Brit’s Pub is one of my go-to downtown restaurants for a casual meal. It has a comprehensive menu of English pub classics, along with some unorthodox offerings like mac & cheese bites, fish tacos, and a vegan burger. In the summer, there’s seating on the sidewalk along Nicollet Mall and on the roof, which also features a 10,000 square foot lawn bowling green. Be aware that the rooftop menu is an abridged version of the main dining room menu, featuring most of the appetizers, sandwiches, and salads, but almost none of the entrees (a couple of which are vegetarian). However, in my opionion the view makes it worth the trade off.
I tend to steer clear of vegetarian burgers: the soy-based versions usually taste like desperate imitations of the meat products they attempt to emulate. However, Brit’s Village Green vegan burger is meatless and proud of it. Served on a focaccia roll with a tangy lemon-garlic aoili, the patty is a wholesome-tasting mixture of brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, kernels of sweet corn, and diced bell pepper, seared crisp on the outside and meltingly smooth on the inside. A tangle of slightly bitter arugula and sunflower sprouts add an additional fresh, herby dimension. I opted for a side of coleslaw (the other option is chips) and was pleasantly surprised by the crispness of the cabbage and the relatively light touch with the dressing. My only minor complaint about my meal is that the airiness of the focaccia roll and the softness of the patty make for a burger that lacks structural integrity, so be prepared to use a fork.
According to the menu the fish and chips (available as a one, two, or three piece meal) are the bestseller. That’s not surprising, since the fish is exactly what you would hope for: a thick, crunchy fried batter encasing generously-sized pieces of tender cod, with a creamy house-made tartar sauce. The chips are a well-executed classic best enjoyed with the malt vinegar on your table.
If you’re looking for a pub meal with your favorite vegetarian, want to try some of the best fish and chips in the Twin Cities, or if you want to take in a roof top view of downtown, Brit’s is your spot.
★★★ out of 4 (recommended)
If you go:
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403