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Dec 5, 2010 02:23 PM

Nick & Eddie: WORST restaurant in Minneapolis

It's now official....I truly believe Nick & Eddie is the worst restaurant in the Twin Cities. We have now given this place chance on 3 separate occasions and they have failed miserably each and every time.

We arrived at 9pm as a party of 8 after an event at Bar Lurcat (exceptional, by the way). We then waited for 30 minutes despite the place being 1/2 full. Not one effort on any part of the staff to move together tables or make an attempt to accommodate our group.

One we get seated, the airhead waiter stops by once to take a drink order. 20 minutes later the drinks arrive. 20 minutes then pass before this clown ever stops by again to take our order. We ordered several options and not one impressed. The wagyu meatloaf was dry, the poutine lacked flavor, and the pork tacos were downright disgusting with overcooked pork.

My advice: NEVER go to this restaurant. The service is an abomination and the food is mediocre. Too many other good options in the area.

Nick & Eddie
1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  1. Different strokes for different folks...

    NEVER had a negative experience at N&E and I've dined and drank there many times.
    Sure the service isn't on the same level as La Belle Vie but neither is the price point...
    It's hard to deny how accessible their price point is. The food in my experience has always been on point. Plus they provide an outlet for some of the most progressive musical artists in the area (See their standing Wednesday night M.D.S. sets). So if you're not into a relaxed atmosphere, creative and affordable food, cheap cocktails and arguably the best organic musical happenings then by all means 'NEVER go to this restaurant.'

    Sorry your experience(s) haven't panned out, but I feel your advice to openly disuade diners from checking out N&E is a little brash.

    La Belle Vie
    510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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    1. re: mplsean

      If I had to wait one hour and ten minutes to get drinks, I would openly dissuade diners from checking out the place, too. Nothing relaxing about that.

      1. re: mplsean

        Sorry mplsean, I'm agreeing with scooter260 on this one. I actually went back (only because we were with friends who made the reservation) after I wrote my initial post and my second experience was not much better. The service is laughable with a bad attitude - it took effort on a not very busy night to track down someone to take a drink order and the time to receive them was maddening. I could go on about the second experience but I just can't spend anymore energy on the place - I'm just never going back, regardless who makes the reservation - far too aggravating.

      2. Huh. I went to Nick & Eddy for the first time last week - on a very slow Sunday night - and was pleasantly surprised. The food we ordered was very good, and I thought the place compared quite favorably to the upscale neighborhood bistros around town.

        For apps, we had the pork tacos (I liked 'em; thought the pork was tasty and didn't notice any dryness), a scotch egg (fine but nothing special) and rock shrimp tempura (excellent; good spicy sauce).

        My main was "chicken with dumplings" - actually chicken confit with gnocci. Fabulous, and very rich. It was some of the best chicken and best gnocchi that I've had.

        Mr. Tastebud had the Salad Nicoise and said it was fine, but not the classic presentation he had been craving. It had white beans instead of green beans (works for me, 'cause green beans aren't in season...) and instead of a hard-boiled egg, they prepare a "sous vide" poached egg, which is quite, um, uncooked looking. Tasty, though.

        Our server was fine - just a wee bit spacy and slow, but service was pretty good. Prices were appropriate - in fact, a bit lower than expected for food of this quality. The only negatives: The music was way too loud and it's really cold by the windows.

        I would definitely go back, but not during a busy mealtime. I can see how the place would be slow and noisy when it's slammed. But another cold Sunday night might find me back there for that delicious chicken dish.


        P.S. Scooter, if this is the worst restaurant you've been to in town, I could give you a lot more that would bump this one up in your ratings. Are you up for the challenge? :-)

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        1. re: AnneInMpls

          The one time I went there, I had the chicken with gnocci too, and it was sensational.
          The server was a little sardonic, but in a funny way. I kind of enjoyed him.

          But I consider myself lucky based on what I've heard here about service.

          1. re: AnneInMpls

            I wonder what the title of a thread like that would be:

            1) The Worst Restaurant List
            2) Nowhere To Go But Up
            3) How Are These Places In Business?

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I accept the challenge!

              It has become so much more difficult for me to tolerate poor attitudes and service these days. It seems like such an easy thing to do. Perhaps I am just getting older!

              On to better restaurants!

            2. You aren't alone...

              In that second thread, I posted part way down about my own personal bad experience.