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Lucky’s 13 Pub
1800 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 405-2213
http://www.luckys13pub.com/
A beautiful day greeted our ladies as they woke up this past memorial day, and they decided to celebrate the best way they knew how: by spending all day at Luke’s pool and eating until they couldn’t move. God bless America!
After a long day of swimming and laying by the pool our foodies were craving the good ole American classic ‘The Cheeseburger’ and the closest place to indulge these cravings was Lucky’s 13 Pub in Bloomington . With so many options it was difficult to choose but our diners finally decided on:

Luke- BREAKFAST BURGER

~ Ham, fried egg, bacon, & cheddar 10.99 with a side of cottage cheese (3 animals on one burger!)

The Breakfast Burger


Hannah- LAND & LAKE

~ Our burger topped with a walleye cake & hollandaise 12.99 (A cow with a fish on it!)

The Land & Lake Burger

and then there was Claire….
DINE-O-MITE
~ Grilled chicken, cashews, wild rice, dried cranberries 9.49
[Shameful…]
{Ummm, it was a huge salad, filled with meat and a delicious carb-filled pretzel roll…so lay off!}

DINE-O-MITE


The burgers were delicious and the fries were phenomenal and the popcorn served at the beginning or the meal was addicting. All in all, a perfect way to celebrate any day!

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Erte Restaurant
323 13th Avenue N.E.
Minneapolis Mn 55413
(612) 623-4211

January 18, 2010

The New Year found our girls off on yet another food adventure, and this time – not a diner, drive-in, or dive in site!  The first stop on the 2010 restaurant tour: Erte Restaurant. (YES! We picked a nicer restaurant!)

As many dear readers have come to know, our girls love food and love sharing food experiences with others.  So with the New Year comes new foodie friends! Jenn, a past guest and avid seafood lover joined along, as well as a gentleman fondly referred to as ‘Diner X’.

The girls converged at Claire’s crooked house, got dolled up (Thanks for doing our make-up Jenn!) and set off to meet Diner X at the restaurant. After a few miscalculated turns and extra stoplights [really, do you expect anything else with us?!] (Ok, this story has to be told the right way. There were 3 girls in the car who had 3 cell phones with all 3 opened to Google maps giving driving directions and we still get lost. How is that possible!?!?! For some reason we crossed over 94 and Claire and I thought that we had crossed over a river and then somehow we ended up on the other side of where we were supposed to be, it was just a huge mess!) [Geeze, Han…I…didn’t think…94 was a river…geeze…wha….okay, I did…] Hannah, Jenn, and Claire rolled into a nearly empty restaurant.  Moments later, seated snug in the corner, drinks and appetizers were ordered and the dinner began. [We know how to eat out – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, not a diner in site!]

Jenn got us all dolled up!

Yup, greatest park-job ever!

The Meal:

ERTE’ PLATTER – Chef selections of assorted artisanal cheese and meat, accompanied by fruits served with crusty bread. Great appetizer for sharing!     $13.95
Diner X:
There also were walnuts that were coated with Indian spices – extremely addictive.  The plate was a good amount for a table of four.
Hannah:
Well really how can you go wrong with a plate of cheese! The different types of cheeses were varied from tangy, to smooth and they went great when paired with the different little bites that they served with the cheeses! And the nuts were so wonderful, we could not quite put our fingers on the spices but they were truly fantastic!



BREAD PLATE –
with herbed butter, add a dish of assorted olives, marinated artichoke hearts and pepperoncini.     $5 w/extras $6
Jenn
: Bland by itself but LOVED it with the herbed butter! I had three slices of bread and butter before I even thought about tasting my drink and that was only because Claire asked about it.

Claire
: Agreed, the herbed butter was addictive!


HOUSE SALAD or SOUP –
Diner X:
Salad was a simple greens salad.  There was a little too much blue cheese dressing and it was heavy on the garlic but it was nice and chunky.

Jenn
: The Blue Cheese and Potato Soup was really good! It did dry my mouth out a bit, but the combination of the blue cheese and creamy potatoes was just right. Blended together perfectly!
Claire
: I went with the House Salad, having shied away from anything blue cheese…big mistake!  The sip I had of Han’s soup was enough to convert me to a believer.
Hannah: Holy Cow!! The blue cheese soup was absolutely fantastic! It was very creamy and there was a slight taste of blue cheese but there was no tang or overpowering taste. It was creamy yet not heavy and was a spectacular start to a wonderful dinner!



BRISKET –
Angus beef, baked for a day with garlic, mushrooms, onions & spices, cooled, sliced and roasted again ‘til it’s fork tender – served with honey bunny carrots and le smush potatoes … grandma’s proud of this one! $16.50
Jenn
: Definitely my favorite meal on the table.  Surprising because I’m usually not a huge fan of meaty dishes.  But it was really tender and the sauce they used for it was perfect.  Very, very delicious!



BOWSTRING WALLEYE –
Memories of “going up north” fishing for walleye on bowstring lake brings back this favorite family recipe of sunflower seed crusted walleye, sautéed & topped with a sweet corn relish and served with sour cream and chive mashers and our homemade tartar sauce … this big one didn’t get away!     $18.00
Diner X
: The walleye was nicely cooked, perfectly flakey and the sunflower seed crusting was not too heavy but it did have a strong fishy flavor so I wondered about how fresh it was.  Nice sweet corn relish on top and the homemade tartar sauce was a real treat. Basic mash potatoes with sour cream and chive blended in were nice and rich. Portions were generous.



CHICKEN   SALTIMBOCCA  – This is not a dance – it’s a breast of chicken folded with prosciutto, provolone & herbs – finished with Madeira butter sauce and a dollop of sour cream and chive mashers … now start dancing!     $17.50
Claire
: Winner with this dish! The Madeira butter sauce (a Madeira wine based sauce with celery, scallions, carrots, and beef stock) was delicious.  Once again, I contemplated how appropriate licking the plate clean would be…


MAPLE LEAF FARM DUCK BREASTS –
Two sautéed duck breasts in a plus sauce with sweet potato mashers.  These naturally fed ducks have, what else, but naturally enriched flavor! …Don’t “duck out” on this one!     $20.00
Hannah:
These were pretty delicious, however I think my favorite part of it was the sweet potatoes! I think my favorite thing on the table for dinner was the Brisket. It was absolutely delicious and it melted in your mouth.


FUNKY MONKEY BREAD PUDDING

Jenn
: I thought this was yummy.  It tasted like the chocolate chips in a banana chocolate chip muffin had melted everywhere.  The whipped topping was a little boring and disappointing, but everything tasted better when paired with the delicious vanilla ice cream (ordered separately).

Claire
: Remember what it’s like taking a fresh, hot loaf of chocolate banana bread right out of the oven?  You know how you always dug in before it had time to cool and the chocolate was all gooey and melty and creamy?  Yeah, it was like that.
Hannah:
So good! It was gooey and delicious and it was just fantastic! We stole some of Diner X’s vanilla ice cream and the combination of the warm pillows of banana and chocolate and the cool melty ice cream was absolute heaven!



Orange Infused Martini –
Absolute Mandarin mixed with Grand Marnier and a splash of orange juice served with an orange slice.
Jenn
: OK.  Won’t get it again.  Especially didn’t like the fact that it was so strong that you had to sip it, not drink it.  I’m not a sipping kind of girl.

Claire
: Make note with this one friends – one drink only or you’re crawling home!  Hello alcohol!


For some thoughts on the restaurant itself:
Diner X:
Darker decor.  Walls used tan and maroon colors with black accents.  Romantic with candles and Jazz music.  Server was very attentive and made sure we were not rushed.  Good service but it was a very quiet night.

Jenn:
Surprisingly quiet and non-echoey for such a cavernous area. I give it 4 out of 4 ears!
Claire:
As we were, at times, the only folks enjoying dinner it was nice to see the dining area in its full splendor.  The evening would have had a much different feel if other guests were about.
Hannah:
The restaurant was very lovely and I really enjoyed being the only patrons in there! It was like we rented the whole thing out to ourselves! I would highly recommend this for dining of all types! We sat next to a walled mirror which was pretty cool. There was also an upstairs which, if it is indeed open for dining, it would be so much fun to dine up there!

Hannah, Claire, Jenn, and "Diner X"


Hannah and Claire’s Tasty Tip: I-94 is NOT a river.

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