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Nov 23, 2010 08:50 PM

The Inn - Minneapolis

We tried the newly opened "The Inn" in the former Hell's Kitchen space in Minneapolis tonight. I very much like Strip Club Meat and Fish in St. Paul so I was excited to have a restaurant with (at least some? or all?) of the same owners much closer to my house.

Overall, it lived up to my expectations. We tried a bunch of different things and shared among the five of us. A few favorites:

Mussels - my favorite dish of the night. I kept wanting to eat more bread so I could eat more bacon broth. Eventually, I just resorted to the spoon.

Chicken Wings - the sauce involved bitters which somehow brought it all together and the wings were both a bit crispy and tender.

Amuse bouche of carmelized onions and beef broth - so savory and rich. :-)

Chicken - poached in a broth involving bacon and mustard. The chicken was so tender. The sauce by itself was maybe a touch salty, but with the chicken or bread it was delicious!

Potato dumplings - like cream cheese wontons only with potatoes inside, served with carmelized onions and cheese sauce. A bit odd, but very tasty.

I thought the cured meat plate was fine, but pretty standard. The desserts were from Salty Tart and were good to satisfy a craving, but not as interesting as I have had some other places.

I definitely will be back to try some more small plates/entrees and the cocktails. I had beer (Fulton IPA on tap), but I heard good things about the cocktails from my friends.

Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Salty Tart
920 E Lake St Ste 158, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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  1. Went to The Inn last week with Chowhubby.

    Really enjoyed the roll (seriously its as close to a true Parker House roll as I've ever had in the Twin Cities) and the Mussels to start. The Oysters were just ok.

    Chicken was excellent as was the Cod and White Beans.

    Service was solid including the bar staff. Nice space and props for the Fulton.

    Will be returning!

    1. I visited The Inn a couple weeks ago for a snack and drinks after work. Loved the atmosphere. After the fall of the Town Talk, I've been craving someplace close by to visit after work and I think this is it! Had the oxtail small plate with a roll. I agree that the roll is amazing. Perfect complement to the tender oxtail. Loved soaking up the broth. Service was awesome--like the old TT, they handed me an apple cider/rum amuse bouche drink. Can't wait to go back and try to fois gras & egg burger.

      1. Went with a group of 6 ladies on Friday. I was very surprised that the place was packed. With the location and lack of parking, I thought we'd be walking into a ghost town. So score 1 for atmosphere and servers who could keep up with it.

        I had:

        Cured Meat Plate: I'm always a sucker for this. I was head over heels for both mustards served with the meats.

        Cheese Plate: Not a cheese plate at all, but tiny cheese sandwiches. This was a big hit at our table, especially when you stole some mustard from the meat plate to go with.

        Burger: And not an ordinary burger. This came with foe grais, tomato jam, a fried egg, and an English muffin. Usually I can put it down, but this one was a little rich for me. I'd still do it again.

        Chocolate tart: Not a huge hit at the table, but I fell for the marshmallow meringue on top.

        I wasn't a fan of any of the potato dishes. I didn't care for the dumplings or the special, potato bites with lobster. Both bland to me. The only other complaint was the salt content.