St. Genevieve aptly bills itself as a buvette (refreshment room), but a case can be made that it’s also Minneapolis’s first Champagne bar. Whatever the designation, St. Genevieve is thoroughly French in its design and menu (including six stellar tartines) and thoroughly Champenoise in its libations list. A dozen or more grower Champagnes rotate through the menu, with a few unlisted bottles on ice at the bar. On a recent night, chef-owner Steven Brown said, “I swear every table had a glass of the Marc Hebrart Brut Rosé.” From other regions, the list is focused on small-production, low-intervention wines, often providing that elusive perfect pairing: duck breast Alsace-style with Domaine Ostertag’s Vignoble d’E Riesling, for example. Besides serving lunch and dinner, St. Genevieve is a late-night haven for restaurant folk unwinding after work. Bubbles up.
5003 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota
This story appears in the print issue of June 2016.
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