Just four days after Edina's most iconic restaurant, the 38-year-old Pearson's, shut its doors, the 50th Street Cafe opened in its place. Needless to say, little about the vintage decor was changed. The booths are still wrapped in quilted vinyl, the tabletops laminated with Formica, and the wall behind the diner-style counter covered in glazed ceramic tile. The carpet looks better suited to a 1980s-era country club, and the orange ceiling panels and globe-shaped light bulbs might have been ripped from a 1970s rec room. The space did get smaller, and tends to fill quickly with the former Person's crowd, characterized largely by elderly folk. The new owner is restaurateur John McCarty, who also owns the Uptown Diner, and Louisiana Café, among other eateries, so 50th Street offers a similar menu of simple, classic breakfast and lunch dishes, such as biscuits and gravy and burgers, with hints of Cajun influence. The blackened walleye fillet with eggs, toast, and hash browns is the best breakfast, and it pairs well with a cup of fair trade, organic coffee. And while a few of the old Pearson's favorite items remain, including the Swedish meatballs, Reuben sandwich, and chicken potpie, there's one conspicuous omission: the (in)famous holiday lutefisk.
Lunch, No Alcohol, Reservations Not Necessary
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