While the previous Rosedale Center food court Revolution Hall didn’t stick, I give the mall credit for trying new things. Many of the childhood malls of our youth are dying; Rosedale is not.
On the surface Revolution appeared to offer many different food stalls serving everything from poke to ramen to wood-fired pizza. In reality the food hall was owned by one New York-based company and the food came from the same kitchen.
I didn’t think the food we tried was bad but the Instagramability seemed to be the primary focus.
Read about our first impressions of Revolution here.
Revolution Hall closed and reopened in November as Potluck, a Minnesotan-themed food court with local restaurants.
Right away you’ll notice it’s a lot smaller than Revolution. Diners have less vendors to choose from but the space is less cramped. And, the restaurants are locally-owned. One of my parents pointed out a sign boasting that they gladly accept cash (Revolution did not). Nice shade!
Here are our thoughts on our first visit:
For $10, you can choose one flavor of hummus and three toppings. Additional garnishes include fried chickpeas, parsley, a sprinkle of paprika (?) and drizzle of olive oil. Warm pita bread seasoned with za’atar or pita chips is also included for dipping. I believe salad is also offered for a gluten-free option. There were more toppings than the menu listed in the hummus bar. Because the serving of hummus is so generous, I would recommend taking the leftover hummus or ordering a second piece of bread.
I chose plain hummus topped with feta, tabbouli, and roasted eggplant. Adding a lemonade, my meal cost about $14 before tip.
The hummus was silky smooth and as delicious as it is at Shish. I liked all of the toppings I chose. Each component was nicely seasoned and well-prepared. Like I mentioned, the serving size was very generous for one person. Hooray for a really satisfying vegetarian option.
I appreciated how the lemonade wasn’t too sweet but might skip it next time. However I would return for another hummus bowl.
My folks usually go for sandwichy options; I was surprised when they both chose noodle bowls.
O Bachan is also Justin Sutherland’s concept named for his grandmother. The menu includes noodle bowls and Japanese fried chicken.
You can choose from three types of noodles (ramen, udon, soba), three types of broth (miso, shitake, tonkatsu), and three toppings (chicken, tofu and pork belly). Each bowl costs $12. When your order is ready, O Bachan sends a text message. Our meals were ready in about five minutes.
My parents were happy with their fried chicken udon noodle bowls. I snuck a couple tastes -the chicken was crisp and the broths tasted flavorful. They seemed to prefer the shitake broth. I also ordered a bowl to-go for Jake. They carefully packed the dry and broth components separately. I might have wished for a little more broth in each bowl, but maybe that’s the style of the dish.
I also ordered a couple pieces of fried chicken to-go in the Tokyo Hot flavor. Just like the chicken in the noodle bowls, the crust was flavorful and crisp. If I remember correctly, two pieces cost somewhere between $5-7. Garnishes include green onion ribbons, shredded cabbage, and a spicy mayo dip on the side. The fried chicken pieces were generously sized and I’d gauge the spice level around a 6 or 7.
We’ve been visiting the original Grand Ole Creamery location for as long as we can remember- which makes sense considering they’ve been open for 35 years. In the summer, people line up to choose from at least 30 flavors. The smallest scoop size is comically large.
Grand Old Creamery reminds me of the type of ice cream shop you might find along the main street in Hope Floats. All of the classic favorites are here such as butter pecan and rum raisin. I’ve also enjoyed taro ice cream and sorbets. When President Obama visited in 2014, he ordered a scoop of Black Hills Gold (caramel base with praline pecans and crushed Oreos).
Somehow we’ve never tried Grand Old Creamery’s pizza. I recognized the big pizza oven from which employees pulled bubbling pies.
I’m hoping Potluck will post the merchants’ menus and prices online.
The price points seem similar to those at Revolution Hall but the foods we ordered tasted better. Obviously the lobster rolls at Smack Shack are going to cost a lot more. It appears that Betty & Earl’s biscuit shop and Nordic Waffles offer some items under $10.
If you’re coming here expecting to pay mall food court prices you might feel disappointed. If you expect to pay food truck/food hall prices you will be fine.
I predict the service will become smoother with time. The food court is still quite new. Many of the employees were young people who were very kind and helpful, clearly doing their best.
Potluck isn’t perfect but it’s much better than Revolution. As a mall food court enthusiast, I look forward to seeing where this goes.