March 4, 2020

The Debut Of Trax

Musicians dream of debuting their new hit single they just spent the last year writing and recording in the studio and hoping it lands on the Billboard Hot 100. Much like a musician, restaurants also want to land on a hot list and prove they have the dishes necessary to get patrons, not only through the front door, but to come back for more.

Restaurant Week just concluded in the Twin Cities and the list this past go-round wasn’t all that exciting or were places that have been visited already. One place did stand out with its connection to the all-new Fillmore that just opened up and that place is Trax Burgers & Bar. The Trax has a really cool design with old records scattered all throughout, nice long bar for those looking to pony up and a decent sized patio when mother nature shows us her enjoyable side. Both venues are owned by Live Nation, and while these music executives may have wanted to debut in the top 10, it needs a little refining.

The menu’s that get launched during Restaurant Week allow for guests to pick from; an app, main dish and sometimes even a dessert, all for one flat fee. For Trax, it was an app and a main dish. For this first visit, the following dishes were ordered; Brussel Sprouts and Scotch Eggs for starters and the Drunken Chicken Sandwich and Trax Burger as the main dishes. Let’s break it down.

If you’re a Brussel Sprout fan, you may want to order this side piece with your meal. Carolina mustard sauce, pomegranate, brown butter powder is used for this dish, don’t be surprised if you’re not completely excited that you did. You will certainly get plenty to share with the rest of the table, but they’re nothing all that special.
Scotch Eggs are awesome, or at least can be awesome when prepared correctly. The Scotch Eggs at Trax are brought out to the table with a gorgeous presentation – a soft boiled egg, house-made sausage, IPA whole grain mustard aioli, red Fresno chile, frisée and mustard vinaigrette create a pretty decent flavor, but the crust was far too overcooked. Careful if you have a delicate “grill”, because the crunch wasn’t a pleasant one.
The Trax Burger, a Brisket & short rib blend double patty with American cheese, little gem lettuce, tomato, red onion, IPA mustard aioli, Nueske’s bacon ketchup, bread & butter pickles sounded fantastic. Remove any of the items that you wish to and after the first couple of bites, it’s not a bad burger, but not something you’re going to crave. A side of house made BBQ chips accompanies this burger and they’re not half bad.
Last, but not least, the Drunk Chicken Sandwich. Crispy fried chicken breast, bourbon butter, coleslaw, bread & butter pickle chips and buffalo aioli. Decent flavor, but nothing like the expertise found in a Revival Chicken Sandwich. The crunch was good, the aioli is a must and the coleslaw isn’t really necessary. Like the burger, a side of BBQ chips for a side.
All-in-all, it’s an easy place to grab a meal if you have plans to catch a show at the Fillmore, but there are plenty of other options just blocks away, especially the burger masterpieces found at Parlour. Plenty of options on the menu and a return visit may just happen....

525 N, 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN55401



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