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Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Local - Minneapolis, MN


The deal: Sometimes you can't make it to a fish fry. While that's a tragedy, it doesn't mean you can't get your fish on. A good fish & chips is an acceptable substitute. The Local in downtown Minneapolis offers a fish & chips or walleye sandwich for $11.99.

The food: I opted for the fish & chips and got two nice-sized pieces of fish (sadly, not shaped like Ireland) and a heaping plate of fries. The fries were either tiny & crispy or big and full of an almost creamy potato texture. Both ways were simply delicious. The fish, however, was a disappointment. The batter was tasteless, even after squeezing a lemon on top. One piece of fish was nicely flakey, but the other piece was a bit mealy. I have no idea what kind of fish it was. I assume cod, but the menu didn't specify, so that's a little sketchy, right?

The flavor: The Local is a huge & busy Irish pub right on the Nicolet Mall. It's full of fun little nooks & crannies (include a "kissing room"). It'd be a fun place to get some fish and then settle in for a night of drinking. The beer menu includes a nice selection of English & Irish beers as well as classic hot toddies.

Second opinions:

Gayot
Thrifty Hipster
Yelp

2 comments:

Jamie said...

I never realized how much Ireland looks like a tasty piece of fish until I saw it depicted in the color of batter. The newspaper the fish is served on is super-cute, too bad the flavor doesn't live up to the Local's ambiance & presentation.

Lo said...

I've hung out at The Local a couple of times while in Minneapolis... great place to hang for beers, but I'd have to agree that the food leaves something to be desired. Too bad, really!