by Jeremy Iggers | 7/27/09 • Is it an art gallery? Is it a Restaurant? This much is sure: the Hot Plate Diner at 52nd and Bloomington has the most impressive collection of paint-by-numbers art I have ever seen. At least five different images of Jesus, two of the Virgin Mary, and oodles of poodles, cocker spaniels and sad-eyed clowns. The buttermilk pancakes with caramelized pecans were just about perfect. There’s a lot more that I would like to try, especially on the lunch menu, when chicken pot pie, meatloaf and tater tot casserole are featured.
|Iggers Digest is the blog of Jeremy Iggers, the TC Media Alliance’s executive director. Jeremy is also the creator of TCFoodies, a local food networking site.|
Hot Plate Diner, 5204 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-4794.
Also worthy of note: the cheapest wine prices I have seen anywhere. The house wine is $3.50 a glass, and marked down to $2 for happy hour. Cheaper still are the Bandit varietals – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet, bottled (if that’s the right word) in one-liter Tetra Paks. They’re priced at $4 a glass, or $10 a bottle, which works out to just over $1.50 a glass. I haven’t tasted them, but somehow Tetra Pak Merlot sounds like the perfect pairing for tater tot casserole and paint by numbers poodles.
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