337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541345.000977 -93.262683
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Sheridan
POOR SERVICE – Went there 3rd week of Feb, Friday, and waitress ignored me. She brought me 2 menus and never returned. After 15 min's I couldn't even get her attention by waving my arm, calling out to her , etc. Called manager to.table and told him I couldn't get my waitresses attention. He expressed absolutely no apology or concern and merely said. curtly. "what do you want?". I said, "Aren't you concerned or anything?" He.replied blankly "YesIamWhatDoYouWannt?" He later came to me and said, "The waitress thought you were waiting for someone else." She never did ask how many there would be.The manager ended up having to wait on me.
Great Food, Wine and Service – How could green beans and tofu be this good-yum! They were very tasty as an appetizer along with the risotto cakes.The Big Bowl and the Berkshire short ribs (not traditional) were very tasty with plenty of chewy bread to sop up the sauces - hmmm. The wine was reasonably priced and went well with the meal. It was a relaxing enjoyable evening. A definite place to revisit.
Mediocre Food; Poor Service – This place is supposed to be sourcing locally and paying attention to detail - then why serve orange juice concentrate? Oranges are always out of season in MN, but why not at least squeeze from a source you know?
We ordered two pots of hot tea. One came acceptably hot, the other wasn't even lukewarm. We asked for another pot and this one came lukewarm. What's so hard about serving hot water?
TERRIBLE SERVICE culminated by the waiter walking over to fill a glass of water, unsolicited, when we had already waited 10 minutes to get the bill. Another 10 minutes to process it and no thank you for coming or departure greeting when this place is so small, normally part of its charm, that everyone can see who's coming and going.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This charming restaurant has become a Northeast landmark. Thirteenth Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis is busting at the seams with new and cool coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries and wine bars. But one thing about it remains constant and true: The charming Modern Café--with its diamond tiles on the wall, big, bulbous booths, cozy, dark-wood tables and the constant rich scent of the restaurant’s famous pot roast in the air. Indeed, the Modern offers the humble, down-to-earth spirit of old-school Northeast as everything around it blooms anew. And while the Modern’s décor is 1940s-diner inspired, the food is anything but. Instead, the Modern Caf3 is a cozy spot where locals gather for hearty, epicurean meals, fine wine and friendly, neighborhood service.
Great place for great better than great home made food! – Loved the experience!! Quaint little shop but has amazing food!
I tried the beans (appetizer) and got an extra packed before I left. The server was absolutely wonderful (unfortunately I forgot her name) and helpful! She even gave me some bread that I loved. Great recommendation for wine too.
My friends tried the roast and the veggie ravioli. I tried the asparagus risotto. All food was wonderful.
I Wish They All Are This Good – This is a small and at times can be a rather crowded place. If you are particular about the food you eat, you have come to the right place. You will quickly realize that the food is well thought out and well prepared. The quality to price ratio is outstanding.
Now a few words about the wait staff. I have never found them lacking. They demonstrate excellent knowledge about the food and are very helpful about selections. Face it, when people are busy you may not be the center of the universe. My wife and I have been going to this restraunt for more than ten years. As she will attest, I am not a man that tolerates inconsiderate, rude or plan uncaring service. I am well pleased with the service at the Modern Cafe.
Very good, unique food in a great location. – After a long weekend in Minneapolis, we wanted to stop at Eva's Europol cafe on 13th. Called ahead of time, and it opened at 11 (on Sunday) arrived at the shop, sign said open at 11, however it was closed and no one in sight. We were going to go to erte, but the line out the door at the Modern peaked our interest, we waited a little bit and made our way inside. The place was packed, and smelled of delicious Midwestern breakfast. And to our surprise there was room at the bar. Snuggled into our seats, were immediately given water and our beverage order was taken. We had to ask for menus which wasn't a big deal, but I can imagine stuffy republicans wouldn't like that (as they like to be waited on hand and foot). We ordered our breakfast, my husband ordered two eggs, bacon and pancakes, and I had the sausage and biscuits. While we waited for our food, we chatted with the wait staff, were offered the Sunday paper to read, my husbands coffee was constantly refilled. Everyone was polite and friendly. And seemed to enjoy their job, but also enjoyed the slow times so they could just relax and chat with locals. Our food was up in about 30 minutes...First off, the eggs were the BEST I've ever had. They were fresh, and probably from free range birds. They were bright yellow and delicious. The bacon, again, was the best I'd ever had. The pancakes were good, definitly in the top 5. I was all excited for my sausage gravy and biscuits. However when it arrived, and the gravy was a brownish color (and not gray, like traditional sausage gravy) and I was excited. It was cutting edge breakfast. ANd it was delcious. It had bit of veggies, sausage, and bacon, and bacon fat (not my favorite, but gave it flavor) and the sauce was more of a chili taste, it had parmesan cheese in it also, and it was poured over two delicious hand made cheesey chive biscuits. SO GOOD. I couldn't even finish it. We made sure the waitstaff knew we were happy, full, and cafinated. In return we were treated well.
Breakfast All Day Long on the Weekends?? – I'd love to say that I loved this place but....well, we never got the chance: We Came. We Sat. We Left. Notice what's missing? Yeah, the 'We Ate' part...That's because, as we rudely learned this past Saturday, Modern Cafe serves ONLY breakfast *all day long* on Saturday and Sunday. Could we get lunch (it _was_ 1:30 pm afterall)? Nope. A plate of panckaes? Heck yes! But no lunch...very disappointing since no where on their pathetic website, or in their front window, or anywhere that I or my wife could see does it say "We only server breakfast all day long on the weekends". We drove from waaaay out in the 'burbs to try this place too. Would I go back? Well, yes I guess...but ony if I happen to be in the area.
They are right about the potroast. – Everything that people say about the potroast being the best in the Twin Cities is right. I even went in slightly cynical because the press is so good and has been for so long, surely this dish can't be THAT good. Simply put, it is.
Overall we had a pleasant night but be prepared for service that feels more like a greasy spoon breakfast joint versus a neighborhood bistro. Also, the hours are strange in that they were closing the doors on a Saturday night at 9:30 and we were the last ones out the door a little before ten. For a funky Minneapolis diner, these hours seem out of line with similar restaurants in this category.
(Amusing City Search issue: it won't let you us the word that rhymes with tot in a review so the space in potroast is eliminated to get through their filter.)
Hearty food, cozy atmosphere – This is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a nice place when you want to have a cozy meal, a glass of wine and good conversation. Sometimes you have to wait for a table, but it's worth the wait. The food is hearty and the atmosphere comfortable.
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