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Article by Bob McClain
(www.wordsmithbob.com)
10-27-08

Hellís Kitchen


The Perfect Restaurant for the Tragically Hip

Itís been three long years since my last story on Hellís Kitchen. No biggie you might think. A nip and a tuck at the menu and allís well, right? NO! How about moving to a new space three times the size, with two bars, plus a dining room with a fireplace, a take-out and delivery service, twice as many menus because they now serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and a chandelier dripping with sharp, evil-looking kitchen knives?

And did I mention one of the new bars is named The Far Side Pub because itís decorated with Far Side cartoons from Gary Larson? Okay, so the theme of the cartoons is a bit predictable.

As I mentioned in my previous Hellís Kitchen story, Mitch Omer and his business partner, Steve Meyer, have been chefs for over thirty years. They recently opened a full-service Hellís Kitchen in Duluth that was such a success, they decided to follow the same theme in the new local Hellís Kitchen restaurant.

I interviewed Mitchís wife, Cynthia Gerdes for this story. Sheís the marketing whiz behind the success of Hellís Kitchen. And Steve and Mitch are the culinary wizards that keep people coming back.

For a little more about the new restaurant layout, they now have two dining rooms, each served by one of the two full bars. One is very casual, much like the original restaurant. The other is more formal, with a fireplace and a quiet atmosphere. This room was almost left identical to how it looked when this was Rossiís Blue Star Room.

Hellís Kitchen is still all about quality and value for the money. While there isnít enough room in this article to cover all four of the new menus, expect the food to follow the same quirky, high quality line-up weíve come to expect from Steve and Mitch. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am Ďtill 3pm. Prices can range anywhere from $3 for a Caramel-Pecan roll up to $29 for a char-broiled 14oz Ribeye with breakfast fixins. The breakfast menu and prices are pretty similar.

Lunch prices run between $10 to $15 for entrees such as Bison Burgers, the Ultimate BLT, or the Rueben. And they have a Rugrats menu at any time of day. The Dinner menu is really a combination of the breakfast and lunch menus with steak, seafood and pasta thrown into the mix in case you werenít confused enough by all the possibilities. ďDinner onlyĒ items can be anywhere from $8.95 for the Mac & Cheese to $56 for a Slow Roasted 24oz. Prime Rib.

Hellís Kitchen offers Grab & Go and Hell On Wheels delivery during lunch hours. Great for the Tragically Corporate. They are located at 80 South 9th St. in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Phone: 612-332-4700. Hours - Breakfast M-F 6:30am to 11:00am, Lunch: M-F 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Sun - Thur 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Fri & Sat 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

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