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The Bulldog Restaurant
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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2549 Lyndale Ave. S.
phone: (612) 872-8893
(Place added by: Chaz)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
The Bulldog is located in what used to be Mud Pie in the Lyn/Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. I've only been there at night, so obviously my perception that this place is dark and cozy may be a little bit off. In any case, the Bulldog has an impressive selection of beer on tap... on my last visit, I had Bell's Hopslam and Sierra Nevada Celebration ale and had to hold back on the Belgian offerings because I was driving. Like I said, the beer selection is great, aside from one glaring problem... there were loads of beers on tap, but at the time there was only ONE from Minnesota. No Surly, no Lake Superior, no Schell's... just Summit Extra Pale Ale. After that, the closest you get is Rush River, from Wisconsin. Service was great on our last visit and the waitress was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beers on tap. The food... yum. Burgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza rolls, chili... They food is a combination of simple offerings and more adventurous takes on traditional burgers and 'dogs. This definitely isn't haute cuisine, but it's quite good. Overall, this place is a lot of fun and the only real suggestion that I have is to add more local beers!
02-20-2007 07:03:06 |
More by bucko
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
A very nice corner bar atmosphere, smokeless (thanks to local legislature!). Service was fast, but not the most knowledgable. Food seemed to be standard bar fare, but with a better style. I had their Stilton Burger, which was Stilton cheese, garlic cloves, carmelized onions, and horseradish mustard on a russian rye bum. Sounds good, doesn't it? It was, good bar food. My girlfriend's food also looked good. Burgers were about $7-8.
The beer selection was pretty good, taps from Rush River Unforgiven, Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon, Urthel, Delirium Tremens, plus more micros, locals, and macros. Pretty good tap list, very affordable at $3 a pint when we went. Not a bad tap list, many good things to choose from, can't really complain there.
04-16-2006 13:11:54 |
More by TastyTaste
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
There's a certain friend of mine who will glare and growl if this establishment is mentioned in her presence. Why? Because she's more enlightened than any 99 people put together, and can't stand that a vegetarian restaurant, one of the oldest in our area, has been replaced by a bar. Well, I am truly sorry that veggie food is not as popular as beer (no, I'm not!), but this is no average bar, and I welcome it's existence.
My first visit occured last summer, after biking past and seeing a sign advertising Rush River Brewing Co., out of Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. Never heard of them, nor had anyone, so I had to go in and check it out. There is a connection between the 'dog and the brewery, even so much that the brewer used to tend bar there, and you can always find at least two of their beers on tap at a time.
Once in the door and at the bar, I scanned their 20 taps and was impressed with the smart selection. Based on my visit last night, I can safely assert there's is something for everyone. Hophead? Two Hearted or Bubblejack. Need a dark one? Murphy's Stout, Newcastle or Maredsous 8. In the mood for a wheat? Oberon, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. Something fruity? Bell's Cherry Ale or Leinie's Honeyweiss. European Lager? Spaten or Stella. Going for strength? Delirium tremens. Don't really like beer much? Mich Golden Draft, or PBR.
They rotate beers fairly often, on whim, or when new treats arrive. I found Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale here first, as well as Summit Amber, and they have rarer drafts on occasion, such as Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock. When Summit Oatmeal Stout was in session, they bravely put it in place of Guinness. Bottle selection is nothing to speak of, mainly the stuff they need to carry, but don't want to grant tap handle status to...macros, malternatives...
The atmosphere is amiable, convivial. Not enough seats around the bar, which is rather cramped, but there are plenty of tables and two patios, one under cover, and a few tables on the sidewalk. Me, I like sitting at the bar, where the TVs are never too loud, the barman (or woman) is friendly, laid back, (one afternoon I witnessed a 'tender mix "margarita shots" for himself and the cook...where was mine, I wanted to ask him) and fairly attentive...if occasionally on the scruffy side, but this is Uptown, where tattoos are mandatory and shampoo is an afterthought. The walls are cleanly and tastefully decorated, free of any BMC advertisements. Jukebox rocks, though I'm so out of that scene, I can't tell what's what anymore. I did enjoy hearing Johnny Cash followed by Morphine last night, where it was fairly boisterous for a Monday night. (My first evening visit, actually, previously only stopped by for lunch.)
As for food, nothing but typical bar stuff, burritos, sandwiches, burgers, pretzels, appetizers of the usual variety. But that's what fits this place. It's a regular bar, but classy all the way.
When I first encountered the 'dog, I wondered "why set up a saloon so close to the venerable old C.C. Club?" Having visited the place many times since, I can feel the difference, and understand the special niche. If this place were around when I lived in this neighborhood, it would have been my second home.
07-19-2005 19:46:41 |
More by feloniousmonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located right on Lyndale, not very far from where Herkimer is and only a few blocks from where Byrant Lake Bowl is. This may also be a new place for me to hang out before, or after, getting tattooed as it is close to Uptown Tattoo.
Pretty nice place, but a bit packed in to close with some table crowding. But I was here for a busy lunch so it was indeed crowded. Some exposed brick and older styled wood tables set the tone. Bar area seems big enough for what room they do have.
Service was still doing favorably well considering the crowd. Friendly and knowledgeable to the food menu, wine, and of course the beer. I had a simple burger and chips which was nothing to exciting, perhaps another visit I'll venture more into getting something veggie. Which they have an abundance of. But being in the uptown area, it didn't surprise me. Seems like nearly every place around here has the same things on the menu with perhaps different side choices and varied in price. Here, everything seemed to be priced fairly and you get a decent amount on your plate to satisfy your appetite. And my food was out quickly given that it was busy.
Beer selection is good, just under two dozen taps with Bell's, SN, Sam Adams, Summit, Leinies, and only a few macros. A few imports in there too. Then they also have about a dozen bottled choices, which again vary with Belgian, micros, and others. The thing about this place is the apparent quick change of about 3 to 5 tap lines every other week. And always putting on new stuff, and trying new stuff too. Seasonal changes mostly. So there's a good chance that there will probably be something new to choose from within each visit. This time there wasn't anything sticking out to much as far as what I could get else where, but the prices are right on for the area.
I'll visit here again, hopefully it won't be as busy and I'll try something else form the menu besides a burger.
And I'll second the idea that if Byrant Lake Bowl is too busy this would be the next place to check out if willing to walk 5 or 6 blocks.
04-05-2005 18:14:55 |
More by tavernjef
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Occupying the space vacated by longtime hippie-era Vegetarian bastion "The Mudpie," The Bulldog readily appeals to hipsters and beer lovers on a budget, with twenty draught lines, fifteen bottled brews and as many wines on offer. Prices are average for the area, and much more reasonable than those you'll find Downtown. While only open for a few months, they might just clean up with the concept: Vienna beef dogs and burgers alongside several easy-going vegetarian sandwiches. The food is freshly-prepared (first rate salsa and freshly cooked tortilla chips, even kettle-boiled potato chips!) and service is attentive and cheerful, which means that the bedraggled barflies from the nearby dives haven't brought `em down yet. Bullldog is kitty-corner from C.C. Club and mere blocks in either direction from the likes of Three Muses/Herkimer and Red Dragon/Mortimers. Crowd is on-par for the area (hoodie-donning twenty-somethings on their way to/from band practice alongside Activists, Yuppies and longtime neighborhood dwellers) and the Jukebox selection is a clone of the Triple Rock's, I swear. And I give 'em kudos for the atmosphere, stepped-up a bit from the comfy yet dim interior of the original space (they can change the lighting/mood ala the stylish track-lighting these days) - between the gleaming wood bar, stocked with martini glasses and all manner of liquor, the remodeled kitchen and menu, and the decent tap selection The Buldog will be an easy second bet when Bryant Lake Bowl looks too crowded.
01-12-2004 01:43:25 |
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