Check this place out!.
Service was excellent! They were very accomodating to our large party. I left them in a bad spot leaving a large table open for longer then they would probably like and they were very understanding and worked with me.
I had the linguini with Lobster and it was excellent! Flavors were great. Also tried the roasted garlic appetizer and it was very good as well. Love the cracker things in the bread baskets too!
Slipping (but just a little) as she grows older.
Broder's delivers the perfect recipe for relaxation and flavor, but should consider the customer's experience a little bit more.
The ever circulating menu - though still wonderful - is recirculating upon itself a lot and it seems needs some new inspiration from the outside. That said (and in an impossible catch-22) don't' change a thing. Broder's is the perfect summer evening retreat. For love, or for loss.
Quite a let down. The food was not as described on the menu. I waited almost an extra 45 minutes beyond my reservation to be seated. I also emailed Broders about my concerns prior to this post but they failed to respond to my concerns. Don't waste your time here.....believe me there are better things you can do with three hours!
great pasta - feels like Italy!. Very fun place to eat - small and cozy with a great neighborhood feel. I love its coziness, but on a busy night the wait can sometimes be frustrating. We made the mistake of not calling ahead once and waited quite a while, so now we have learned to call ahead. Still, it is worth a wait. We are close enough for take out, which we also enjoy, but the pasta (homemade) is absolutely best when you eat it there. I love the lamb/eggplant - especially on a cold night - real comfort food. Try not to fill up on the yummy bread basket because their pasta dishes are generous! The wine list is affordable and the service is friendly and knowledgeable. These kind of neighborhood spots are a great find and this is one of the best!
Pasta, Pasta And More Pasta. I thought the pizza was good at the deli then I tried the pasta across the street and wow! I never had anything so good. Broders seems to know what they are doing. There are lots of choices, enough to please everyone. I had a pasta with lamb, olives, goat cheese and rosemary that was outstanding. Others at the table had a great Bolognese, a pasta with truffle cream and cheese and one with a simple tomato sauce. All were really, really good. Don't miss this one.
Gotta Love Broders. Broders is small, cramped and hard to get into but no one puts it out like they do. This place really makes pasta the is outstanding. You go there for the best plate of pasta in town. You have to try it to get it. I recommend calling ahead to get you name on the list.
THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE FOR PASTA IN TOWN!. Broders Pasta Bar can become an addiction, an obsession if you don't watch out. There are so many great pasta dishes to choose from on the menu that are really, truly delicious. Needless to say, I am a regular. My first experience was Number 11, a pasta with chicken and prosciutto, almonds, asparagus and fresh greens tossed with homemade noodles and some sort of creamy but light sauce... incredible. Anyway, it took awhile before I started to order other dishes on the menu - and there are a lot of them. I now love the after eight special where two can eat for under $30.00 including wine, pasta, salad and olives. The pasta dishes are simple but excellently executed just like in Italy. Service is great. Getting in can be hard but we have it figured out. Call ahead (more than one hour), go on week nights, go later rather than earlier and then it is a breeze. Everyone there is warm and friendly and the bar is the best communal table in town.
Worth the wait. I went on a Friday night and had to wait for over an hour--but it was SO worth it. We drank a bottle of wine while waiting, and the staff and atmosphere were great. Best pasta I've found in Minneapolis (and quite frankly ever, outside of Italy).
Broders is simply awful. If you want dry, flavorless, overpriced pasta, go here..
This place is awful. I can't believe how popular it is!
I got take-out last night. I asked the host/server what she recommended if we were looking for one flavorful, garlicky, tomato pasta dish and one cheesy pasta dish. She recommended the penne alla puttanesca with the addition of spicy sausage and extra sauce(#20) and the tagliarini di Locanda del Lupo (#18) respectively. Well, flavorful and cheesy they were not. The puttanesca was a lot of noodles and almost no sauce. The "sauce" amounted to 4 or 5 pieces of plum tomato and a lot of chopped olives. The sausage was not mixed into the sauce, but rather a sausage link (not very spicy) cut into chunks, I think there were 6 or 8 chunks of sausage. It was very dry and flavorless--no garlic, no olive oil, no seasoning.
The tagliarini was even worse. She described it as a creamy dish with cheese on top. When I took it out of the container (in a starchy lump w a fork) it was so dry there was no remnant of "creamy sauce" left in the container. There were a few pieces of cheese that had been grated on top. The prusciutto that was listed on the menu seemed absent, could not detect the truffle pesto either. It couldn't have had more than a 1/4 cup of sauce for a giant portion of noodles. Again, dry and flavorless. The ceasar salad was also dry and flavorless. The chocolate torte was good, but I assume they don't make it in house. Definately not worth the $40! They must make a ton of money selling noodles. I can't believe the way people line up out the door for this joint. Next time I'm going back to Al Vento on 34th Ave and 50th St. Their food is always explosively flavorful, rich and complex--without the hour wait AND you can make a reservation. Broders was a huge dissappointment. I didn't even call to complain, for fear they'd offer me a gift certificate and I'd feel compelled to return. Yuck.
FABULOUS FOOD but lacking in service. Italian food like they actually make in Italy . This place is not for those who only like American-style Italian. Food is fresh as can be. Salads are scrumptious and bread is crusty and delicious. The location is quaint, but this also means everything is a tight squeeze - parking, waiting, even seating. But the food is consistently good. If you have a party of 3 or more during a weekend - forget it. This is true unless you have the required allotted number of persons for reservations, which I believe is 6. The wait staff is good, but the hosting staff will make your life a living h-ll if you cross them. Why do I even go here? Because the food is good. If they ever falter on that, well they really don't have anything to fall back on.
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