Before fresh, local, and sustainable foods became trendy, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar Downtown Minneapolis incorporated this concept into its DNA. Thirteen years later, the wood grilled restaurant is still a mainstay for all things local. From its chokecherry syrup to Red Lake walleye, Buddy’s craft soda, and so much more, FireLake prides itself as a true Minnesota restaurant. With executive Chef Jim Kyndberg leading the way, his emphasis on high quality ingredients guarantees a true farm-to-table concept.
Connected to the iconic Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown hotel, one may perceive the grill house as a vanilla “hotel restaurant” which is not the case at all. With its fresh ingredients and local flare, this prideful eatery is something all foodies should experience, and these top 5 entrees are a great place to start.
Rosemary Rotisserie Chicken
One of the best selling entrées on FireLake’s menu is the Rosemary Rotisserie Chicken. You’ll never have to worry about dry chicken here. Prepared with Minnesota raised chickens on the restaurant’s signature rotisserie grill; this timeless entrée is tender and flavorsome with a real wood grill taste. Enjoy the dish with in-seasoned veggies and natural jus.
Bourbon Glazed Duroc Pork Chop
The Bourbon Glazed Duroc Pork Chop has been a fan favorite since the inception of the restaurant. FireLake guests love the 13 hour apple-pecan smoked pork chop. From season to season, this delectable dish is paired with the chef’s choice of the freshest in-seasoned vegetables and the mouth-watering bacon marmalade. Many guests consider this pork chop the best they’ve ever had.
Ole’s Meatballs—Swedish Inspired
The best selling new item on the menu is the unique Ole’s Meatballs made with rabbit and foie gras. The name comes from references to Ole & Lena, mostly popular in the upper Midwest. The feedback on this dish has been incredible, with many requests for the recipe. The challenge in developing this recipe was incorporating the foie gras into the meatball mix without having the fat and flavor leach out during the cooking process. After many test batches, Chef Kyndberg finally developed the perfect method to protect the flavor and maintain a delicate texture in the meatball. Ole’s Meatballs is perfect for the adventurous foodie.
Spit Roasted Prime Rib
If you want a savory piece of steak, look no further than the Spit Roasted Prime Rib from Olivia all natural Minnesota beef. The prime rib is roasted in FireLake’s hickory wood rotisserie and is hand-carved to order. No matter what temperature you enjoy your steak; the prime rib is always oozing with flavor.
Red Lake Nation Minnesota Walleye
As a Minnesota restaurant, serving walleye, Minnesota’s state fish, is a must. Enjoy this light and flaky fish as a small plate, sandwich, an entrée or even for breakfast. The Red Lake Nation Minnesota walleye is sourced from an area about 4 hours north of the Twin Cities and is always delivered fresh. Whether you’re in the mood for walleye cakes, a walleye sandwich with hand cut frites, or even the immensely popular walleye hash in the morning, you won’t find tastier fresh water fish anywhere else.
Whether you dine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between, you’re guaranteed to get a nice dose of fresh, locally sustainable eats. FireLake’s top 5 entrees are a great starting point, and a full menu can be found here. Next time you find yourself downtown in Minneapolis, or at the Radisson Blu hotel, be sure to swing by for a bite.