Red Cow now open near 50th and France: Here's a first look inside

Red Cow is ready for business
Red Cow is ready for business

The site was once a video rental store, but it's set to be neighborhood hangout at the Minneapolis edge of Edina. The new Red Cow restaurant has been beautifully redone with buttery cream-colored walls mixed with cherry-red booths and dark wood accents. The owner, Luke Shimp, knows a thing or three about the restaurant business.


Shimp was once part of the Blue Plate Restaurant company with his sister Stephanie Shimp and David Burley. The company owns and operates the nearby Edina Grill, the Lowry, and more. 

This is his first restaurant on his own, but it is pulled together with the confidence of a man who has been in the hospitality business for years. He brought in chef Evan Connolly, who has worked at Buster's on 28th, W. A. Frost, and the Happy Gnome.

Scotch eggs are all the rage
Scotch eggs are all the rage

The menu is packed with burgers and comforting dishes for grazing, such as different varieties of poutine, bahn mi, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more.

It's also got Scotch eggs, which are to 2013 what poutine was to 2012. The highly flavorful banger-style sausage is wrapped around hard-boiled eggs, fried, and served with a spiked mayonnaise.

Summit beer cheese sauce with slow-braised beef over French fries
Summit beer cheese sauce with slow-braised beef over French fries

The poutine we sampled was skin-on fries topped with slow-braised beef and a cheddar cheese sauce spiked with Summit beer.

Speaking of beer, hop lovers will find plenty to smile about with the list at Red Cow. The beer list is long and full of variety, as is the wine list. Wines are stored on tap, and glass prices range from familiar, affordable quaffs around the $6 mark up to one $20 glass of cabernet sauvignon.

Bison burger topped with goat cheese and figs
Bison burger topped with goat cheese and figs

The bison burger was well seasoned and served with creamy goat cheese and fig slivers. The veggie burger was the biggest hit: a spicy, curry-seasoned patty that was crispy on the outside and creamy and tender on the inside.

While Red Cow is near the hub of activity that is 50th and France, it's far enough removed that neighborhood parking and traffic will be managable. At night the parking options should be downright easy. Red Cow's next-door neighbor, Wuollet Bakery, shares its lot.

Red Cow
3624 W. 50th St.,Minneapolis
612.767.4611; Red Cow website
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight

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