I really searched high and low for a good gastropub in Minneapolis. I wanted to find a pub that made its own beer and provided great pub food. Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub is a cozy pub with hardwood floors and sun pouring in its floor to ceiling windows. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The three of us started out right by ordering the 5-beer sampler; the best way to try out all of their well-crafted beers. I liked them all, but if I had to choose two of the best they would have to be the Honey Wheat (definitely NOT a “flavored” beer, which I detest) and the smooth Light Rail Pale Ale.
Since most of the stuff on the menu was smoked, I thought it best to order the smoked trout wrap with granny smith apples and mayo, but opted out of adding Havarti. I’ll have to give the food another try, but I’m always disappointed when it comes out in plastic baskets. The onion rings were great, but the french fries were greasy, so the side of garlic oil wasn’t going to make them any better. I hope the food improves. Otherwise, I’ll just come back for the excellent beer.
Total rating for the food: 3
Total rating for the beer: 5