Although I’ve got many memories from college hanging at the 7 corners area of Minneapolis, given its close proximity, I rarely make it over to that part of town. When I heard about Republic, I knew I would be heading there soon – I’m a sucker for “fancy” bar food and a great beer list. (Don’t mind the fact that I rarely drink beer.) When we finally made it over there, we ran into Angharad from Eating for England. Fun!
It was a muggy, hot night when we visited, so unfortunately the patio wasn’t really an option (thanks Minnesota for going from 50 degrees to 95 in one week) and the inside was familiar as many of the same elements were left behind in the transition from Sgt Prestons to Republic. The food definitely got a make-over as did the beer list, but the reasonable prices stayed behind. The fish bowl drinks that Sgt Prestons was famous for are no longer on the menu.
We were there for happy hour so I stuck with the house wine ($3) and the Taster happily had his favorite local tap beers. We decided to order almost all of the happy hour food specials over the course of a few hours and started with guacamole and chips. It was just that, nothing special, but a good way to start out a hot Friday afternoon.
Our other “appetizer” was ricotta fritters with honey. We were quite truthfully, a little disappointed. These weren’t hot (not sure if that was on purpose?) and just didn’t have much flavor to them.
But that was when the meal turned around and we went from “meh” to “more!”
The fish tacos were delicious. Warm corn tortillas, seasoned fish, crisp cabbage and a bit of pico de gallo with fresh lime juice hit the spot.
The burger – you actually get to choose what kind you want from the normal menu – was a hard choice but we went with the red wine reduction and brie, which was served on a shiny brioche bun, complete with fresh greens on the side. For $5. Seriously.
We will definitely be back to Republic, if not for the burgers, there’s always beer. And that patio.
221 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
4pm to 1am Daily