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The Lowbrow

mtullius Feb 4, 2011 12:11 PM

Checked out the new neighborhood bar in the Kingfield area of Minneapolis yesterday, The Lowbrow. It's about 2 blocks from my daughter's daycare, so I was very excited to have a place to hang out if I arrive early for pickup....

Has anyone else been here? I perused the menu and just had an appetizer and a beer; I plan to return with wife and child sometime soon for an early post-daycare dinner, or possibly for their weekend brunch.

I had some chips and salsa and guacamole. Very impressive-- the chips are housemade, arrived hot and fresh with some nice big grains of salt. The salsa seemed to be very fresh and probably housemade too, and the guac likewise. The beer selection is fairly small, only 5 taps, but all local/regional and a good spread of styles: they had Grain Belt Premium, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Fulton Sweet Child, Rush River Amber, and Bell's Best Brown (the last one being a rotating Bell's seasonal, and also the only one from outside MN/WI).

The menu looks intriguing: all the meat is locally sourced (Thousand Hills beef, Fischer Farms pork, Larry Schultz chicken), a few of the entrees are a bit unusual for "bar food" (spaghetti and homemade meatballs), and the prices were (to me) astonishingly low-- $6.25 for a grassfed beef burger??

Some nice looking brunch selections too.....

If anyone has been here, or if you make it to a meal there before I do, chime in!

  1. splatgirl May 18, 2011 04:53 PM

    I've been once, a couple of months ago. I think everyone in my party agreed, the food was good, not great. I predict they are better already and will continue to improve.
    Huge props for the creative, fun decor (they had me at the huge paint-by-number).
    I'll go back because I appreciate the non-skank meats, local, etc.--still fairly uncommon to find in a casual setting.

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      ShinyCake May 18, 2011 11:19 AM

      I really want to like this place, and I'm planning to give it another try, but so far... eh.

      The nachos were really good, but they skimped on the cheese to a rather severe degree. I liked the fresh jalapenos on them, though. And while I prefer corn chips, their flour chips were nice and crunchy.

      The french fries were excellent. Some of the best I've ever had.

      The veggie burger was atrocious. Like someone overcooked quinoa, added about a quarter cup of cumin, and mashed it together into something resembling a patty, which disintegrated upon first bite. Definitely the worst veggie burger I've ever had.

      My friend ordered a medium hamburger, which arrived with only a hint of pink. He was unimpressed.

      1. mtullius Feb 7, 2011 04:49 AM

        Well we made it to brunch yesterday. They open for brunch at 9:00 (or possibly 9:30; the person who answered the phone wasn't sure), FYI, since this info is not on their FB page or website, unfortunately.

        But the brunch was excellent. I had pancakes, a reasonable stack of 3 buttermilk cakes. They were very fluffy. I also had a side of bacon, which was Fischer Farms and very yummy. My chowspouse had the Elvis sandwich, a grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon concoction on good bread. It was delish. Decent coffee from Peace Coffee.

        Oh, and fresh squeezed OJ and Minnesota maple syrup. Everything at this place seems to be fresh and housemade, and the prices are almost outrageously reasonable.

        Soon we'll hit the Lowbrow for an early post-daycare pickup dinner.

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          isfahani Mar 1, 2011 11:00 AM

          While the burgers and pulled pork were fine, the fries were greasy and soggy. BIG bummer. The side of coleslaw with my pulled pork sandwich was so small I wondered why they even bothered.

          Tables are spaced out nicely so you don't feel crowded, but the place wasn't very warm or inviting. Clinical, but with dim lighting. Decent prices, which is nice to see. So, average food for average prices, which is a step up from somewhat similar places like this (read: Chatterbox, Happy Gnome, Merlin's etc), which feature average food for high prices.

          Oh, they could use a bit more variety in beer.

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            njk May 18, 2011 07:45 AM

            Agree. Went last night - ordered drinks and the jalapeno poppers. Based on the space, limited menu, and the completely lacking flavor of the app, we opted out on dinner. Too bad. I was really excited about this in the neighborhood.

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          Josie Feb 4, 2011 01:53 PM

          We went there on Tuesday. My husband had the Lowbrow burger, I had the spicy Fire burger, & my son had the spaghetti & meatballs. All our entrees were good, burgers were regular sized, & we really liked the fries. I didn't get a chance to try the spaghetti. Husband had a glass of the Farmhouse Saison, I had a glass of the house white, son had milk. We shared a good sized piece of blueberry-peach pie with a scoop of ice cream, & son had a dish of ice cream. Our tab was $50.40. I am not sure if they have a childrens menu-it wasn't offered & son ordered from the adult menu. There were booster seats & high chairs, & a couple other tables had kids. By the time we left around 7pm the place was filling up.

          We really liked it & are happy to have them a few blocks away from the house. We'll definitely be back.

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            meljohns Feb 4, 2011 01:48 PM

            We stopped in for a drink last night and we're looking forward to going back for dinner. Gotta love a place that serves deviled eggs.
            It's exciting to have it in the hood, mainly because while there are more and more options in Kingfield (my waistline can attest to that) Lowbrow has prices that aren't crazy. I don't recall anything on the menu being over $12, including the entrees.
            And Heather, the owner, came by and chatted. Very charming.

            1. The Dairy Queen Feb 4, 2011 12:14 PM

              That Kingfield area really has lots of exciting stuff going on!

              But, wow, $6.25 for a grassfed burger? Are they slider-like?

              ~TDQ

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              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                mtullius Feb 4, 2011 01:34 PM

                I haven't tried 'em yet, but my impression is that it is a regular-sized burger.

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