June 5, 2012

What's in your garage?

To answer the question, what's in your garage? Most people will say things like; a car, my boat, the lawn mower, tools and a bunch of junk you would probably like to throw away... At Joe's Garage in the Loring Park neighborhood, you'll find the exact opposite, even though the flower boxes are made from recycled pickup truck tool boxes surrounding the quite large roof top patio with a scenic view of the Basilica of St. Mary and the downtown skyline.

Founder, Joe Kaplan, is out to "recreate American food!" and it sounds like he's doing a great job at it. Take one look at his menu and you'll see all sorts of weird combinations of typical American food. Burgers with ingredient combinations not found on a burger, Entree's that can make your mouth water just reading about them, Pastas you haven't seen before and App choices like; blue cheese nachos, smoked liver pate, lamb meatballs... Lamb meatballs? Yes please!

My wife and I stopped by for the first time and ordered the mac n' cheese with aged cheddar, asiago & blue cheese with Mn. apple smoked bacon & sun dried tomato's along with the beef short ribs with garlic mashed and sauteed spinach (which my wife ate). Sound delicious to you so far? I saved the best for last and I can't wait to go back to try it.

How many places do you know in the Twin Cities serving up a mashed potato bar with all the fixings you would want to top your mashed potatoes with? One or two scoops to start, followed by a selection of veggies, sauces and finally meats. Sounds like the beginnings of a great meal that can be customized any way you'd like. Have you made your mind up about going to Joe's Garage yet? There's no custom hot rod, custom Harley or fansy cars and boats (well maybe at his personal garage), but you will find some great food.
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