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Best Happy Hour for Food Minneapolis 2014 - The Mill Northeast

The Mill Northeast

The Mill Northeast

1851 Central Ave. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

612.315.2340

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Those of us at City Pages enjoy tater tots at least as much as the next person, but sometimes you want to go beyond the fryer staples for your happy-hour snacks. That's when you should head to the Mill Northeast and order from the Mid Menu, which is available every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and also Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight. All the food items on it (except the oysters) cost $5 apiece, so order with abandon. The butternut squash bisque, with maple mascarpone and spiced pepitas, is a great way to start, or there's an arugula salad with apple and goat cheese. Beef or veggie sliders are topped with white cheddar, and there's a plate featuring a pork hot link from Butcher & the Boar, with cauliflower giardiniera and mustard crème fraîche. Mussels are bathed in a spicy tomato sauce, and there's a rotating selection of raw oysters on the half shell (for $2 each). You'll need something to wash that all down of course, so it's fortunate that there is always a featured craft cocktail for $6 (recently it was a delicious apple, ginger, and bourbon concoction), along with $4 taps and house wine and $3 tall boys. Oh, but you really do want something deep-fried? You're in luck there too: Alaskan cod pops with tartar sauce, or the Mill's elevated versions of French fries (with Pecorino Romano and béarnaise) and Faribault caveman cheese curds (made with cave-aged cheese and accompanied by a sweet house-made beet and beef ketchup) will hit the spot.

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