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.


(612) 338-6146
221 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
4pm to 1am Daily





18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Those prices are AMAZING! It’s a shame the ricotta fritters were just meh, but the idea sounds awesome! Were they just underseasoned?


    • Emily
      Jun 16, 2011 @ 9:05 am

      I know! I love happy hour! :)
      I’m not sure they were seasoned at all…maybe it was just a mistake.


  2. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I already wanted to check out Republic, but more so after your review! I don’t live over by campus, so unless I’m over there for class I hardly ever head that direction when I’m thinking “where to go to eat?” Will definitely make a point to get there!


    • Emily
      Jun 16, 2011 @ 9:06 am

      Yes, try it out! I need to come visit you at work as well. :)


  3. Mellissa
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I so rarely go to campus anymore but I need to try out Republic, it looks so fun and so much better than what was there!


  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    I’m so jealous that you have happy hour in MN! The laws in IL don’t allow for drink specials that have an end time (they argue that it encourages binge drinking…which is totally true). That burger looks awesome- red wine reduction and brie?? I might have to try to recreate that at home. :)


    • Emily
      Jun 16, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      What?! No happy hours? Has it always been that way or have I just never noticed? Happy hours are the best and I’m sad you don’t have them. :) Denver has the most/best hh’s I’ve ever seen so go there and get your fix. ;)


  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    All of that food looks delicious! I want that burger! :)


  6. Lisa @ Healthful Sense
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    Some of my favorites – beer, wine, chips, guacamole! Great prices too!


  7. Cait's Plate
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Wow – eating in NYC for those prices would get you a hot dog on the street! That place looks so yummy – I want all of that food right now.


  8. Emily @Cleanliness
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    It all looks like it was good! The prices aren’t too shabby either!


  9. kate
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    oh! our favorite bar tenders from salut are working at republic too. i must check out this place asap. on a side note, we heavily leaning toward a wedding venue solely because the same bar tender can work there as well. is that sad?!


    • Emily
      Jun 16, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

      Of course not! I’m so curious to hear where you are thinking!! :)


  10. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    I don’t think I ever visited Sgt. Prestons, but didn’t realize it was gone — I guess I don’t get over to Seven Corners much, either!


  11. Maris (In Good taste)
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

    Everything looks so delicious. I love outdoor patios in the nice weather.


  12. Katie@Real Food Katie's Way
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I’ve never had a fish taco! Isn’t that the strangest thing you’ve ever heard? I think I need to get on it! They sure look amazing…


  13. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    I’m so hungry for fish tacos! I’m sorry to hear the ricotta was disappointing the idea of it sounds amazing especially with the honey.


  14. Mercedes
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I just made tilapia fish tacos with homemade salsa last night! These look amazing!


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