Lake & Irving ⋆⋆1/2 • 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.