507 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Mon-Fri 7:00am – 2:00 am
Sat 8:00 am – 2:00 am
I’m not from area but from first impressions the North Loop/Warehouse District of Minneapolis was the blue-collar part of town before all the hipster and yuppies moved in. It’s an up and coming area with old warehouses converted into fancy loft apartments and a Whole Foods being built nearby (it’ll probably done when I post this). If you look carefully you can still see relics from the old blue-collar days, eg. the strip club and Cuzzy’s Bar and Grill (the building at least).
From the outside you really can miss Cuzzy’s. It’s covered in dark green and red paint with a stone facade up front…pretty divey looking. The inside is pretty much what you would expect from a dive bar, plenty of fluorescence and halogen lights that give it that nighttime establishment glow. As for the decor, I’m not sure if the Federal government will be so happy about all the defaced currency stapled to the walls and ceilings of this place. But I guess it gives it character. Definitely not my usual hangout spot but what will keep me coming here is the food and friendly service.
I ordered the house chicken sandwich for $10.99 and upgraded to the tater tots for an extra dollar. The food did take a little longer then I expected but not a huge deal especially with a decent beer selection on tap (I had the Fulton Pale Ale). Once I did get my food I was a little confused on how to eat the damn thing; the sandwich was fricking massive and was covered in tots. Again, not really a big problem but it just threw me off by how much food they gave you especially the huge piece of chicken that could not be contained by the little bun that it came with. The sandwich had some type of tartar/thousand island sauce slathered on top of the chicken…kind of like the sauce in McDonald’s Big Mac but only way better. Finally, instead of the usual lettuce veggie topping, this place put in micro greens. Yes, micro greens. I don’t know of many dive bars that take their food so seriously and use micro green instead of lettuce but I love it.
Overall, I would definitely be back. It’s a cool little hole-in-the-wall that has amazing food on the cheap. But even if you’re not eating here you can just kick back and enjoy a pint and count the amount of money on the walls.