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Continued: Lake & Irving: At the intersection of young and hungry

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 16, 2014 - 1:14 PM

It’s not surprising to learn that the two siblings followed similar education paths. Both graduated from the University of St. Thomas (Chris majored in entrepreneurship, Andrew’s degree is in English) and then went on to train at different campuses of the Culinary Institute of America. While Chris immersed himself in high-end Hawaiian restaurants and resorts, Andrew, who manages the kitchen’s day-to-day operations, logged time at several California vineyards.

After ditching their original plan to land on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue (“We realized it was a little sleepy over there,” said Chris with a laugh), they zeroed in on an Uptown building, complete with a small but handy parking lot. Now they’re cooking to 1 a.m. daily.

Sure, their post-10 p.m. menu is an abbreviated one, but it’s still welcome in a city that stubbornly continues to hang on to its early-to-bed, early-to-rise Yankee DNA. The brothers just need to pump up that late-night-er with a few more of their small-plate items. How’s about that lox potato salad, hint-hint?

 

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  • Lake & Irving ⋆⋆1/2

    www.lakeandirving.com • 612-354-2453

    Location: 1513 W. Lake St., Mpls.

    Hours:11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

    Service: Earnest and attentive.

    Price ranges: A sincere emphasis on value, with a general $9-and-under pricing policy for small plates, $7.50-$12 for salads and sandwiches, $18-$22 for entrees. Three entrees are available in smaller-size portions, $11-$18.

    Recommended dishes: Lox potato salad, aranchine, walleye rillettes, short ribs, cheeseburger, pork sandwich, brunch chicken and waffles, brunch pork torta.

    Beverages: A handful of meticulously prepared classic cocktails (average price: $9). A dozen off-the-beaten-path craft beers and ciders (average price $5.50) on tap — plus awesome Frostop root beer — culled from the Midwest, Colorado and California. Six reds and six whites, all sold by the glass and bottle and moderately priced.

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