Sue Z.’s Eats: Brim, Dakota Jazz Club

What to eat: a burger with jazz and gluten-free bowls, picked by Sue Z.
A delicious spread at Brim, with the Golden Cauliflower Bowl in the front
A delicious spread at Brim, with the Golden Cauliflower Bowl in the front

Courtesy of Brim

The Dakota Jazz Club

If you dig music and food together, hit the mark for both at Lowell Pickett’s beloved Dakota Jazz Club, in downtown Minneapolis, seven days a week. Both local and national star musicians—like Nicholas David, Manhattan Transfer, Mick Sterling, and Davina and the Vagabonds—are up close and personal while you sip and taste delicious offerings from the bar and the kitchen. Executive chef Derik Moran and sous chefs Omar Orbe and Carlos Alvarado bake the breads and make super pomme frites with bearnaise that meld well with the house burger. And their pan-roasted gnocchi with cauliflower and crispy potatoes is amazing.

The 1919 Root Beer Float and the chocolate peanut butter truffle sea-salt brownie with peanut butter ice cream are both music to your taste buds, to match the divine sounds in your ears. Plus, if you took Uber or Lyft, or have a designated driver, you might add a little tawny or ruby port or Elle’s Irish Cream to sip during the encores. The extra attraction each night is the 3% health-and-wellness charge added to all guest checks to help offset the rising costs of health benefits.


How exciting to find this delightful, delicious, healthy spot called Brim, located in the condo building on the corner of Knox and Lake Streets (2919 Knox Ave. S.), where the food fills you to the brim and you feel so good. Chef /co-owner Kate Sidoti has combed the farm-to-table route and whips up an array of organic and always-gluten-free menu items to please one and all. Her signature bowls—including kimchi rice, chimichurri beef, and a fabulous vegan poke bowl—are just a few of the eat-it-all choices.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week (closed Monday), this well-designed, clean-lined cafe sources from the best gluten-free bakeries, like Sift; eggs from Larry Schultz farm; and beef from Thousand Hills Cattle Company, to name a few. There’s even a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., with wines, beers, and mimosas along with healthy snacks. Taste and enjoy to the Brim.

Sue Zelickson is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for at-risk families. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.

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