All-American eats: 3 new restaurants to try in Minneapolis
So you’re hungry — and you’re ready for some American food. Good news: we’ve found the freshest spots to satisfy your appetite. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you’re in the mood for mac and cheese, comfort food and more.
610 W. Lake St., Whittier
Trio Plant-Based is a new vegan restaurant from married couple Sarah and Dan Woodcock and friend Louis Hunter. The eatery serves local, organic and fairly traded ingredients whenever possible, per its website.
It opened in late September following a successful Kickstarter campaign and several pop-ups, reports City Pages.
On the menu, offerings include the Grilled Cheeze Sandwich with tomato soup, and the Soulfood Platter, in which diners select three of the following: smoky house ribs with barbecue sauce, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, cornbread with maple butter and collard greens. Here’s the full menu.
Trio Plant-Based’s current Yelp rating of five stars out of seven reviews indicates positive feedback from diners.
Yelper Anna K., who reviewed the restaurant on Oct. 6, wrote, “We checked out Trio last night and suffice to say that we will be back! I wasn’t too hungry so opted for the Spaghettrios. It’s a yummy bowl with tomato sauce, circle noodles and some potato chips on top for texture.”
Yelper Emma H. wrote, “Trio did not disappoint! The food is so delicious. The staff is wonderful. The space is clean and beautiful. Trio is well worth a visit!”
Trio Plant-Based is open from 5–10 p.m. on Monday–Thursday and Sunday and 5–11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
2919 Knox Ave. South, East Isles
Brim is a new eatery offering customizable, mostly vegetarian-friendly fare. Owned and operated by husband/wife combo Patrick and Kate Sidoti, this cashless Uptown restaurant “serves bowls comprised of a rice base, sides, proteins and dressings dished from a string of Le Creuset Dutch ovens,” according to Eater Twin Cities.
Create your own or grab a signature bowl like the Smokey Pulled Beef and Chipotle complete with grains, kale, cauliflower gratin, grass-fed brisket, avocado, chipotle and cashew crema or the Plant Protein with quinoa, kale, golden beets, greens, sage white beans, grilled tempeh, super seed crunch and pesto. Here’s the full menu.
Brim is off to a promising start with a current Yelp rating of four stars out of seven reviews.
Yelper Johnnie H., who reviewed the eatery on Sept. 24, wrote, “The first thing you’ll notice is the beautiful design of the place to match its location. They have fast-casual bowls and baked goods. You can try a suggested bowl or build your own from a variety of grains, veggies, proteins and sauces.”
Kyle L. added, “Place is amazing. Great ambience and even better food. Really like the wine selection. The Piazza Grande Rose was my favorite.”
Brim is open from 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It’s closed on Monday.)
R A MacSammy’s Elbow Room
735 E. 48th St., South Minneapolis
R A MacSammy’s Elbow Room is a traditional American spot, offering comfort food and more. The brick-and-mortar eatery is helmed by chef Kevin Huyck, who started with a food truck in 2012.
Do you like mac and cheese? Then stop by this new place with a plethora of creamy noodle dishes. Take a peek at the Buffalo chicken variety with roasted chicken, house-made Buffalo sauce, blue cheese and celery sticks or the Cubano version with pulled pork, pit ham, sweet and spicy pickles, mustard and white cheddar cheese sauce.
Other menu options include snacks, beef and chicken sandwiches, sides and desserts. Check out the full menu here.
R A MacSammy’s Elbow Room currently holds four stars out of eight reviews on Yelp.
Yelper Mark M., who visited the restaurant on Oct. 6, wrote, “Glorious cheese! Huge portions. Fresh ingredients. Unique features. Can’t wait to keep going back.”
Madeline C. added, “Amazing food, great prices. My new favorite neighborhood spot for takeout or dine in.”
R A MacSammy’s Elbow Room is open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesday-Sunday. (It’s closed on Monday.)