Date of Review
January 23, 2014
$20 and up
Our Total Bill:
Kid Friendliness: poor
Quick Service: No
Noise level: Moderate/High
|Renee's Side||Steve's Side|
So first the space really is stunning. We went on a thursday night at 7pm and by the time we left 9…yes we are old and it was a school night…it was packed. We came for the food, not the music, which was just setting up as we were leaving. I really enjoyed my meal, everything was good, not spectacular, but very good. If I were to go back, I think I might go back for the music, drink and atmosphere.
Icehouse is a jazz bar in a strange pocket on Eat Street (Nicollet Avenue). Icehouse is good, but I've been more impressed with the Asian options on Nicollet for their reasonable prices and unique flavors. Icehouse is basically a live jazz bar with decent food options, emphasis on jazz and bar. Whether that's intended or subliminal, that's definitely the vibe.
We opted for the three course prix fixe. It was different from your typical prix fixe because we had our choice of any small plate or snack plus entree plus dessert. So the price was much better than a la carte. I started with the shrimp, grits, and andouille. The grits were really tasty, and the green tomato was a nice accompaniment. But the shrimp and andouille were pretty basic, not really spicy and not all that interesting. The highlight of the Portuguese stew was the linguića, a smoke cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika, and the chicken. The flavorful meats blended well with the kale. The corona beans were huge, and mostly provided a statement visually. I was happy with the salty caramel macaroons. I also opted for the wine pairing, which was not expensive and pours were generous.
If you go, street parking is difficult in the area, and the area could benefit from a reasonably sized parking garage. They have valet parking, which we opted for even on a Thursday night in January. Service was timely and thoughtful, although we were part of the early crowd and service might be slower when there's music or during brunch.
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