Sitting in the shadow of U.S. Bank stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Erik the Red boasts an enviable location for any bar or restaurant hoping to cash in on overflow game traffic. So, yes, it’s a Vikings bar. But their food -- a simple mashup of BBQ and Nordic favorites like smoked fish, dill creams, and lefse -- makes this more than a run-of-the-mill sports bar. This is damn good food, washed down with an ale from their sizable beer list (they also have a full bar) and enjoyed in the glow of a halo of televisions. Skol!
Bar Food, Barbecue, Scandinavian
Full Bar, Late Night