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Lionel Lynner
· June 23, 2017
Holy Fuck! This is insanely awesome by every metric. This place is kinda secretive from the exterior. My brother and I were walking through Robbinsdale, and we smelled an amazing aroma of smoked BBQ. ...We literally followed the smell to this nondescript building, and couldn't tell how to enter. We we're told to enter through what looked like a walk-in freezer door. Upon entering, there was a packed, full house in an open, expansive area full of all kinds of culinary activity, as well as an extensive bar. Employees were bustling around like army ants, and the smells were delectable. We sat down next to a friendly fellow named Jordan, who explained how everything worked here at the Rookery: he also showed us the brisket sandwich he was working on, which we promptly follow suite; and orders as well.
We orders up two Moscow miles while we waited while we watched Wheel of Fortune and chatted with our new friend.
When those sandwiches came, I can without a doubt say it was the best brisket I've had ever. Cooked perfectly. A tangy South Carolina slaw accompanied it, as well as made at home-Style pickles, a jalapeño vinegar dipping sauce, and a hot link. The meat was perfect. Juicy, not too dry, peppered savory; fatty. It was amazing, and everything. Complimented each other perfectly. Don't sleep on this place. I hear you only have this summer to try it to!
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Mike Horwath
· September 23, 2017
Love the bar layout after being convinced by my friend to make the walk over.

Totally worth it and can't wait to bring my wife out on a date night.
Cheryl Staton Broderick
· June 17, 2017
Absolutely amazing! Incredibly fun, with a creative vibe from the passionate staff! Great BBQ and drinks that top the list of best places for both in the Twin Cities. Our new favorite place! We will b...e talk about this restaurant and bringing all our friends here! Even our 11year old son, had 2 distinctly different and unique "kid cocktails" that he said were three best he's ever had anywhere! See More
Brian Mattson
· September 16, 2017
Always fantastic! The burger and curly fries are out of this world.
Tiffany Eliz
· July 29, 2017
Insanely amazing - brisket, pork ribs, mac & cocktails ����
Khiem Foogle Duong
July 31, 2014
I absolutely admire the staff for being so lively and fun. The ambiance of the Rookery is really casual and upbeat. The food is amazing. I can't express enough on how unique and delicious the food is.... The drinks are also really good and refreshing. It's definitely one of my new favorite places to eat. See More
Robert Nicpon
· March 29, 2015
Had a great Birthday celebration this weekend at The Rookery. This first time experience was a real treat hosted by co-owner Bob Gerken. Thanks so much for the tremendous hospitality Bob!
Of the fifte...en items we ordered from their taste menu, Carol and I experienced one incredibly prepared dish after the other that by the end of the meal left us entirely satisfied and extremely happy.
Standouts included their Awesome Dumplings, Bacon wrapped Scallop, Cauliflower Bisque Soup, Roasted Mushroom and Truffle, Pork Croquette Bahn Mi, Five Spice Sausage, Sexy Avocado, Burger, Coconut Cream Puff, and Lemon Tart.
Also, of the four specialty drink selections we thoroughly enjoyed, served up by bartender Ross, their Violette Pilot consisting of Gin, Hibiscus and Lemon, and their Italian Stallion consisting of Gin, Ginger and Italian Bitters were simply awesome!
Yet, for as exceptional as the food and drink was the atmosphere of the restaurant and the quality of the service provided us were two other things to take particular notice of. This restaurant is in and of itself a lot of fun, and the level of care that was extended to us with every item served, displayed the genuine love and passion that goes into all that the staff do.
Without a doubt this is a restaurant to highly recommend, and I do! Thanks again Bob!
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Julie Borchardt Jaffe
· November 27, 2016
Scott and I have been going to Travail/Rookery for years. It is definitely one of our favorite places! Everyone is amazing and we always have a good time.
Corey David Bloom
· January 10, 2017
Great food with a amazing staff, be prepared to be amazed! There high energy, creative and magical with there creations. Have been there multiple times and ordered most of the menu. If you haven't bee...n, highly recommended. See More
Rachel Lee
· February 7, 2014
Everything was amazing! We loved the new space, but were absolutely delighted to see familiar faces and feel that unique vibe that no other place has. The food was outstanding, with some of the most m...emorable dishes we have ever tasted. Loved it and will be back soon! See More
Stacey Boyd Boucher
· December 11, 2016
Amazing meal with Nelson and his crew! Between the four of us we tried 10 different drinks and they were all spectacular. Great atmosphere! Will definitely be back!
Sarah Stock Spence
· November 14, 2016
It's impossible to be anything other than happy when you are here. The staff is talented beyond measure. The food is fabulous! Try the Ron Burgundy for certain
Jared Duame
· June 11, 2017
Great food and drinks awesome staff. I'll be going back!
Troy Parker
· June 26, 2015
Full of new flavors and a fun atmosphere. The food is always changing and like nothing I've had before. The staff are extremely friendly and make you feel right at home.
Elizabeth Westfall
· February 1, 2014
Thanks, Rookery-ites for a great evening! Each dish better and more unique than the last, in true Travail fashion. Not many would have the courage to take on giant gnocchi and fewer still would pull i...t off so well. Each dish earned its own accolades. And the cocktails hold up their end of the bargain. I have a new favorite Fashioned, which is saying a lot. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! See More
Tanya Nelson Nordin
· April 18, 2017
Not just amazing food and drinks, but also a fun and entertaining experience!
Eber Lusty
· May 8, 2016
18 courses, great waiters, great food, good beer, good music. What more can you ask for
Cathy Jarosinski
· October 11, 2014
What a fun experience!! The brunch was such a great variety and it's hard to choose which course was our favorite. The foood and staff were an absolute pleasure !!!!
Kirsten Lund Purvis
· January 29, 2014
Loved it! In keeping with the Travail tradition it is fabulous and inventive food in a fun and sometimes raucous environment. We had a blast and love every bite.
Andrea Hintz
· September 14, 2014
The most fun restaurant I've ever been to. Food, staff, and atmosphere were amazing! I highly recommend this place!
Saturday brunch at the Rookery
Happy New Year! We are back in the kitchen prepping today & tomorrow and will be open for service on THURSDAY, JAN 8th at 5pm (note we are not open tomorrow- Wednesday 1/7) Ps Pig Ate My Pizza is open tonight, tomorrow and the rest of the week. They will be happy to fulfill any travail family withdrawal you may be experiencing!!!
TGIF - Feliz Navidad

We're simplifying! For all drink/food updates at the bar, head to our Travail Kitchen and Amusements page instead.

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Peach Porch Pounder with Jack Daniels, lemon, peach, and garden mint served with little extra *somethin* to hit those summer tastebuds.

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It's Chris' last night, come give him a farewell cheers and let's do Saturday right!

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Please note: our Spotlight dining area will be closed off tonight as we host a special event this evening 7/26. BBQ available at the bar!

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If you were lucky enough to try Kale's BBQ at our Lakeside Party and are looking to get your hands on these savory meat treats, we've got plenty coming out of the Spotlight kitchen the next few weeks. Order ahead ( for a meal for two including your choice of meats, with sides and all the fixins. Then pick it up and eat at an open table in-house or take it to go.

Hitting up the local watering hole this summer? Keep your eyes peeled for special BBQ appearances at various breweries and off-site locales this summer. We'll post announcements on social media for these rare outings.

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TGIF! Head over to Indeed Brewing Company tonight for cold brews and some of Kale's drool worthy BBQ. Ribs, brisket, and the classic sides. We'll be there around 8:30. 🍖🤤

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On tap tonight only! Badger Hill Brewing Company Hexit 6.8 abv, Braggot style.

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You might agree with reason number #22!

A wide-ranging, free-wheeling, big, bold bear hug to the greatest metro area on earth.

Join us this Thursday, 4/27 as part of the Dining Out For Life event, in which 20% of our proceeds are going to The Aliveness Project to help fight AIDS.

Travail and Spotlight are all sold out on Thursday, but there's always room at the bar for you to come and have a drink or two and order off our a la carte menu.

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GET A LOADA THIS! Surly Brewing Company Nein now on tap. Hefeweizen style ale, coming in at a hefty 10% abv.

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Chef Ben Feltmann's a la carte menu at the bar brings the fiesta to your mouth. One of our faves on the menu? Order the choice of two guacamoles: classic, spicy, or with smoked fish. Pair it with the Mexican Firing Squad cocktail for a little extra kick and you'll be good to go. PLUS... no reservations needed at the bar!

Photos by Courtney Perry

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Hope your holidays have been jaw dropping! The Rookery is closed for holiday break from 12/24 - 1/10. We will reopen on January 11 and look forward to seeing some of your at our New Year's Eve party!

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It's coming down to chef Nelson's final weeks in the Spotlight! Come try his food for the first time or one last time while you still can at the bar or his tasting menu dinner. We've just released some last-minute tix for his dinner on Thurs 12/8:

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All-you-can-eat prime rib, fried chicken, pasta bar and MORE at our Vikings watching party on Thursday. Grab your tix and SKOL VIKES!

Thu 7:30 PM CSTTravail Kitchen and AmusementsRobbinsdale, MN
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Another year, another shout out to our amazing Travailian family. Thanks for all your support and for all the spirited nights we've spent together. You all are ...amazing!

Now please excuse us while we take a moment to spend time with friends and family, and eventually tend to the inevitable turkey coma. Travail, The Rookery, and Pig Ate My Pizza will be closed for Thanksgiving Break from 11/20 - 11/29. We will open on Wednesday, 11/30.

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