TheQuick: Coup D’Tat

This installment of the Quick takes us to a restaurant gently nestled in the bosom of one of my guilty pleasures, an area called Uptown Minneapolis.

(Warning: Tangent starting) If you fancy yourself a fan of history feel free to take a stroll along Lake Calhoun, which sits adjacent to the thriving uptown district. In a way this scenic path is the closest thing this area will ever come to having its very own, bold north micro freedom trail. Stare in awe as you discover that the lake’s namesake is hewed from a pro-slavery politician. Cheer as you approach Lake Harriet which while pleasing to the eyes, falls short when you realize it’s former name was the Dakota name “other lake”. Now named for Leavenworth’s other, I mean third wife Harriet Lovejoy. From here it doesn’t take a quantum leap to see they all flow to Fort Snelling somehow, whose namesake is from the dysentery ridden Colonel Snelling. It is in mentioning dysentery that I’m compelled to get back to the point, yes, the Coup D’Tat. (End tangent)

The district has long been my hideaway for everything from visiting a real science museum (The Bakken), to being able to catch obscure, and thought provoking films you can’t find anywhere else in the state. Films like Exit Through The Gift Shop, Beats, Rhymes, and Life, I Am Not Your Negro, and the timeless Wicker Man, not starring Nicholas Cage.  The district is also adorned with an array of eateries. A variety far from the reaches of typical hipster eating house with endless beer taps, and names like the melancholy muskrat or the high handed javalena. It’s the cornucopia of restaurants in the vicinity  here, which leaves me awestruck as to how this Coup D’Tat came to rest here in the first place.

The name carries the aroma of revolution but is far from anything of the sort. It’s got the well known layout of big wooden tables, and large open spaces you may have seen in the show Bar Rescue. A bar in the middle, and a one pager for a menu as not to overwhelm the casual diner. At first glance the thirteen dollar grilled cheese sammich, and fourteen dollar burger had me wanting to start my own revolution. However in looking past the prices I quickly realized this was nothing more than an Applebee’s clone. It carried nothing inspired or innovative, yet had that eating good in the neighborhood feel. Where Applebee’s may now represent the new haven for the aging, this coup is the new age of eateries wreaking of TGI, Apple, Outbacks, but without anything defining or special about it. I will say the food was good, but when compared to the other options in the district like Chino Latino, or Stella’s this revolutionary restaurant feels as successful as the uprising of 1862. Nevertheless don’t take my word for it, take a look at the good, the bad, the WTF, and make up your own damn mind.

The Good

  • It’s a nice location with walking distance to two local movie theaters, the library, and about ten other restaurants to include McDonald’s.
  • If you’re looking to impress people, or have your budget to hold it’s own coup d’tat against you, buy the 13 dollar grill cheese.
  • They have a Sunday brunch buffet.
  • If a fan of the Underworld films, the ambience and decor is for you.
  • They serve poutine.

The Bad

  • The burger is fourteen bucks and tastes just like what five bucks will get you at the Lions Tap. Hmm actually that’s a good thing.
  • You get to stare at McDonald’s as you dine.
  • Everybody has poutine now.
  • They put hummus in the grilled cheese.


  • They offer a twenty dollar Sunday brunch, however for three bucks more go to Famous Dave’s and get the added bonus of good live music.
  • They put hummus in the grilled cheese.
  • The bar has a diverse selection of brews only from Minnesota.



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