Café Maude brilliantly answers the question of what a better-than-casual but cheaper-than-formal restaurant might look like: It looks like an every-night party. More than that though, I think the reason for the crowds massed at the door has mostly to do with heart. Yes, I said heart.
“I asked a trio of great Twin Cities bartenders to share their best holiday cocktails. Like the season’s bright lights, these drinks are colorful and fun. But you’d better believe they also come with a kick.”
“Much of the appeal lies in Cafe Maudes’ accessible, eat-drink-and-encourage-merriment menu…That bar is a major selling point, its constantly-in-motion mixologists shaking up a long list of inventive, looky cocktails, including an admirable number of booze-free options. There’s an ambitious live jazz roster. Prices are right on the money, too.”
“Judging from the animated, casually dressed crowds of all ages that have packed the place since it opened in early June, the neighborhood has enthusiastically embraced first-time restaurateur Kevin Sheehy’s gathering spot concept comprising a small bar, a shoehorned configuration of comfortable tables and banquettes, and a corner set aside for nightly live performances or DJ music.”
“This south Minneapolis favorite features delicious and inventive cocktails, an assortment of small plates and a la carte entrées, and a warm and inviting ambience that lends itself to lively and comfortable meals with friends. ”