Food & Drink

Fried chicken & waffles w/ chipotle hot sauce in a restaurant that's INSIDE another restaurant

Fried Chicken and Waffle at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Grab your babooshka and head to the Russian nesting doll of restaurants, Bluestem Bar & Table, located inside the Uptown organic spot French Meadow Bakery. Just rush in to the back of FMB's dining room, and get at their crab cake Bennies and duck confit flatbreads.

Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

When we said Bluestem was inside French Meadow, this is what we meant. See that in the back left corner? That's Bluestem's front door.

Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Just because they've tucked Bluestem behind French Meadow doesn't mean it's going to be tiny. Behold: one of the bigger dining rooms on Lyndale.

Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

And just when you think you've gotten to the back... boom! A secluded dining room hidden behind a custom wine cabinet guarded by Buddha, though, since you won't see him until you round the corner, he's really more like a "BOO!ddha".

Fried Chicken and Waffle at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

That towering Adonis is just cornmeal-breaded fried chicken on an organic corn waffle slathered in pink peppercorn syrup, chipotle hot sauce, and creme fraiche.

Crab Cake Benedict at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Like the one at conjoined sister shop French Meadow, Bluestem's menu primarly focuses on organic ingredients, and, while that can mean vegan/vegetarian, it also means an epic Crab Cake Benedict.

Grass Run Farms Steak Frites at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis.
Drew Wood

The literal meat of the menu is the Market Table section that's got stuff like the Grass Run Farms Steak Frites.

Microgreen flight at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

The microgreen flight is sourced from a farm owned by one of their bartenders. Other, uh, less vegan small plates include a Red & Green Bacon Egg Sandwich, Wild Acres Duck Confit Flatbread, and Poached Schultz Egg & Chicken Chorizo Hash.

SOB wines at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Their wines are largely SOBs, not because they think they're better than other wines, but because they're almost all Sustainable, Organic, & Biodynamic, which means they're made using zero chemicals and pesticides.

Beer list at Bluestem Bar & Table in Minneapolis
Drew Wood

Should you be an SOB not into SOBs, they're also pouring non-organic brews, ranging from Black Butte Porter to Furious -- giving you a great many options on which to blow your nest egg.