Dive Night is a semi-monthly adventure undertaken by me and Husby, along with our friends Ruthie and Ray. Each couple alternates choosing a restaurant, one which must come under the category of “dive.” Our definition of dive: a neighborhood gathering spot with a laid-back atmosphere and good food. We’ll find the interesting hang-outs in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. Casual attire required. A sip of beer or wine doesn’t hurt either.
It’s been a long time since the last Dive Night. I guess the four of us are getting busier, so we get together when we can. The dive was the choice of Husby and me, which took me back to my old neighborhood of over twenty years ago. I spent some time at this place during my single days as it was only a half block away from my apartment, and when Husby and I were dating we’d stop by for a bite once in a while. We thought it would be a good place to share with Ruthie and Ray, and really fun for me to see what’s happened to the establishment since I’ve been there last. I present to you, Goby’s.
Goby’s has a new facade since I was there last, but the interior was pretty much the same as it was oh so many years ago. One thing I noticed right away that hadn’t changed at all ~ one of the regulars. A little grayer, but it was the same guy. We were there around 6:30 on a Friday evening and the crowd was more mature, like us. I have no idea what kind of clientele they have after the dinner hour.
Goby’s is a clean place to spend an evening eating, playing, and drinking. Husby and Ray both got a Stella Artois (if I drank beer that’s what I’d drink because it’s just so classy) but Ray didn’t think the Stella was anything spectacular. Husby still enjoys it quite a bit. Ruthie and I got our typical glass of wine. And now, on with the food. Please forgive the blurry photos. I’m still learning how to take pictures in a dark room.
The burgers are eight ounces but you can also get them as twelve ouncers. Twelve?! I love to eat but a burger that big would put me in a food coma for a week. But it’s available for those with extra huge appetites.
One thing that might turn some people off is the outdoor smoking. Smokers stand close to the door, and the day we were there the door was open, so the smoke wafted in a bit. If that bothers you, you might want to sit toward the back of the room away from the door.
All in all, Goby’s is every bit as good as I remembered it being. It’s a bar, there’s no doubt about that, but the food they serve is well-made and served hot out of the kitchen and our service was considerate, friendly and accurate, not to mention a perfect hottie.
Whether you go to Goby’s for an after-work cocktail, a very reasonably priced and delicious meal, or to shoot a game of pool or two, you’re sure to have a good experience. If you doubt it, just ask the twenty-five-year veteran Goby’s patron sitting at the end of the bar.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this very special Dive Night, which will be posted later this week.