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I had dinner at Ike’s in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday night. Good conversation, good beer and a fantastic plate of garlic mashed potatoes and fish kabobs including white fish and shrimp. Very good indeed.

Ike'sWhile Ike’s just opened a scant five years ago, it feels like it’s been in town since forever. The bar is legendary, running what seems like 50 feet or more (from just inside the front door all the way back to the kitchen. The wood floor and black leather booths give diners the feeling that they’re back in the 40s or 50s.

The menu at Ike’s is just as unusual as the layout of the restaurant. Ike’s specialty includes a “small plate” menu that serves as appetizers or a regular meal depending if you’re willing to share or not.

My kabobs and potatoes had great flavor. My friend had Shrimp Lollipops from the small plate menu and they were equally tasty. The salads were fresh, the salad dressings tasted like mom’s – or at least something made just hours before. The service was fantastic.

At 6 p.m. the place was buzzing with activity, no doubt with diners catching a meal prior to walking to Target Center just two blocks away to see the Lakers hammer the Timberwolves.  But even through the din of the dinner rush, we could easily hear ourselves talk. It’s truly a great atmosphere.

I’ll be back.

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