Some Minneapolis Eats {Hell’s Kitchen + Surly Brewing}


I’m not inherently good at naming my restaurant review posts when I eat at more than one restaurant, I’ll be honest. It’s so much easier to name them when it’s one restaurant, you know? But, at the same time, I only ate a couple of things at both establishments, so it seemed a bit excessive to give each meal it’s own, individual post.

Actually, I wasn’t super worried about posting about this trip at all. We went so many places around town during this trip to celebrate my sister’s bachelorette party. The entire weekend was truly a blast, and the food was a small part of that.

But then, after scrolling through my iPhone a bit this week, I remembered just how tasty both of these small meals were. How could I not share? What kind of foodie would I be? So, here we are!

Brunch at Hell’s Kitchen

I’d visited Hell’s Kitchen before — twice, actually. One visit was just drinks, and one visit was dinner. The time I went for dinner, I had the Bison Burger and a oh-so-tasty Manhattan. In fact, that trip to Hell’s Kitchen was what turned me onto Manhattans. I never looked back.

Our first morning in Minneapolis, we ended up at Hell’s Kitchen for brunch. I had kind of forgotten about it, to be honest with you, but when we stumbled on it, the memory of hearing about how good the brunch there was came back. I was sold!

An old favorite of mine, I found Huevos Rancheros on the menu. I had been thinking of trying something new, but the waiter recommended it. And who was I to say no?


For those of you who don’t know, Huevos Racheros typically consist of eggs, beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. The version at Hell’s Kitchen had a crisp flour tortilla layered with buttery hashbrowns, spicy black beans, soft-scrambled eggs and a 3-cheese topping baked to a golden brown and topped with hand-chopped salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Mmmhmm! This rendition was a little spicier than the usual, but really, really tasty. The ingredients tasted super-fresh, with just the right amount of grease.

Then, I treated myself to one of their Bloody Marys. I love a good Bloody Mary, so I really enjoy trying them anywhere I go. This was tasty, and not too complex, but had just the right amount of flavor. I approved.


I would have really, really approved, however, if I would have gone to their “Jacked Up Bloody Mary Bar”. It took all my self-control not to go all-in and build one, but I was trying to watch my budget, and figured if I liked the plain Bloody Mary, I could come back to do the full bar some other time.

Sigh. Until next time, my dear. 

Lunch at Surly Brewing Company

The same day (later … it was a weird eating day) we had lunch at Surly Brewing. I was pretty excited to try out Surly, having had purchased their bottled beer down in Iowa several times before. I started my visit with the Coffee Bender while we waited for a table. It was good, but still not quite my favorite over Madhouse Brewing’s Coffee Stout.


Anyway, we checked out the beer hall while waiting for our table, and let me tell you — it’s really nice! There’s a ton of space. The interior is set up with tons of tables and benches, in front of a long bar, and the outside has extensive seating at picnic tables. The design of the whole grounds was really thought out nicely. But it was a good thing there was so much space, because, it was FULL. Almost uncomfortably so. Oh, big cities.

Once we were called, we headed to our table to order dinner. The menu, to be honest, was kind of all over the place. The options were pretty varied (enchiladas? charcuterie? wedge salads?), and I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, but I finally decided to keep it simple with a burger.


The burger, when it came, shocked me with it’s size, but it was supremely tasty. The fries had a really nice spice to them, too. A great meal overall, and big enough, I couldn’t even finish it. I ended my meal with a classic Surly beer — the “Furious”. I’ve had it before, but fresh from the brewery? Can’t beat it.


Until next time, Minneapolis!

What are your favorite restaurants in Minneapolis?


  1. Yum! I sent a friend to Hell’s Kitchen the other night as its always super good. I haven’t made it to surly yet because it is ALWAYS full. And I hate crowds. I did enjoy their beers at my hometown’s brew fest, which was even better!
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