A bite at the bandshell

Bread & Pickle opens at Lake Harriet Bandshell concessions

It’s one of the most idyllic experiences you can have in Minneapolis — a stroll around Lake Harriet on a warm sunny day.

Now there’s a new place to dine by the lake. Bread & Pickle has opened in the concessions area at the bandshell.

It’s another venue operated by Kim Bartmann — the restaurateur behind the hot spots Barbette, Bryant-Lake Bowl, the Red Stag, Gigi’s and the new Pat’s Tap at 35th & Nicollet. Bartmann beat out 10 other vendors for the bandshell concessions contract with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The menu focuses on locally sourced food, as one would expect from Bartmann’s team, and everything on it is under $10. Breakfast items include organic egg sandwiches, granola, fruit and baked goods. For lunch, there’s standard summer fare: hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, etc. There are healthy options like the hummus wrap served in a spinach wrap and some not-so-healthy treats like cheese curds.

Highlights in the snack category include Red Stag truffle popcorn, ice cream cones and a pickle on a stick. For the Lake Harriet dogs, there are Bread & Pickle homemade dog treats for $1.50. As for special beverages, there is a hibiscus punch on the soda menu, a variety of teas and coffee drinks, including the Tree Hugger (an iced cold press with maple syrup and soy milk.) The menu will be updated two more times this summer. Soon Bread & Picnic will also be offering picnic baskets.

And in keeping with its zero-waste mission, Bread & Pickle won’t be selling bottled water. Instead, it will sell stainless steel, BPA-free water bottles for $3 and urge people to fill them up with Minneapolis tap water. All of the plates and cups and other items sold at the concessions are compostable, too — one of many things about the place that has earned rave reviews from Felicity Britton of Linden Hills Power and Light, a neighborhood-based group dedicated to waste reduction and other sustainable practices.

“So in addition to feeding us, Kim is educating us about easy, good choices we can make to reduce our impact on the environment,” Britton said.

Bread & Pickle
Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Parkway
Hours: 7 a.m.–9 p.m., daily
Website: breadandpickle.com
Note: The Lake Harriet concerts at the bandshell have kicked off for the season, too. For a schedule, go to mplsmusicandmovies.com.