"Harry's Cafe in Lakeville MN"
Harry's Cafe in Lakeville MN. First off, the sign next to I-35 features a WW II plane crashed through the middle of the sign. Unique, to say the least. Ambiance is casual, friendly. Bar area is open and inviting. Soft music plays in the background and you can actually carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice and hear your dining companions. Food is locally sourced and organic where possible, scratch-made for just about everything. The gluten free menu is extensive and nearly as large as the regular menu. The beer-battered Angela french fries are the best I've had and all my other dining companions have raved about them too. The meatloaf is rich, deeply flavored, coarse texture with a nice crust on both sides of the generous slice. Well seasoned with many interesting flavors. A turkey potpie I had was as good as I've ever tasted. Veggies maintained their crunchiness and the dish stayed hot to the last bite. Crust was flaky and tender. Sauce wasn't too dense and the turkey was tender and flavorful. Five and six-cheese patty melts and grilled cheese sandwiches are intense and cheese is crusted on the outside of the bread slices. Amazingly, most entrees are less than $20 and the value is present big time. The menu can be described as eclectic, upscale bar food because they have the usual burgers, wraps, and sandwiches along with a nice variety of pastas, meat dishes, fish dishes and vegetarian choices. But Harry's also offers nachos, pot stickers (very tasty!), a spicy jerk chicken wrap, a walleye platter, and a spicy Szechuan stir fry. Haven't tried the desserts yet, but they look scrumptious. One salient feature is what I would call "Challenge Burgers." the B-52 is a two-pound patty loaded with toppings. The B-1 Bomber is a four pounds of meat. Eat the B-52 in 30 minutes and win a Harry's T-shirt. Eat the B-1Bomber in less than an hour and you get your name inscribed on Harry's wall of fame. Harry's has a modest but good wine list by the glass or bottle and a nice selection of bottled beers and tap beers, along with an imaginative drink menu. In addition, Harry the owner, takes an active role in the restaurant and actually stopped at our table several times during our first visit to chat, make sure food and service met our expectations, and solicited suggestions or comments. He's extremely personable and obviously loves running his restaurant. Even though it's isolated in a far south suburb, adjacent to a busy freeway, and across the road from an impersonal Walmart and megaplex movie theater, when you walk into Harry's you feel like you walked into your neighborhood cafe. http://www.eatatharrys.com/Home.cfm Love the show, Guy. Keep on promoting good food, local sourcing, regional cuisine, and dedicated chefs. Best wishes, Chris N.