Muddy Waters' new joint: a first look at the restaurant and bar
|The sign is now on the patio.|
Here are some pics and an overview of the menu...
|Flower boxes and a black awning|
The Muddy vibe is still intact, although now you can eat, drink, and wear black from morning through late night in a more open, clean space. The staff is still pouring the strong coffee from the counter, but now there's also a bar for more grown-up drinks. The draft offerings are numerous, including lots of Surly and brews from Bell's, Lagunitas, Fulton, Brooklyn Brewery, Deschutes, and more, with the Grand Cru 12-ounce topping out the list at $7. For those rubbing the nickels together, there's many a tallboy and Hamm's and Olympia for $2.75 ($2 at happy hour). The wine prices are great too, with glasses starting at $3.50 ($2.50 at hh) and the most expensive bottle listed at $24.
|Open, light and still cool|
We were told lunch service begins each day at 11 a.m. The menu shows a selection of sandwiches like the rock shrimp po' boy ($8), a grinder with salami, mortadella, pepperoni, provolone and giardiniera mayo ($8), the EFBLT with chicken fried bacon ($7.50) and fried mortadella with an egg ($7.50). Small plates range from $3 fries to $8 wings or roasted golden beets, plus several other bites and a daily soup ($5). Three kinds of pizza and a sausage bread ($10-$12) tide you over until bar time.
|The bar at Muddy's|
|Hot Dish loves a patio.|
The patio is to your right as you enter, and a small private room is in back behind the bar area. Up front, there are house-made pastries in the case. While we were there, a piece of espresso vanilla shortbread and a ham and corn galette ($5) won us over.
|Ham and corn galette|
It's definitely worth a visit to see the new Muddy Waters as it settles in and makes adjustments--nothing is set in stone just yet. And it's open day and night, seven days a week, so it definitely fits into your schedule.
2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis