Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0

Classic Meatloaf
Classic Meatloaf

Meatloaf just may be the ultimate comfort food. A longtime American dinner staple, this nostalgic dish has undergone many modern twists. But if you look for it, you can still find meatloaf served up the same way Grandma used to make it 50 years ago.

The best meatloaf in the Twin Cities is hard to pin down. Every restaurant has their own take on the classic cold-weather delight. So instead of one meatloaf winner, we snatched up our two favorites and called it a tie -- the more meatloaf the merrier.

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Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0

In Minneapolis, the Colossal Café's popular meatloaf sandwich is a great way to get your comfort food fix. The dish was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives earlier in 2010: two thick slices of meatloaf layered on fresh greens, topped with cranberry chutney -- all crammed into one of Colossal's homemade rolls -- for $9.

The Colossal caters to its share of regulars and the seating area isn't the most spacious so be prepared to make friends while you're dining. A patio is open during warmer months for more room. While they're known to be busy at all times of the day, the Colossal is quick at getting food out -- just make sure you order at the counter before you find your table or you might find yourself waiting a little too long. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0
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Our next meatloaf is a far cry from the simple Colossal Café sandwich. Spasso in Minnetonka cooks up a delicious $17 grilled meatloaf that's more on the fancy side than Grandma's meal you had growing up. Maybe it's the Madeira wine sauce and crispy-creamy onions that takes this dish a step up the sophistication ladder. But don't worry -- it's served with mashed potatoes, the perfect side to bring this plate down to earth.

Spasso has plenty of dining space to enjoy their American/Italian cuisine and a full bar. Regulars favor the happy hour, but lunch and dinner specials are served daily. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Minneapolis, MN 55407



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