We’re happy to add another Minneapolis, MN entry to our Restaurants list – The Sample Room with chef Geoff Hausmann at the helm (hat tip to contributor Tom Kuckhahn). Chef Hausmann partners with a number of local farms and operates a scratch kitchen. There are also ties to the local brewing tradition, including the convenience of being located a half mile from the old home of Grain Belt Brewery, which is now brewed by August Schell in New Ulm, MN.
The charcuterie selection alone is reason to go, featuring a number of iconic options such as liverwurst and headcheese, supplemented with house-made beer mustard and pickles. For the heartier appetite, a bison/beef/pork meatloaf with smoked ketchup could always be paired with the hand-cut fries. Just looking for a snack with a selection of craft brews? How about bacon fat popcorn? Seriously, how did I not think of this? Of course it is brought to another level given that they make their bacon in-house as well. Overall, The Sample Room is a welcome addition to our list of restaurants continuing the Great Lakes Cuisine tradition.