JD Hoyt's (and Deja Vu)
Tonight was another round of recon and mini-meetup with moon_over_michael
. We were meeting Pinchora (Julie) for the first time at JD Hoyt's
. I arrived about 6:30 PM just in time for our reservations and was seated in the corner booth by the front door. I thought this would be a good seat to see Michael come in the door, but somehow he managed to sneak by me. After waiting a bit, I sent a text message to Michael and the next thing I know he shows up with a beer in hand. He had been hiding at the bar. Julie soon called and informed us she was running late, so we ordered some appetizers to tide us over until Julie arrived and we could order dinner.
JD Hoyt's signature pork chops. They're HUGE and they're GOOD!
We started wtih JD Hoyt's Famous Garlic Cheese Toast and Calamari as well as a Summit for Michael and Stella for me. A little while later, Julie showed with up with some directional help from Michael over the phone. Shortly after her arrival, we ordered our main course. Micheal and I had the JD Hoyt's signature pork chops. This was a mistake as their pork chops are HUGE and one would have been plenty. Julie ordered their KOBI hamburger. Despite none of us not being able to finish our main courses, we ordered the grilled bananas for a shared dessert. The food was great, from the appetizers to the pork chops to dessert. After dinner, we discussed the upcoming MN MeetUp in August while enjoying the amazing lightning show against the Minneapolis skyline. Luckily, we waited and talked long enough that the rain outside stopped.
After leaving JD Hoyt's, we walked up the street to Runyon's, but there was not much happening there so we decided to go Nye's Polonaise in northeast Minneapolis. We drove the few blocks up to Nye's and dropped my car off with the valet and headed inside. The piano bar was in full swing with some of the regular locals in their regular spots as well as some new people joining in on the fun. It was a fun and friendly mix of young and old having fun at the piano bar. I should also mention the decor at Nye's looks vintage from the day it opened, yet new at the same time if that makes any sense. On the other side, in the Polka Lounge, the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band was just setting up in front of the World' Smallest Dance Floor getting ready to perform a couple classic polkas, "In Heaven There Is No Beer" and "She's Too Fat For Me". Michael, the dance professional, even got Julie out on the dance floor to polka. After their polka, we adjourned back to the piano bar to enjoy the performances and chat a bit more before going home. Another fun TB outing!