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In the 1890s there was a saloon in the old Thies Hotel up on Marshall Avenue Northeast called the Sample Room, and as of 2002, there is a saloon of the same name in the same place again. Visit this 19th-century-feeling saloon to sample the restaurant's two slightly incongruous kitchen specialties: on the one hand, contemporary American haute dishes like roasted asparagus, and baked goat cheese; on the other hand, American diner classics done from scratchlike meatloaf. This cacophony of options makes for a perfect neighborhood saloon: Half the party can sup upon a platter of various roasted vegetables and artisanal cheeses paired with a glass of wine, while the other half can opt for a Grain Belt on tap and meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
The Sample Room is known for its impressive list of flights and tapas-sized plates ideal for sharing. And while it's highly recommended to indulge ...
The Sample Room 2124 NE Marshall St. Minneapolis 612.789.0333 How do you make ketchup from scratch? Overripe roma tomatoes, garlic, onions, cinnamon sticks, some secret stuff, stewing, melding, pureeing, straining--it's a hassle. Why... More »
Meatloaf is one of those childhood foods that warrants a second taste with an adult palate -- when it is prepared well, that is. The Sample Room, a bar and restaurant operating under the same name as the saloon opened originally in the location's Thies Hotel in 1893, has incorporated your grandma's favorite dish into its diverse rotation of charcuterie, cheese, meat, seafood, pasta, and veggie plates. The Sample Room is a marriage of all things Northeast, mixing blue-collar staples like... More »
The theme was date night. The atmosphere was perfect. The flights of wine were fun. The food was beyond delicious. I am a fussy eater. If it sounds grose; I haven't eaten it; or it is an animal I couldn't fathem eating; it must taste nasty to eat. WRONG! For the first time tonight, I ate three items that I have never eaten before or ever considered eating. First was the goat cheese. I tried it. It's not my favorite. It's on the sour side for me. It was still a first. Their brie was much more enjoyable for me. Second was the meat selection. There was a few items that I am not ready for, so I opted for something I knew I could crew to make a decision on if I like it or not. Do I get the Bison w/ mashed potatoes, the bbq pork ribs (i have difficulty eating meat from a bone), or the shrimp (i only like coconut battered shrimp)? The Bison meatloaf was already selected by my date. I guess I'm eating Bison for the first time. Out of my three choices, I went for the Bison w/ mashed potatoes. I figured if I hate the Bison, at least i have mashed potatoes. Lets just say the Bison was the most light/lean & delicious meat I have ever eaten. The meatloaf sauce was amazing! Seriously, I said to my date, next time, we skip the cheese and order double the Bison. The question is, will I like Bison outside of The Sample Room? If you are still reading this, you may be wondering what the third item I never eaten was? What i thought was brussle sprouts and carrotts ended up being brussle sprouts and squash. Squash mashed always looked nasty. Cut like carrotts and tasting a lot like cooked carrotts to me, they were delicious. No wonder my date thought I was weird when I ranted about cooked carrotts. We shared a laugh over my discovery. Overall, this small hidden gem in NE Mpls became a new found favorite of mine. I hope it does for you too. Plus, from my experience, the patrons are honest. I dropped a $100 bill on the floor to the men's room and a patron seen me do it and gate it to my date to give to me. That alone would have wrecked my evening, but instead made it that much better.
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