Joe’s Garage is one of those Minneapolis institutions that does just what us Midwesterners want in food. They keep it basic while keeping it exciting, and they keep the meat. Yes, this is a generalization but I know it is at least somewhat substantiated - I’ve got live-in proof.

This was the #2 and final stop for restaurant week – sadly. Between work dinners, wedding dinners and rehearsal dinners not to mention a desire to not eat out every single dinner, restaurant week had to come to an end. Joe’s Garage has been on the ever-growing restaurant list for quite some time now and we thought restaurant week would be the perfect opportunity to try a wide variety of what they had to offer.

Appetizer Course: Smoked Liver Pate Crostini with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Fried Oysters. The liver crostini was nothing new, the taster enjoys liver pate on a regular basis, but it was delicious nonetheless. I even had a bite which is a rare occurance when it comes to liver pate but those caramelized onions lured me in! The fried oysters were ok but I wouldn’t order them again (I don’t think they are on the regular menu anyway).


Main Course: Salmon with Greek Risotto and Lemon Caper Butter and Beef Shortribs with Mashed Potatoes. The salmon (mine) was perfectly cooked and crispy on the outside, smooth as butter on the inside. The risotto was the perfect accompaniment, I can’t wait to try to recreate this one! The short ribs were also delicious, although I only had but one bite. My meat-loving dinner companion was hoarding…


Dessert Course: Strawberry Shortcake with Mascarpone Caramelized Cream and Homemade Chocolate Pudding. The shortcake was delicious and absolutely perfect considering I’ve been craving shortcake recently, but I just wasn’t impressed with the pudding. It did have a deep chocolate flavor, like a dark chocolate pudding which I appreciated, but I wasn’t wowed.

The food at Joe’s was great, the prices are reasonable and the roof-top patio is perfect for enjoying those short-lived Minnesota warm nights. Winter is quickly approaching…and we’ve got meat to eat.

12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    There’s a place down in jersey called Pop’s garage and this reminded me of there, except that’s Mexican food and basically a hole in the wall, kind of. Ahh please don’t say winter is approaching! haha

    P.S. I love your picture,you are so pretty! :)

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  2. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    I was so not expecting that kind of food when I read that you ate at a place called “Joe’s Garage”. Garage does not = liver pate in my book! Nice looking choices, though!

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  3. Angharad
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    I love their rooftop! Such a great place to sit with a glass of wine. Haven’t been this summer though…I should remedy that whilst I still can!

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  4. and flowers pick themselves
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    looks like a wonderful, delicious time!

    :)

    xo Alison

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  5. Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    I had always been nervous regarding pate (Pureed liver? Ummmm, no thanks.), but once I actually tried it during a decadent and highly indulgent dinner out years ago, it blew me away.

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    • Emily
      Aug 13, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

      I agree, the idea of it…eh. But a bite always tastes good. I haven’t even had the fancy stuff, I’m sure that is MUCH better!

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  6. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    I’ve thought of going here before but never have actually done it… the rooftop sounds fun!

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  7. SheFit
    Aug 13, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Oh man, I love strawberry shortcake! The pictures of all the food looks great. Sounds like a perfect way to end the restaurant eats

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  8. kate
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    your comment about winter made me sad. it is right around the corner :(

    i never think about ordering anything other than a burger while at joes. perhaps i shall branch out next time!

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  9. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    Looks like a fantastic meal! I love restaurant weeks–such a great opportunity to try new dishes at new restaurants!

    Your salmon entree sounds yummy! I would have ordered the same thing. :)

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  10. Lori
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    I love the outdoor seating there. The food looks delicious as well! Glad you were able to fit that stop in.

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