VENUE DETAILS

North

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual

Serves:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Rating: No Star No Star No Star No Star

REVIEW

Minneapolis architect James Dayton has performed a life-saving frumpectomy on a former Holiday Inn. The sleek property now flies the Crowne Plaza flag, and North, the hotel’s contemporary restaurant and bar, is way more 8th-and-Nicollet than 494-and-100. Chef Luke Miller seems to be following the architect’s lead, doing a something-for-everyone menu with panache, using obviously fresh ingredients and putting welcome spins on familiar ideas. Lunch is a highlight, where Miller puts out pretty salads and a host of creative, well-dressed sandwiches ($8 to $12), as well as a decent pizza-soup-salad buffet ($9) that’s tailored to the office population surrounding the hotel. Dinner gets more ambitious. At dinner, order the sizzling jerk-rubbed shrimp, ravioli stuffed with earthy mushrooms and crispy, pork-filled egg rolls ($7 to $13). Entrees range from winners (delicate barramundi with buttery sauteed spinach) to definite losers (dry, gristly pork chops), with some falling somewhere in between (a hearty but drab Bolognese on overcooked spaghetti).

Where:

North
5401 Green Valley Dr.
Bloomington, MN
952-831-8000

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