A sneak peek into the new downtown seafood stronghold, Smack Shack

Welcome to Smack Shack
Welcome to Smack Shack
Welcome to Smack Shack

Welcome to Smack Shack.

On a blizzardy Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending the opening ceremony for the new downtown Minneapolis seafood restaurant, Smack Shack. For some, that name might ring a bit of a bell as it’s the new brick-and-mortar version of the popular downtown food truck. The restaurant doesn’t officially open until this Friday (February 8th), but we were provided with a sneak peek of the long-anticipated North Loop addition.

I was immediately impressed with the overall size of the restaurant. Expecting it to be nothing more than a hot lunch spot or a quick, fast-casual-style dining location, the full-scale size of the restaurant was a nice surprise. The inside is adorned with classic brick mixed with modern motif. There are two full-scale bars; one at the front of the restaurant and a second round thrust-style bar that guards both the restaurant’s giant lobster tank and cauldron used for the restaurant’s signature boil.

The Front of House Bar

The front of house bar.

The Thrust Bar Gaurds Guests from Hungry Lobsters... or is it the other way around?

The thrust bar guards guests from hungry lobsters… or is it the other way around?

Smack Shack's Perma-boil

Smack Shack’s perma-boil.

They’ll be serving up dishes that you’ve been able to find on their truck or that they’ve had at the 1029 Bar, like the lobster mac & cheese and a variety of po boys (my favorite was actually the fried green tomato version). In addition to their regular staples, they also served up lobster guacamole and some delicious-looking lobster corn dogs. (Please note, due to a severe lobster allergy, I was unable to sample much of the food).

Beware; hungry lobsters and friendly staff!

Beware: hungry lobsters and friendly staff!

The Lobster Mac & Cheese

The Lobster Mac & Cheese.

The Lobster Guacamole

The Lobster Guacamole.

The Lobster Corndogs that I  actually considered dying to try

The Lobster Corndogs that I actually considered dying for in order to try.

All in all, I’m pretty excited for Smack Shack to officially open their doors despite the fact that a good portion of the menu is off limits to me, but their non-lobster based offerings were all delicious and I’m curious to see what the final version of the menu will look like. Don’t forget, this Friday February 8th, things get cracking down in the North Loop.

More at: www.smack-shack.com

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