Fun, Flavor and Historic Appeal -- 'Mattie's on Main' Restaurant Review
The name and ambience of the bar has to do with the history that surrounds the area. In the late 1800s, there was a brothel near the exact spot Mattie’s is located. The madam, Mattie St. Clair, was the owner. The decor resembles that era with a lot of red, black and white accents that signify a saloon. With the vintage chandeliers and patterned wallpaper, the scene is set for an 1800s bar. Another highlight of Mattie’s is the year-round patio that overlooks the Mississippi River and the Minneapolis skyline.
The food has a great twist to what Mattie’s is all about. Their menu includes appetizers, salads, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and other entrees. It sounds like a typical pub menu, but Mattie’s does it a little differently. Unique add-ons and sauces such as sriracha ranch with cheese curds or a stone ground dijonnaise with a chicken sandwich tweaks it to perfection.
There are also seasonal selections such as a pot roast plate that I am wanting to go back and try. Something else I want to try are the “Adult Milkshakes.” There are a variety and since Mattie’s opened, are a popular item to choose. Mattie’s also offers 16 different local drafts, signature cocktails, wine and “Gentlemen’s Choice” beverages named after the madams that worked for Mattie.
When I experienced Mattie’s on Main, I chose to go with the “The Southern Belle” which is basically a crispy chicken sandwich. I was very pleased with it. From the dijon to the savoriness of the chicken, I would go back for it again. I chose the rosemary fries as a side which I enjoyed as well. As a beverage, I chose “The Vixen” which is a dirty martini. It was paired with a single bleu cheese olive. Sometimes martinis can be made incorrectly and are difficult to stomach -- but mine was delicious. My dinner date chose the “Mattie’s Burger” which comes with the regular lettuce tomato and pickles. He added cheese with a side of rosemary fries and from the bite I had, it was really tasty.
To close, Mattie’s also offers different types of entertainment. Karaoke, drag brunch with “The Madams” and a “Craft Beer Bust” event that allows people to try all the local brews for $18 every Sunday from 2-6 p.m.
Just to name a few, Mattie’s offers an array of entertainment, has a great food and drink selection all while having a little history to support the bar’s name, Mattie’s is a great spot to try for a night out or a dinner date with friends.
Photos courtesy of: Mattie's on Main Facebook -- Kendra Ackerman