For a sad while, there was a corner of empty restaurants on Eat Street in Minneapolis, but one of the two large spaces has been filled, and filled might well, I have to say.
Eat Street Social is the offshoot of Northeast Social, and it adds a nice change of pace to global marketplace that marks this stretch of Nicollet Avenue. Eat Street Social offers a fun, somewhat more upscale atmosphere, a small but delightful set of menu options, and a full bar, complete with some creative drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Like this one:
The Social Fritz: a grapefruit-blueberry cordial with seltzer and lemon tree bitters. Tangy and refreshing.
A recent sandwich special was a shrimp po’ boy, but instead of fried, the shrimp were grilled and served on a fresh, chewy ciabatta roll with pickled cabbage and aioli. Yum.
My favorite, though, is Eat Street Social’s take on the Cuban: ham, pulled pork, onions, and pickled jalapenos. I was unsure about the role of the jalapenos, but they proved to be a unique replacement for the traditional mustard and pickles. Kind of a revisionist Cuban, but hey, if it works, why not?