Monday afternoon, while waiting for a show at the Cedar Cultural Center, I found myself sitting in a sweltering coffee shop in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on one of the steamier days of the year. As the late afternoon sun penetrated the already face-meltingly hot room, I sat there dripping sweat, eating a bag of Doritos (Cool Ranch in case you were wondering) daydreaming of frigid air conditioning, refreshing swimming pools and more importantly: ice cream. Cold, rich, creamy, sweet, indulgent ice cream… which also happens to be laced with booze.
Oh yes, my friends, if you have not experienced the joys of old-fashioned adult ice cream beverages, you’re really missing out. I’m talking classic drinks like the Grasshopper, the Pink Squirrel, the Golden Cadillac and the Brandy Alexander. While most of these drinks can be made with cream, the best way, I think, is with ice cream. And one of the best places to get your ice cream drink on is Jax Café in Northeast Minneapolis.
I have a soft spot for Jax, as this restaurant has been a staple in my family for years. I love hearing stories about my grandparents spending Saturday evenings there, satiated after a delicious meal, sipping their favorite cocktails (Stingers for my Grandfather and whiskey on the rocks for my Gramma), while smoking and talking late into the evening.
And really, what’s not to love about this place? Great patio (trout pond!), fantastic décor, excellent food and bowtied bartenders who can whip up one mean ice cream drink.
So the next time you find yourself in Northeast craving something sweet, might I suggest Jax Café? Because sitting on a quaint patio, flowers abound, the gentle trickle of the trout pond, maybe some prime rib and a Brandy Alexander is a fine way of spending a Minneapolis summer evening.