Outdoor dining in NE?
I'm heading out with the gang on a weekday evening for wine/food/chatter. We're converging from all corners of the Twin Cities. I'm wondering if you can share your favorite restaurant with outdoor dining somewhere around downtown/U/NE. Things I don't like: trying to find a place to park; paying more for parking than for my drinks; the entire outdoor dining section is just a smoking section; outdoor music so loud we can't talk. Any ideas?
Depending on the size of the gang, Brasa fits the bill. Their patio area will seat ~20, if I recall correctly. They only have a few wine selections, though.
You may have to get used to looking for parking in the city. At least in NE you don't have to pay more than the meter usually.
How many people is a "gang"? Heads-up, you won't find many, if any, outdoor 10-tops downtown or in NE. Red Stones have parking and big outdoor tables I believe...not sure where those are though.
Red Stag - parking in the lot across the street, wine, food, music isn't loud unless there is live music and that doesn't start until 9-10pm...biggest outdoor table is a 4-top however.
I like Big E's suggestion. They could probably do an 8-top on the patio, but you'd have to wait for it. Ample street parking in the surrounding neighborhood.
Suburbanites would hate trying to park/find St Anthony Main...so that's out (plus those places have bad food).
Punch has a great patio (for 10, though you'd have to move the tables), meter parking around the block, wine and food...but I don't think that's what you are looking for.
Sample Room has pretty good wine, but I think the biggest table is maybe 6 on their little patio.
I must be missing some.
Monte Carlo in the Loop/Warehouse area has a lovely patio, and parking is free after six in that area. I'd stick with the low ticket items.
If it's raining or cold, you can call an audible and go to Be'Wiched or Black Sheep Pizza. Win-win.
Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The Bulldog has decent "gastro pub" like food and an outdoor seating area. You can park in the US Bank parking lot after a certain time.
If you are considering Bulldog, walk across the street to Whiteys. We've had good food there, and the noise level wasn't bad. It can be busy during happy hour. Really old bar ambiance. They do have outdoor seating, too.