Industry Night at the Lexington

When you attempt to create a drink, which has been referred to as the oldest known American cocktail, you better be sure you do it right. At least that’s how we feel here at the Lexington, which is why our Sazerac is sure to keep you coming back for more. This New Orleans cocktail, named for the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of cognac that was its original prime ingredient, is to be featured at Industry Night. One thing I find to be true about the restaurant industry is once you’re in, you’re in. Our goal is to make Sunday nights a night for you – our fellow industry people. Starting at 8pm you can come enjoy specialty cocktails and amazing food at great prices. And the kicker? We’ll wait on you.

For $6 taste the layers of citrus rye, anise, vanilla and more that fill our Sazerac with a depth sure to be appreciated by any true cocktail lover. If that doesn’t tempt your taste buds, try our Lilly Pad. This refreshing summer-inspired cocktail with sprightly ties to the Minnesota garden balances bright citrus and mellow juniper within the smooth flavor of the Minnesotan grown cucumber and locally-distilled Gin. Combine your cocktail with a crab cake slider and truffle fries or a goat cheese stuffed salmon burger and you’ll never want to leave. So come in every Sunday night, relax with food, friends, and drinks, and let us show you a little appreciation.

Industry Night Menu
Crab Sake Slider with Truffle Fries $6
Shrimp Cocktail $6
Goat Cheese Stuffed Salmon Burger $5
Onion Rings $5
Lexington Burger $6
Lexington Green Beans $4

Sazerac $6
2oz Bulliet Rye Whiskey
1 Sugar Cube
5 Dashes Peychaud Bitters
Splash Club Soda
Splash St. George Vert Absinthe

Lilly Pad $6
2oz Farmer’s Gin
1oz St. Germain
½ oz Lime Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
1” of Cucumber

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Halibut season is in full swing

Halibut season is in full swing and this fish is a Lexington

Most of Alaska’s halibut are caught using small fishing vessels
owned by families with generations of history in Alaska. The Lexington prepares
fish in a way that helps accentuate the natural flavors of such amazing seafood

All of the halibut we procure is “hook and line caught” and comes in whole. Our chefs butcher the fish for a variety of specials like, pan seared halibut with risotto and pineapple mango salsa, a touch of citrus is all a dish like this needs.

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The Origin of the Cocktail

Have you ever wondered where the word ‘cocktails’ came from?

There are as many proposed origins for the word as there are varieties of the martini. The first recorded use of the word ‘cocktail’ was in 1806, and it is generally accepted that it is of American origin. Here is an explanation of some of the more likely etymologies.

Supposedly, bartenders used to drain the dregs off all the barrels and mix them together, serving the resulting muddle at a reduced price. ‘Cock’ was another name for spigot, and the ‘tailings’ were the last bits of alcohol, so this drink was called ‘cock-tailings,’ which was quickly shortened to ‘cocktail.’

A similar theory claims that leftover liquors from drinks served were dumped into a ceramic container shaped like a rooster, and you could get cheap drinks from a tap set in the tail of the rooster; hence these drinks were called ‘cock’s tail.’

A popular story with mixologists is that in New Orleans, an apothecary named Peychaud (of bitters fame) occasionally served his guests a mix of brandy, sugar, water and bitters in an egg-cup. The drink eventually acquired the name of the egg-cup—cocquetier in French—which his guests shortened to ‘cocktay’ and eventually ‘cocktail.’

The French word coquetel may also have had something to do with it; it was the name of a mixed drink from Bordeaux served to French officers during the American Revolution.

We may never know the true origin of the cocktail, but why not discuss it over one of The Lexington’s classic versions?


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Sunday Brunch at The Lexington

While our dinner and drink menus get the bulk of the attention, our Sunday brunch has a variety of palate-pleasing choices to enjoy.

Read on below as we highlight some of our favorite Sunday Brunch items:

Specialties -

The Eggs Blackstone is one of our favorite in the specialties category. It features two eggs poached, an English muffin, 1881 Omaha Hereford Beef® filet & béarnaise, served with breakfast potatoes and a breakfast basket.

The Omelets -

One of our favorite omelets that we offer is the Black & Bleu omelet. It is made with pan-seared 1881 Omaha Hereford Beef®, caramelized shallots & sautéed mushrooms topped with bleu cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and a breakfast basket.

Classic Starts -

While it is a tough choice picking a favorite out of this group, since I’m partial to salmon, I find the Scrambled Eggs & Smoked Salmon entree stands apart from the rest.

A Different Start -

When looking to switch up Sunday brunch, the 8-oz. Flat Iron Steak served with French fries and béarnaise sauce makes for a hearty breakfast.

Sunday brunch runs from 10 am-2 pm every Sunday. Each entree includes choice of one complimentary Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Screwdriver. To see the complete breakfast menu, simply click here.

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The History of the Mojito

Perfect 10 Mojito

Mojitos (mo-hee-toes) are the perfect summertime cocktail with the mint and lime adding refreshing flavor on hot days. Cuba is the birthplace of the famous Mojito beverage. Although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate, the first drink with very similar ingredients can be traced back to the 16th century. The original recipe used tafia instead of rum because rum had not been invented yet. The lime, sugar and mint were used to hide the harsh taste of the tafia. The original recipe was called ‘El Draque’ in honor of Sir Francis Drake, an English sea captain during the Elizabethan era.

So where did the name Mojito come from?

There are a couple theories behind the name. Some believe mojito relates to mojo, a Cuban seasoning made from lime. Others believe mojito might be derived from the Spanish words for ‘a little wet’ and ‘wet’ which are mojadito and mojado respectively.

Come check out ‘The Perfect 10 Mojito’ at The Lexington. It’s made with 10 Cane Trinidad Rum, simple syrup and charged water with mint and fresh lime. It’s a refreshing beverage on a summer day!

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Change can be good…really good!

Change can be good…really good!

The Lexington on Grand has been a local favorite of Metro MN for over 75 years, and it’s not by accident. In October of 1935, Pat and Veronica McLean marked the repeal of prohibition by putting down $2,850 to buy a small, neighborhood pub at the corner of Lexington and Grand. They flipped a coin and dubbed it The Lexington.

We’ve spent decades listening, and caring for our loyal customers for longer than Facebook, Twitter or Youtube even existed. Matter of fact, we’ve been serving the watering mouths of Minnesota since before you could even see a color photo of our beautiful stained glass, or Classic Serpentine Bar.

So we in the spirit of the positivity of change, and continuing to listen to our customers, we’ve started a blog! Not just for the lovers of the Lex on Grand, not just for lovers of food, but for lovers of tradition and quality.

We at the Lexington on Grand have a passion for Food, and we are excited to launch a blog where our very own Executive Chef will be unveiling some masterpieces, as well as some tips to help you enjoy your summer of pairing foods, wines, and appetizers! Thankfully, after seventy-six very good years, the warm conversations and comfortable traditions remain the same.

Thanks for reading, for some fun we thought we’d throw in some perspective on what was happening in the world in 1935!

Important Events:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in New York City
  • First Canned beer goes on sale
  • Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career
  • Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly
  • Penguin produces the first paperback books

Famous Births

  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Julie Andrews
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Gary Player
  • Woody Allen
  • Sonny Bono
  • Dalai Lama
  • Elvis Presley
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Gene Vincent
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