Birdhouse is good and good for you

Stewart Woodman's new venture goes healthy but doesn't feel trendy or preachy

E. Katie Holm

Location Info



2516 Hennepin Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Category: Restaurant > Comfort Foods

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street


Menu items $7-$22

The space that is now Birdhouse used to be home to the quintessential Uptown date spot the Duplex, and when it closed in mid-December of last year, locals mourned the loss in a manner generally reserved for heads of state. In retrospect, this collective foodie blue period was warranted: The Duplex was a unique space with really solid food, unpretentious service, and inexpensive wine. Mauk and the Woodmans have rejuvenated the space while still preserving many of the architectural and atmospheric charms of the Duplex. It's a bright, airy, intimate bistro that feels somewhere between a very cool boardinghouse and a modern West Coast diner — a perfect place to get acquainted with some new ingredients without feeling trendy or preachy. In short, they're making very good food that you can feel good about eating. Just like its avian muse, Birdhouse seems poised to take flight.

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