Would we go back:
815 East Hennepin Ave
• Walleye Po Boy $13
I liked Eli's East. I also like Eli's downtown, but that is a separate review and I actually like Eli's East better.
My walleye po boy was really, really good. Now was the piece of fish as good as one might get from Anchor fish and chips no, but put in the sandwich and with the toppings I really, really liked it. I ordered the french fries with it, and they were good enough fries, but not something I would go back for, the walleye po boy maybe.
They do not have a kids menu which I guess they are not really trying to be a kid friendly place and I understand that, but being so close to NE they should consider it. As it was we ordered off the menu and the boys really liked what they got, but it would have been great to have a bit of cheaper option for the kids who will eat much less.
• Black and Blue Burger $11
I liked Eli's East as a good neighborhood restaurant, but its reach is limited. I had the Black & Blue Burger, which is described as spiced with smoked paprika, caramelized onions and Black River blue cheese. The burger was cooked perfectly to medium rare, juicy, and full of flavor. The combination of caramelized onions and blue cheese did not disappoint, either. I paid the $1extra for French fries, which were okay, but I probably would have been happier, healthier, and $1 richer with the fruit side. The beer and cider options on tap were unique. The service was very good. The space itself is very well appointed with plenty of dark wood (i.e., not a sports bar) and an inviting patio. Parking in the lot and on the street is plentiful. Overall, a good, basic place that I enjoyed, but nothing so unique that it's worth driving across town for.
Bar and Grill
September 15, 2012