FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar nominated as “Best Restaurant” in both of its respective Twin Cities′ neighborhoods

For those of us that have had the opportunity to dine at either of our FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bars in Minnesota, the culinary pleasure has been all ours! And we aren’t alone! Nominated by food and beverage peers and patrons within their respective neighborhoods, both of our restaurant locations—at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, and at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis—have been recognized as 2013 “Best Restaurant” finalists in the Twin Cities’ Charlie Awards. 

Once nominated, each restaurant enters one food item they believed is representative of their business. Winners are determined by the combined results of a judging panel and an online public vote.   

FireLake Grill House at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington
To cast your vote, click here by October 31.

  • Represents the Twin Cities South Metro neighborhood
  • Featured dish: Smoked and braised lamb shoulder fritter and grilled lamb chops with balsamic-maple jus, caramelized Brussels sprouts and Haralson apples in a cider pancetta dressing

FireLake Grill House at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis
To cast your vote, click here by October 31. 

  • Represents the Downtown Minneapolis neighborhood in the contest
  • Featured dish: Bison bone marrow braised lamb with balsamic-maple jus, toast and parsley caper salad

The Charlie Awards is an annual event that celebrates the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities area restaurant, food and beverage industry. The centerpiece for the third annual Charlie Awards will be Sunday, Nov. 17, in downtown Minneapolis. After an entertainment-packed show and award’s ceremony, the celebration will continue with an after-party and a four-course, VIP dinner, hosted by last year’s honorees. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Open Arms of Minnesota, the state’s only nonprofit organization that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with life-threatening illnesses. 

The awards are named after the legendary Minneapolis restaurant, Charlie’s Café Exceptionale, which was a mainstay in downtown Minneapolis until the 1980s. The Charlie Awards were created to recognize organizations, businesses and individuals in the Twin Cities’ metro-area food and restaurant industry that enhance a diverse, vibrant and creative lifestyle and economy.

October 22, 2013
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As part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul food scene, the annual Charlie Awards recognize the exceptional contributions of local food and beverage establishments in creating a diverse, vibrant and creative lifestyle. Join in the online vote to recognize the excellence of our FireLake culinary teams from downtown Minneapolis and Bloomington, who have both been nominated.