Edit ModuleShow Tags

DeRushaEats: Happy Hour at Louis


Published:

By Jason DeRusha

Did you know about Louis in St. Paul? The beautiful restaurant above Cossetta? It has one of the best happy hour bargains on the East side of the river—and certainly one of the most luxurious settings.

Well let me backtrack: if you don't know about Louis, a lot of other people sure do. I was chatting with Chef Jake Cossetta, who told me even with the bad weather and the rooftop patio closed, he's doing 400 dinners on Fridays and Saturday nights. That's three turns in the restaurant, which has the young chef quite happy.

My family wandered up there late on a Sunday afternoon, when the place was pretty empty, and we got the attentive service all to ourselves. Happy hour is seven days a week, from 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m.-close. Pretty sweet post-Wild or Xcel Energy Center concert.

You can get tap beer (domestic) for $3, and the house red/white for $4 (regularly $5 so not that great of a bargain—I'd just order a better glass of wine and pay for it). The cocktails are the real bargain: a $4 margarita, and a St. Paul strong manhattan or martini for $5.

Louis

The food is where it's at, though. A spiedini di mozzarella is an enormous, breaded hunk of mozzarella cheese, covered in a bright tomato, anchovy and lemon sauce—and it's just $5 (normally $9). The lovely carpaccio alla cipriani was thinly sliced raw beef topped with essentially a ceasar salad, for just $6 (down from $10). And the focaccia pugliese was topped with rapini, sausage and mozzarella—a giant pizza really—for just $4 (normally $7).

Seriously, those three items were like a complete meal for my wife, myself, and our two sons. For $15.

Jake's spent some time at Manny's in Minneapolis, where he learned a thing or two about efficiently operating a very busy kitchen, and this guy isn't just coasting on the family last name. Sunday at 4 p.m., he was in the kitchen, working.

It's a great win for you—next time you're in St. Paul looking for good food at a great price—head for the elevator by the new grocery store and bakery, and go visit Louis.

Louis
211 7th St. W. #3
St. Paul, MN
cossettas.com/louis

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Fine Spirits Classic Twin Cities 2018

Sip on cocktails prepared by top mixologists and enjoy gourmet fare at Minnesota Monthly's seventh annual Fine Spirits Classic at Orchestra Hall on July 26

Grilled Vegetable and Bratwurst Salad Recipe

Think “outside the bun” and enjoy summer’s favorite grilled brats in a fresh veggie salad for a low-carb alternative

The Twin Cities' Best Hot Dogs

The hottest of hot dogs, to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 18

3 Things to Eat This Week: July 11-15

Feast on a fat sandwich, a sweet treat, or something oozy and icy

8 Juicy Places in the Metro

Fresh squeezing and blending superfoods for a super life

Review: Centro Opens in Northeast

Tacos, frozen drinks, and spectacular sides in a unique Northeast space

Cherry and Chocolate Truffle Tart Recipe

Take advantage of the short but sweet cherry season with a luscious cherry and chocolate treat

Pizza Madness: Dulono's Pizza

As one of 32 pizza participants, Dulono’s Pizza battles it out in Minnesota Monthly's Pizza Madness Bracket Challenge

3 Things to Eat This Week: Cooling Off

It's officially summer. Cool down with ice cream, poke, or cold noodles.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags