Tangiers goes for the speakeasy vibe

The North Loop lounge is more about drinking than dining

If it succeeds, Tangiers may signal a new era and a new brand of gentrification in these parts. We might even see more downtown club culture creeping closer to the river's edge and bottle service taking precedence over a really well-crafted cocktail. In the meantime, go with a group for happy hour when the prices are aligned with the product, the spacious booths are open, and service is attentive and accommodating. Sink into a curvaceous couch and enjoy a Tangiers signature martini made with Grey Goose, St-Germain, and Prosecco. You'll get used to the VIP room treatment in no time.

Tangiers tackles small plates with limited success
Alma Guzman for City Pages
Tangiers tackles small plates with limited success

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beth
beth

did the writer really put "tangiers tackles small plates with limited sucess?" under a picture of their food!!!! wow ... lol sorry but that just is plain wrong i absolutely love their tacos so i highly doubt the writer on this ever went in..... city pages whats up?!!!! ..... i literally laughed when i read this entire article cause all i thought was uh-oh someone when in and felt like they didn't belong so they wrote a big bad article about this place.... makes me laugh...can we say biased????. i heart the tangiers- work at aria and this place  rocks- i would like to say sorry to the owners cause this article is just a joke..... 

beth
beth

 did the writer really put "tangiers tackles small plates with limited sucess?" under a picture of their food!!!! wow ... lol sorry but that just is plain wrong i absolutely love their tacos so i highly doubt the writer on this ever went in..... city pages whats up?!!!! ..... i literally laughed when i read this entire article cause all i thought was uh-oh someone when in and felt like they didn't belong so they wrote a big bad article about this place.... makes me laugh...can we say biased????. i heart the tangiers- work at aria and this place  rocks- i would like to say sorry to the owners cause this article is just a joke..... 

a.d.rheartcalhoun
a.d.rheartcalhoun

Come on really? lol.. this chick is totally biased....lol maybe she dated a bar tender there or something and wants to stick it to the place now.... i have been there a few times and the food was simple and good and the drinks were fine too... i am pretty sure they are not trying to re-create the wheel and are all about simple staple items as the bar tender  explained to me, not everywhere is trying to be the new craft cocktail place that takes 15 minutes for one drink to be made... i worked at uptown caffeteria and they have a signature drink list too but signature drinks doesnt mean craft cocktails its just unique drinks the manager or owner ads for a fun twist rather then just looking at the bar and deciding yourself.... i think this review is way over the top , you cant try to make something be a place it never claimed to be and then demean it for that...ohhhh writers you guys are a funny bunch....... 

abby1
abby1

Okay so i read a few articles about this place in the same publication long ago links being: http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2013/08/the_tangiers_announces_grand_opening_dates.php

and 

http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2012/05/tangiers_eatery_to_open_north_loop.php

saying they were a small plates place with american fusion deff not saying Moroccan food and also mentioning the name is from casino.... so not sure if the city pages writers go rogue and don't have any contact with other articles but they should probably communicate ...look unprofessional i write for urb magazine and sorry but you have to tie in your article or it looks amateur hour.... come on city pages i know your better then this... or i hope your writers do their homework....gulp..... 

Thadr
Thadr

I just moved here from san fran 2 weeks ago and i love this place personally and i have not had a bad experience been there 4 times in 2 weeks. im surprised to see mpls people being from city centric publications being so judgmental i guess that  is that mn nice thing i have been hearing about!  for as many people as i met here who have a  live and let live mentality there is a big group still is a group who.... i hate to say it is threatened or uncomfortable by places that are not their scene and instead of just not going they have to run their mouths.... in cali you just live and let live but here people get all worked up and seem to have some weid vendetta...sad...come on minneapolis i know your bigger then that mentality dont act small town!!!! 

mplsproud
mplsproud

Interesting review. Although I try to stay away for the comments section I felt the need to share some insight about the establishment that was left out of this lackluster and somewhat scathing review. I understand the it is Emily Weiss's profession that puts her in a position of sharing her personal opinion, which is a guise of professionalism due to the misdirected anger, and misinterpretation of the Tangiers.That to me is just plain wrong.  As a repeat customer and returning customer I have been wowed more times then one with the level of service, unique drink offering and flavorful food offerings. Not Moroccan enough for you? Did the Tangier's ever mention their food offerings would be, or did they state they would offer "mouth watering array of items including exotic flat breads, salads and charcuterie plates". I believe the City Pages to be a great information source for our city's community, but unfortunately this write up feels more like someone had a deadline meet, and less about informing our public about a new great, and upcoming establishment.

jenr37
jenr37

I work next door and  i am pretty sure they set out to create a unique speakeasy as mentioned with food but i don't think they are necessarily trying to compete with "foodie" restaurant people by any means and i actually dont think its a moroccan place either, they are listed as american food in their advertisments more or less, I don't the their name is supposed to be anything that represents the food, personally i had a really fun time there last wed for happy hour and i like that a new lounge with simple food is in town i think its exciting its been a while, so im a supporter and not everywhere has to be a $100 date night foodie place either, there are room for a lot of different type of places for socializing , also if you go try the pork belly tacos they were super good. 

MplsSouthSide
MplsSouthSide

I like the review, it is honest, detailed and forthcoming, and I will definitely try this restaurant as a result, I don't find "reviews" that must only praise everything and anything very helpful at all.  Also, the fact that they don't open on Saturday night until 7:00 p.m. seems to jive with the reviews point.

trahshechique
trahshechique

I can understand if someone else's menu doesn't satisfy your palate. Your tastes are your tastes. I don't know why you decided to be negative towards their ideas...on a high profile website. This potentially hurts the success of the new place.

"Unfortunately, the team at Tangiers does not pull off the menu with such success."

Extremely rude. A low-blow to someone's dream, Emily. I hope you write your next 'review' with more compassion.

trahshechique
trahshechique

@Thadr Welcome to Minnesota. A California native here as well! Don't worry! If you're hanging around Tangiers and places similar, you'll find awesome people. :) 

a.d.rheartcalhoun
a.d.rheartcalhoun

@MplsSouthSide why does it matter they don't open till 7 on sat?lol.. sat people don't do happy hour so maybe they just cater to dinner and late night crowd? lol....im so amused by how much people care about these silly details ...i just moved here from chicago and i literally am amused how much minneapolis get up in other peoples businesses and have these funny judgments, this place in chicago would kill it and people would be absolutely flocking here not scrutinizing it over mundane details like when they open on a saturday hehehe.... i love mn people so funny what gets their undies in a bunch! ;).... 

jenr37
jenr37

@trahshechique i agree! i like that place and they never said they were moraccan theme lol ..... people are funny they just assume stuff 

trahshechique
trahshechique

@jenr37 @trahshechique I guess Tangier is a city in Morocco. I had to Wiki it. Regardless, I didn't see this idea/vibe promoted throughout the restaurant when I was there. Just food, fun, music and gathering. I have no affiliation with the owners or anyone who works there. But I was offended to hear this negativity against an attempt to make our city better and more exciting. If we all haven't noticed, Downtown has become somewhat of a ghost town in comparison to recent years.

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