Dined on November 19th.
The week prior to Thanksgiving we celebrated my good friend Paul’s birthday at Eat Street Social. Eat Street Social is located on W 26th St, off of Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis. Over the years, that particular corner has gone through numerous transformations. It’s nice to see that area is still alive with this hip neighborhood bistro that is serving great food and unique craft cocktails.
First Impression: The restaurant looked very festive. The holiday spirit was surely present. As for the dining space, it is charming. At the center of the room, is a huge square bar that is definitely a highlight. The whole restaurant exudes a laid back atmosphere that is welcoming in its decor and service.
These Jalapeno Poppers ($9) with ancho aioli, bacon, pico de gallo, and queso fresco were beautifully presented. I was a bit taken back by how delicious they were. They do pop in your mouth and the flavor combinations will surprise you.
I ordered the 1881 Sirloin a La Planca ($30) for my entree. The steak came with squash perogis, mushrooms which I got on the side (since I don’t eat them) and a demi-glace. The steak was tender and cooked perfectly. You throw in the demi-glace with the sirloin, and I had to savor every bite. The perogis were a welcome addition, as they veered from the usual sides that typically come with a steak. They complimented the dish well, and were very good.
Sarah ordered the Eat Street Burger ($15). This was a half pound burger that included smoked gouda, onion marmalade, preserved tomato, and garlic aioli. The burger was served with a side of fries. This burger won Sarah’s heart. It was cooked medium well, as she likes it, and was still moist, but not greasy. It had the perfect lightly seasoned, crunchy, grilled outer layer. The onion marmalade was a bit different, but the flavors of all the pieces made sense. Great burger…one of the best Sarah has ever had.
A friend brought champagne to celebrate, and the restaurant was very accommodating. Our amazing waiter Nick put the champagne on ice for us and later help us pour it. Our whole table agreed that the service was unbelievable. We were spoiled and well taken care of. The entire wait staff was great and very personable. Eat Street Social might be known for their cocktails, but their food and service should also be commended. I was very impressed. Don’t let the small menu scare you away, check this place out. I sincerely believe it is one of the hidden gems in Minneapolis.
18 West 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: Mon to Thu 4 pm – Midnight, Friday 4 pm – 1 am, Saturday 10 am – 1 am, Sunday 10 am – Midnight