Best Patio Minneapolis 2014 - Jax Cafe
There have never been more options for outdoor dining in the Twin Cities than we have right now: We've got rooftops here, courtyards there, and sidewalk tables everywhere. But sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and that applies to the beautiful enclosed patio behind Jax Cafe in northeast Minneapolis. Shaded by trees and an awning, the area is a leafy mini-paradise, with flowers, statues, and even an outdoor fireplace perfecting the ambience. On your way back there, take note of the large stained glass piece in the bar depicting a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the restaurant's general old-school elegance. Jax has been around since 1933, run by three generations of the same family, and the kitchen turns out high-quality time-honored dishes, most of which would be easily recognizable to your grandparents — think prime rib, lobster, Caesar salad, au gratin potatoes — all delicious, and all available to eat outdoors, weather permitting. But what really sets this patio apart is the little stream running throughout: It not only features a decorative water wheel and a lovely, soothing waterfall, it's actually stocked with trout, and customers can net their own fish and then have it expertly prepared for their dinner.