Another long holiday weekend, another trip to some place new. I went to Minneapolis for Labor Day Weekend. It was a gloomy rainy day, but the forecast at my destination was looking much better.
It was about a two and a half hour flight from Newark – welcome to Minnesota!
I made my way to the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Minneapolis. It was within walking distance to a number of places including Target Field. It was still too early to check in, so I dropped off my neon green luggage and headed out for a bite to eat.
It was Sunday and I heard great things about the brunch at Spoon and Stable . The restaurant created by Gavin Kaysen opened in the Fall of 2014 and serves a French-inspired menu with seasonal items of the Midwest.
The place was once a horse stable dating back to 1906. The open space is bright and rustic. I was able to get a spot at the bar and ended up chatting quite a bit with a local who gave me some great suggestions for the area.
The brunch menu had a few cocktails. I tried the Corpse Reviver made with Uncle Val’s botanical gin, lemon Cocchi Americano, and Xtabentun, an anise liqueur from Mexico.
I didn’t get a chance to try any of their pastries or cakes. They looked great!
If you’ve dined here, please let me know how those pastries and cakes were.
I started off with some Raw Oysters. Three pieces for $9, served with horseradish, hot sauce, and a red wine mignonette.
They were super fresh.
For my entree, I went with the Croque Madame. It’s made with housemade ham, Gruyere cheese, brioche, and topped with a sunny-side up egg.
All that cheese and the brioche bread made for a hearty creamy buttery combination.
It came with a side of crispy seasoned chips.
Yes it’s a pretty heavy dish, but it hit the spot. Nothing wrong with indulging during your travels!
I hung around a bit longer and ordered another cocktail. The Salty Dog contains Ketel One vodka, grapefruit cordial, lemon, and salt.
Brunch at Spoon and Stable did not disappoint. Service was good, food was satisfying, and the cocktails were great. I enjoyed the ambiance as well. It was a beautiful day and I had a baseball game to catch!
Spoon and Stable
211 N 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401