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The Craftsman Restaurant & Bar

4300 E. Lake St. (43rd Ave. S.) Send to Phone
612-722-0175 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This is the neighborhood restaurant everyone wishes was right around the corner.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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The Craftsman Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review

: Named for the blocks and blocks of cozy bungalows that line the surrounding neighborhood, The Craftsman is really two places in one. First is its burger-and-beer identity, the burgers being two-fisted monsters (ground turkey slathered with chive aïoli, bacon-and-venison with melted blue cheese, or a standard, beefy version topped with aged white cheddar and harissa). Its accompanying beer list consists of small-batch Minnesota and Wisconsin brews. But it's also a dinner destination, with a menu that showcases local proteins---trout, elk, rabbit, grass-fed beef---without forgetting that vegetarians want something tempting from the surrounding larder as well. True to its namesake, the Arts and Crafts-style dining room is a lovely place to dine on creative dishes that espouse an organic, local and seasonal ethos. The best dessert is a rich, gutsy ginger-stout cake. Luckily, the kids’ menu actually pays attention to making basics like mac ‘n’ cheese or spaghetti taste so good that grown-ups will want to sneak a bite. Meanwhile, the sheltered patio is a sweet summertime getaway, especially when sipping a rhubarb martini, one of the most refreshing cocktails in town.


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