The team behind Muddy Waters in Lyn-Lake has opened Dark Horse Bar & Eatery at 7th Street and Wacouta Ave., bolstering the already strong lineup of new restaurants to have taken root in Lowertown this year. Here’s the lowdown:
It feels like Lowertown: The former home of Twin Cities Magic & Costume has the exposed brick, wide windows, and high ceilings of your standard warehouse-chic space. But they’re offset by angled nooks and tall-backed booths—that is, the room feels both airy and intimate.
The menu is Muddy Waters-reminiscent: Truncated and direct, Dark Horse’s menus won’t overwhelm anyone. Two burgers, a Cuban, a couple salads, two pizzas, a few noodle and rice bowls, with a couple more straightforward entrees at dinner.The Singapore street noodles are earthy and comforting, thanks to a combo of squash and pork belly. The Devil In White is a chewy, thin crust pie full of smoked cream sauce and roasted garlic—the corona beans are a lovely compliment to the collards and red onions. Describing the Baozi as “steamed buns” is a little misleading since they eat more like dumplings, but are tasty nonetheless.
Beer and Whiskey: 40 taps and a comprehensive tour of bourbon and scotch.
Double the Happy: 3 pm – 5 pm, and 11 pm – 2 am, every day, all Deschutes and Summit pints are $3.50, plus brats and sliders on the cheap.
Dark Horse Bar & Eatery
250 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Hours: 10am – 2am, daily.