Muddy Waters' new joint: a first look at the restaurant and bar

Categories: Restaurants
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The sign is now on the patio.
When the landlord at the old location wanted to raise their rent by 66 percent, the owners of Muddy Waters, an uptown landmark for 20-plus years, decided to move south to Lyn-Lake and recreate the place--as a coffeeshop, restaurant, and bar (as reported here). After many months of construction, the new joint opened officially on Wednesday, June 15, and it looks amazing. It's retained the dark wood feel of the former location, but now boasts a long bar, patio, booths, and a view to its kitchen, along with plenty of tables and a counter in front.

Here are some pics and an overview of the menu...

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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.

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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.

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The bar at Muddy's
Weekdays feature a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. that has Bender-braised pot roast sliders ($7), burgers ($7.50-$9), steamed mussels ($11), and several items from the lunch and late-night menus. At 5 p.m., dinner builds on the noon meal, with additions like fish tacos ($7), a cheese board (market price) and large plates of pot roast, gnocchi and steak, among others. The late night menu from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. is fairly similar to the happy hour menu with a few bigger choices. 

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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.

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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.

Muddy Waters
2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

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