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Feb 26, 2010 09:28 AM

Bradstreet Crafthouse

Went last night for drinks with some friends. It's now become my second favorite spot for delicious cocktails. The drink menu is superb and well thought out; both drinks I tried were really excellent. We sat in the back lounge area, a great hideaway space. It's nice to have a place like this downtown, that's cool and chic with well-made cocktails. The one thing I skipped was the food. I've heard it gets great reviews but has anyone had tried it?

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  1. I'll bite.....if this is your "second favorite" spot, what's your first?

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    1. re: leeniebeanie

      Ha, I'm a huge proponent of La Belle Vie on this board and part of the reason is their cocktail menu/lounge. It's still my favorite place to go although I have to admit, Bradstreet gives them a run for their money, at least in their cocktail offerings. The bartender at LBV (Johnny) is really inventive and I've never had anything there food-wise that wasn't outstanding.

    2. I recently went to Bradstreet with friends. It was the only time that I've been there. I thought the food was pretty good, but less than a month later, I can't remember a single thing I ate. So I guess that I'd say the food was fine but unremarkable.

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      1. re: bob s

        Good to know, thanks. Do you remember if it's all small plates? That was the impression I got.

        1. re: meljohns

          That's my recollection as well. I think they have their menu on their website.

          Bradstreet Craftshouse Restaurant
          601 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          1. re: meljohns

            The menu is all small plates. The drinks are amazin and the food is really good. The BLT, lamb sliders, and walley tacos were highlights. I think it's a great place to hit for an after-work happy hour or before a show at First Ave, but a little spendy for me to consider it a regular destination, especially given the size of the portions.

        2. I have not eaten at Bradstreet, but spent two amazing evenings there with Adam as the bartender talking about flavors, bitters, drink history and of course drinking their amazing cocktails. It's an art performance watching them mix with the bonus of an amazing drink at the end.

          I love that they make so many of their own bitters, etc. The Sazerac has got to be one of my favorites. These are not your rum and Coke cocktails and the price reflects that, but they're worth the treat that they are. Plus, I have been comped a drink a few times.

          I like La Belle Vie, too but somehow like the drink menu at Bradstreet better. Although, when I ordered a drink that I didn't like at Belle Vie, they just poured it out and made me another.

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          1. re: oishiiyo

            I also thought it was fun that you get an "amuse" drink before your ordered drink comes out.

            1. re: oishiiyo

              I have to admit that I was a little underwhelmed when I asked the waiter to have the bartender make me something interesting and all I got was a Sazerac. While it was good, I was disappointed because (a) there's nothing especially unique about a Sazerac - it's relatively well known, (b) they're not hard to make, (c) there's nothing homemade about a Sazerac - unless they made their own bitters instead of using Peychaud's.

              (And the server said they weren't too busy. I wasn't going to impose if it was going to be a problem.) I suppose I just don't look very adventurous....

              1. re: bob s

                I went tonight, and found the sazerac downright rapturous. Since Bradstreet is a throwback to the cocktails of old, this is what you are going to get when you trust the bartender.

                Our food was very good. The duck wings were a stand out. The drummies coated with cajun seasoning performed as adult lollipops. The marcona almonds (which, btw, I've had great luck ordering small bowls of nuts off appetizer menus lately) did not disappoint.

                The quesadilla was more or less in line with its happy hour pricing. Some innovative flavors, and a great pairing with the drinks, but nothing I'd return for. The calamari dish deserves credit for stepping outside the fried/spicy/lemony box, but I can't help but think that the box is there for a reason.

                Still, $70 for four fantastic cocktails and four good to great small plates was more than enough to make me a believer.

                1. re: kevin47

                  I had the quesadilla and the calamari- was happy with both. The cheese plate was excellent also.

                  1. re: meljohns

                    I love it there. Not only do they have cutting edge mixology but the food is good as well. Try the lamb burger or the quesadilla. Both are very good. Luxardo is now a part of my bar expirience at home because of them