Dined on June 4th.
Young Joni is located in Northeast Minneapolis next to my favorite craft brewery and taproom Dangerous Man Brewing. I was excited for Young Joni because of the owner, Chef Ann Kim, who also owns Pizzeria Lola in Southwest Minneapolis.
First Impression: The restaurant was easy to find – figuring out how to open the front door was the hard part. We were confused, as we couldn’t find the handle. Ultimately we got in, but it was tricky – be warned. Later we got a good view from our table of others getting stumped as well. We didn’t have a reservation but the wait was only 30 minutes. We went next door to Dangerous Man and grabbed a beer until they sent us a text that our table was ready. Our table was in the middle of the restaurant where we got a good view of the entire place. It is beautiful, personable, and welcoming. Sarah remarked that she liked the vibe at Young Joni better than Pizzeria Lola. It is definitely unique.
Our meal started with the Korean Beef Short Ribs ($12). They were served with chimichurri, and a charred Serrano yogurt. The meat was tender and flavorful. When you add the combination of the chimichurri and the yogurt, the ribs are delightful and absolutely tasty. They reminded us of the lamb appetizer at 112 Eatery which is equally delicious.
This Cauliflower ($10) dish was out of this world. Shishito peppers, saffron chermoula, pickled fresno, golden raisins, almond picada, and cauliflower yogurt make up the dish. I wasn’t familiar with all of ingredients but together they made the cauliflower savory, sweet, spicy, rich and smoky. Do not miss out on this definite winner.
For the pizza, we decided on the Basque ($16). The Basque included Spanish chorizo, mozzarella, goat cheese, piquillo pepper, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, and preserved lemon. The pizza was good, especially due to the spicy chorizo with the balance of the creamy goat cheese. However, we both felt like the lemon overpowered the pizza. It was pretty much all we could smell and taste, even after we left the restaurant.
Verdict: Young Joni is a place for everyone to enjoy. You will be welcomed with open arms (once you find your way through the tricky door). The service is first rate, the atmosphere is friendly, and most importantly the food is delicious. Don’t forget to check out the secret bar/cocktail lounge that can be accessed in an alley on one side of the building. For my next visit, that is where I will be sitting to enjoy a cocktail with one of their amazing desserts.
Big thanks to Ann Kim and team for opening up this place and making all foodies happy.
165 13th Ave. NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tues – Thurs: 4pm-11pm
Friday: 4pm- 12am
Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm