North 45º Restaurant and Bar
1313 Nicollet Mall
Phone: (612) 332-6000 (the Millennium Hotel)
Website: None yet, stay tuned
Status: Certified open
Last week, North 45º—the new restaurant in downtown's revamped Millennium Hotel—first claimed to be introducing molecular gastronomy to Minneapolis and then, after being corrected by multiple media outlets, took the claim back. Now it's opening day, but there's not a speck of molecular gastronomy to be seen on their menu, which leans heavily on standard pub fare: burgers, mac n' cheese, and beer battered fish. It's also got those hotel classics, the Cobb salad and the club sandwich. True, the erroneous press release promised that the catering menu would be introducing molecular gastronomy to the city, so maybe that menu is full of foams, powders, and all the other trappings. (Or maybe the dinner burger is, in fact, just a pile of foam?)
North 45º is open every day for breakfast (6:30 - 10:30 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. on), and dinner (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The bar is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
[Photo: Courtesy of Millennium Hotel]