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“Great neighborhood place”
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Citizen Cafe
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Illinois
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood place”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were visiting a friend in Mnpls and were pondering where to go out for Friday night. He wanted to try Citizen again, so we went. Excellent food, variety of drink options and attentive service. Those are my criteria for a 5 star review.
I loved the silly names on the menu - Pork Candy for a char sui pork shoulder appetizer and Citizen Pig for a pork & ham schnitzel for few. I had the pork pot roast (notice a theme?), my friend had the steak & frites (the steak was the PERFECT medium rare) and my husband had the blue cheese meatloaf. All delicious, plates cleaned and unfortunately, no room for dessert. But we were able to hang out and enjoy the evening, we were not rushed at all. All in all, a lovely time at a new restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank cdc
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  • English first
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Great chef-inspired place. Everything is local, fresh and delisious. Menus change seasonally. Small and intimate space , with Crastman period decore...very simple and plain but inviting Always a dinner special featuring the freshest meats / seafood. Artisinal cheeses, ect.
Uncommonly good weekend breakfast ment!! Small neighbooh place you've probably passes by., as it look a little ' plain jane'... Rethink, and give it a try. You'll be glad you did.
Bar is very small - not a place you'd come to for just a drink...

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank TK-zmpls
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Minneapolis
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150 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Wow. What a find!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

You'll find it hard to believe because this place looks like a nothing local diner from the outside. But inside you'll find food to die for.

Last time, we were there for the Fri - Sun only breakfasts (lunch is also only Friday - Sunday). I had biscuits and sausage gravy. The gravy with a hint of cheese was out of this world. We've had dinner there too (closed Mondays) and these are equally good.

The place is small with maybe a dozen tables but the food is made from scratch, locally sourced with no msg, preservatives, etc. Most importantly, the food is magnificent and the menu is not what you expect at a diner.

Do not miss this really great eatery.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank kjff
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St. Paul, MN
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167 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Four strikes we're out”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We first ate at the Citizen Cafe a couple of years back. The place was crowded so we were willing to accept less than fantastic service, especially given that the food was fabulous and the atmosphere pleasant. We revisited a few months later with our kids. We stood in the foyer for 15 minutes without ever being acknowledged. We decided they were busy and tried somewhere else. Several months after that we returned with some friends. We were seated right away but again the rest of the service was sadly lacking. Tonight we gave it one last try. The place this time was nearly empty. We were seated immediately. It then took at least 5-10 minutes for the server to return for our drink order. At that time we placed and order for an appetizer and were told the specials. She returned with our drinks we placed our order. Our food came. Our appetizer never showed. My husband asked for ketchup. Our server asked if homemade ketchup was OK but likewise it never showed. All that being said the food is REALLY good. Is the terrible service worth it.....for us, not any more.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank patricia452
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Good Place”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is one of my favorite places for breakfast. The pulled pork and roasted vegetable hashes are particular favorites. Gravlax Benedict is a weekend brunch treat. Coffee is always good. Service is top drawer. Even better, the staff is delightfully tolerant of my aging groups idiosyncratic behavior. I've never been here for dinner, but would expect much the same experience. Very worthwhile.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank alleyraven
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