luke warm and - I swear - no whiskey. So we asked him about it in a nice way and in a nice way he gets us two more on the house. A nice gesture, but two times bad is not good, it's just double bad. At first we thought maybe their mistaken opinion of Irish coffee might be using Baleys instead of Irish whiskey, but the drinks were too weak even for that. Who knows what they're doing there, but I suggest you stick to the beers and the tacos. One nice thing is that during happy hour the appetizers are two for one, which is good because I would have been extra angy if I really had to pay $12.00 for that dried out mini slab of leather that they called ribs. With so many nice places around, I would choose another place to really eat and drink, but this is okay for a quick one.
Good brunch, terrible service.
Gone to Ike's a few times and the experience is usually the same with one or two exceptions. The atmosphere is great and the food is good with the brunch being the highlight, but the service is often spotty to awful to downright rude.
The last visit was for brunch and we had reservations. The hostess was completely clueless and did not seat us until 15minutes after arrival even thought the table was available just not bussed. The server did come by, nor did anyone come by for 20 minutes until we finally flagged someone down. The waitress was actually quite nice, but the waitress for the group next to us was very rude to the table. We both were celebrating birthdays.
I love the weekender Bloody Mary, but I will find other options on a Sunday especially for a group. The food is good, but not outstanding and not enough to sustain another try. Such a disapointment considering Mpls ever changing food scene as of late. I know it's a chain of sorts but I expected better.
Great late nite eats.. Wandered around and stumbled upon Ike's late at nite. The hostess was friendly and helpful when we asked to see a menu, she gave a great suggestion for desert. The rediculous chocolate cake was rediculously good and so was the quesadila. Nice place!
Bad bad bad all the way around. We must have come on an off night, because it was the worst dining experience in memory. The place is mostly a bar, no matter where you sit, there is the huge bar right next to you. The food was absolutely awful. Nothing was good. The steaks were over done, even the waitress insisted that we send them back when she saw them. There was a weird spice mix on them, which was not on the menu and was not edible. The dessert (a fudge something or other) was rock hard, it about flew off my plate when I tried cutting into to. We took another couple here for a special dinner, and spent well over $200. It was embarrassing to "treat" them to such a poor meal. The next day I just had to call and tell them how awful it was, and the manager was not helpful at all. I emailed the owner and never heard back. I have never wanted to demand my money back from a restaurant before now, but I wish I had. It was just bad bad bad. I wish I would have stuck with the burgers, I hear they are the only good thing on the menu.
To-Die-For Burgers. Hands down the best burger I have ever had in the Twin Cities. It sends Matt's and the 5-8 packin'. Come back for brunch (with a group!) and order up one of their ginormous bloodies. So delicious!
Retro-cool digs for scensters and locals--and comfort food that really comforts..
One look at the neon sign outside and you'd swear this place has been around since the '40s. The gorgeous antique wood bar runs the length of the narrow room and World War II memorabilia adorns the walls. Lunchtime features hand-carved roast beef sandwiches, huge hand-patted burgers or chili thick with shredded beef and rich spice. For dinner, there's roasted chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and gravy--the Blue Plate Special.
Bloody Mary called "The Weekender". The WEEKENDER is a Bloody Mary that is a MEAL! It is served only during the weekend brunch hours, but it is worth the trip! They pack so much in this drink, you won't need to order from the menu, but don't miss their appetizers. Lots of variety and plenty to choose from. Fabulous!
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