Review: Ike’s Food & Cocktails

By Coco Mault

Sidling up to the bar at Ike’s Food and Cocktails is nothing short of an event. It’s like the red carpet of bars. Hanging baskets overflow with fresh fruit waiting to be squeezed into fresh cocktails. There are tall cylindrical glass vases packed tightly with colorful little candy suckers sitting atop the bar; Ike’s is good at presenting little bits of novelty within their overall classic theme. The lighting is low and the jewel-toned palette of the entire restaurant is reminiscent of a classic steak house. Picture it: if Don Draper were wandering about in Minneapolis in one of his funks and looking for a place to perk up, the menu at Ike’s would do the trick.

Classic cocktails dominate the drink menu — particularly old-style alcoholic dessert drinks such as the Grasshopper and Brandy Alexander. Their Brandy Alexander is served without fanfare — no hazelnuts or garnishes of any kind. But that’s okay. That way there is more room in the glass for this ice-cold cream, brandy, and creme de cacao concoction. This drink can vary quite a bit from place to place, mostly in consistency. Some may be used to a brandy Alexander that resembles an ice-cream shake served in a brandy snifter. Ike’s serves there’s in a martini glass and flows more like thick chocolate milk. They mix theirs strong too, but it is certainly delicious.

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(credit: Coco Mault)

Ike’s is also known for their Weekender Bloody Mary. During brunch, their bloodys are a drink and a buffet all in one. If their ice cream drinks are lacking in garnish, they certainly make up for it here. Not only do they include the usual fare — pickle, pickled green bean, and celery — the glass for the Ike’s bloody mary must also accommodate green and black olives, a beef stick, shrimp, a cube of cheddar cheese, lime, and pepperoncini. Ordering this cocktail outside of weekend brunch presents less garnish, but it will still hit the spicy spot. Ike’s rims a tall glass with salt and spices, and fills it with a spicy mix and vodka, possibly pepper-infused vodka. Topping it off are all the green garnishes: lime, olive, pepperoncini, and pickled green bean.

There’s plenty to eat at Ike’s, and visitors may find themselves asking for just another minute the first few times the waiter comes around. The Ike’s burger won’t disappoint. It comes with a side of slaw and fries. The presentation is wonderful, too. The plate will arrive with the fries and slaw exposed, but the burger will be wrapped in paper like a delicious little gift. And instead of a bow, there is a gold seal noting the beef is Angus Approved, and a little plastic cow is skewered into the top of the burger. For anyone who likes a loaded burger, Ike’s packs plenty between the bun, including onions, lettuce, and tomato.

When the check arrives, a yummy little surprise comes along with it. No — not candy or a mint, but warm little chocolate chip cookies. Just when you might be feeling full to capacity, there’s always room for a little cookie. And that’s just one of many reasons why the place’s slogan is “I like Ike’s.”

Ike’s Food & Cocktails
50 S. 6th St
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 746-4537
Hours: Weekdays, Breakfast 7 am–10 am; Lunch 11 am–3 pm; Dinner 4 pm–close; Sat–Sun, Brunch 10 am–2 pm; Dinner 4 pm-close
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  • Jon

    Notice how there’s no mention of Ike’s other food. Overpriced and Average would have been the description. If you want a 15 dollar hamburger and a drink, eat at Ike’s.

    • B in MPLS

      I’m not sure where you eat, but $15 for a hamburger at an upscale downtown restaurant is pretty on-par. Their burgers are very good IMO and well worth the money. The only way to get a cheaper burger is to go to a pub or a restaurant a little farther out fo the downtown core.

  • Miss K

    Loved to use the coupons here…. The MSP airport location offers something better than fast food.

  • B in MPLS

    Hey Coco. What is “sidling” up to the bar? I don’t know how to “sidle.” Is that supposed to be slide? Or saddle?

  • Hester

    Hey B in Mpls. “Sidle” is a perfectly legit verb. Look it up and I think you will find you do, in fact, know how to sidle. In fact, “sidling up to a bar” is about the most common usage I can think of for the word.

    I disagree with the notion food at Ike’s is “Average.” It’s not cheap, but definitely above average and worth the money. Their turkey burger is fantastic and pot pies are true comfort food.

  • Bunny Ultramod


    Sidle up to a bar:

    There is such a thing as Google, although it does ruin a perfectly good gotcha moment when you find out you’re the one in the wrong.

  • Me

    Never been in Ike’s. Hubby and I have looked at the posted menu and kept walking. We like Lyon’s Pub and the Irish places.

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