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Minnie's Restaurant

Modesto, CA
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107 McHenry Ave
Modesto, CA
Opened in 1954
Mon-Fri Lunch 11:30am-2pm Dinner 5pm-10pm
Sat 4pm-10pm
Sun 4pm-9:30pm
Bar 12pm-1am
(209) 524-4621

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Minnie's Restaurant

6.9

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.1
Drink Quality 5.6
Drink Selection 6.9
Food Quality 7
Food Selection 7.1
Mood 7.5
Music 3.7
Service 7.5
Tikiness 8.2
Tilt 8
Vibe 6.1

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Humuhumu’s description

Minnie's is a Polynesian restaurant with immense charm, and is deservedly beloved by many. The Chinese food is typically dressed-up (for instance, the appetizers are labelled "tidbits of delight"), but the shocker here is that the food is actually fairly good. The restaurant features carvings and artwork throughout, most notably a large number of beautiful oil and black velvet paintings by the Leeteg-esque artist Tyree.
There are two bars at Minnies: a vast outdoor patio bar, and a dimly lit indoor bar encrusted with dollar bills and business cards all over the walls and ceiling, left by patrons over the years. The tropical cocktails at Minnie's leave something to be desired, but it's about as good as you're likely to find in Modesto anyhow.
Parking is free in the lot at the rear of the restaurant. After dinner service closes, the front door to Minnie's is locked, and you must enter the bar using the rear parking lot entrance (there is no sign at the front to let you know this, unfortunately).

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Mahasamatman
Mahasamatman has visited Minnie's Restaurant.
May 7, 2019, 5:44 PM
While it may be the case that Minnieís was once a hip and happening tiki attraction, it is now a sad shadow of itís past. The restaurant has closed (as of Jan 2019) and tiki drinks are a dim memory in the mind of the (very nice and accommodating) bartender. Minnieís is now a run-of-the-mill local bar with the thin trappings of tiki inside and some nice window-dressing outside (probably because it is way too heavy to move).
mamavaca
mamavaca has visited Minnie's Restaurant.
May 6, 2019, 1:04 PM
Note: no longer does Minnieís have a restaurant. We were informed by the bar tender this afternoon that as of January this year, the restaurant portion closed down and it is now only a bar. ALSO note: the bartender told us that she hasnít made a Dark and Stormy (or other traditional) tiki drinks ďin a long timeĒ so I ordered a coke and Jeff asked for a Negroni instead. Itís still quite tiki-feeling in there and had a great old classic tiki bar feel, but no music only sports on the TVís. The staff and locals were very friendly, though and nice to visit with.
Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Minnie's Restaurant.
January 31, 2019, 7:43 PM
Believe it or not, there is a small tiki hub in the middle of nowhere (aka Modesto, California). Minnie's is the heart and soul of that little hub---and it really is a cool place.

I visited Minnie's a little more than a year ago. It was old school and had seen better days, but I still really dug it. And it's HUGE! The main dining room is nice, but the dining area sprawls to a cozy smaller room in the "front" of the building and then beyond the bar to the "rear" of the building...and there is also a huge outdoor patio area and, if I'm not mistaken, a whole other dining room upstairs (that I did not get to see). Groovy!
I have a (bad) blog about my visit ---which also includes a stop at the (former) Tropics Motel and Tiki Cocktail Lounge. You can read about it HERE: https://monsterago-go.blogspot.com/2017/11/im-freaky-for-tiki-9-tiki-in-modesto.html

I'd give Minnie's a thumbs up. It may not be the best tiki bar/restaurant in the wprld, but it is a good one---and the ONLT one really for miles and miles and miles around.
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