JD Hoyts – A Long Standing Staple in Minneapolis

Looking for a standout steakhouse experience? JD Hoyts, located in the heart of Minneapolis, offers a blend of classic char-grilled steaks and distinctive Cajun flair. This article gives you an authentic glimpse into their flame-kissed specialties, the laid-back yet refined ambiance, and how the menu ensures every guest, regardless of dietary restrictions, leaves satisfied.

Growing up, my Father always celebrated successes at JD Hoyts, so it brings back great memories every time I return home to Minnesota and revisit one of my old favorite haunts.  In this review I’ll share with you my experiences dining at JD Hoyts in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The best part about this is it’s location.  If you follow my advice and stay in the Hewing Hotel, it’s directly across the street!  You can’t go wrong staying at the Hewing and dining at JD Hoyt’s, it’s literally what I do every time I return to my home state.

Key Takeaways

  • J.D. Hoyt’s menu offers a rich variety of American cuisine, with a Cajun twist, including fire-grilled specialties, fresh seafood dishes, and crisp salads made with locally-sourced produce.
  • The restaurant provides an array of gourmet sandwiches, burgers, and perfect side dishes, with options for indulgent add-ons and a commitment to quality, featuring unique flavors and hand-crafted quality ingredients.
  • Beyond the main course, J.D. Hoyt’s caters to dietary restrictions with gluten-free, vegetarian, and health-conscious options, and ensures a memorable dining experience with homemade desserts and a world famous pork chop.

Exploring the Flavors of J.D. Hoyt’s

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J.D. Hoyt’s menu beautifully exhibits the richness and diversity of American cuisine, subtly enhanced with a touch of Cajun flair. The restaurant serves up a variety of fire-grilled specialties, seafood dishes, and fresh salads that are as pleasing to the palate as they are to the eye.

Whether you’re craving a bite of their renowned garlic cheese toast, a forkful of broiled crab cakes prepared to perfection, or a taste of their spicy pepper sauce, you’re in for a treat.

Signature Fire-Grilled Specialties

The cornerstone of J.D. Hoyt’s culinary offerings lies in their fire-grilled specialties, a symphony of flavors brought to life on their custom-designed 100% hardwood burning charcoal grill. Each dish is seared to succulent perfection, from the tender cuts of steak to the succulent seafood selections and the mouthwatering chicken grilled options. For those with a penchant for spice, some dishes come served with their spicy pepper sauce, adding a kick that will have your taste buds dancing.

Their famous Cajun pork chops are a crowd favorite, meticulously prepared using center cut pork chops seasoned with Lawry’s seasoned salt, Cajun spices, and a touch of louisiana hot sauce. This dish exemplifies J.D. Hoyt’s commitment to delivering exceptional flavor and maintaining high standards of quality. For seafood lovers, the menu also includes broiled crab cakes prepared with the same level of care.

Seafood Sensations

A delectable Buddy Bowl, a seafood appetizer at J.D. Hoyt's

J.D. Hoyt’s offers an impressive array of seafood sensations that will delight seafood enthusiasts. From the Classic Shrimp or premium lump crab meat Cocktail to the distinctive Buddy Bowl, every dish is a tribute to the bounty of the sea. The Buddy Bowl, a family-style appetizer, is a feast for the senses with layers of red beans, dirty rice, and Monty’s Creole sauce, topped with cheese and baked to perfection in the oven.

Patrons also have the option to customize their seafood experience by adding cajun or jamaican spice, along with the choice of Cajun or Jamaican seasoning, to enhance the flavor of any seafood dish. This personal touch allows diners to tailor the taste to their preference, making each meal a unique culinary journey.

Fresh From the Garden

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Our recent trip to JD Hoyts with friends.

J.D. Hoyt’s ‘Fresh from the Garden’ section caters to those seeking lighter fare, offering a selection of crisp, fresh salads. The salads available include:

  • House Salad
  • House Caesar Salad
  • T.O.B. salad
  • Classic wedge salad

All of these salads are made with locally-sourced produce, ensuring that you experience the freshest salads available, featuring fresh bleu cheese.

Take, for example, the T.O.B. salad, a delightful blend of baby arugula, orzo pasta, corn, dried cranberries, and salted pepitas. Or the classic wedge salad, meticulously prepared by slicing, chilling, and arranging wedges of iceberg lettuce, then topped with crispy bacon bits, hard-boiled eggs, onion, and tomatoes. Each salad is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.

The Art of the Side Dish

J.D. Hoyt’s has mastered the art of creating perfect side dishes, an essential complement to any meal. Whether you’re in the mood for:

  • J.D.’s homemade seasoned European-style potato crisps
  • Sweet potato fries served with seasoned sour cream
  • Jamaican onion rings
  • Seasoned French fries
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sweet country corn bread

There’s a side dish to complement every sandwich and burger on the menu, especially when béarnaise sauce served alongside them.

Gourmet Sandwiches & Burgers

The gourmet sandwiches and burgers at J.D. Hoyt’s showcase their unwavering commitment to quality and flavor. Each sandwich and burger is meticulously crafted by hand, using fresh lean ground chuck and high-quality ingredients, such as Angus beef. Unique flavor combinations, such as a burger stuffed with braised short rib and smoked gouda cheese, or a sandwich with slow-roasted barbecue pulled pork and homemade apple slaw, set these offerings apart.

One standout selection is the Prime Rib Sandwich, a delectable creation crafted with thinly sliced prime rib, seasoned expertly, and garnished with Pepperjack cheese, mushrooms, onions, all presented on toasted bread. For those seeking a meat-free option, the Vegetarian Black Bean Burger, crafted with a flavorful mixture of black beans, chipotle mayo, and in-house ingredients, is a must-try.

Indulgent Add-Ons

Indulgent add-ons at J.D. Hoyt’s enrich the dining experience, introducing an exciting mix of flavors, textures, and richness to each meal. Eddie’s Road House Hash Browns and Red Beans and Dirty Rice, for instance, allow for a deeper exploration of flavors that complement the main dishes.

Eddie’s Road House Hash Browns are a savory blend of potatoes, Cajun seasoning, and spices that pair perfectly with any meal. On the other hand, the Red Beans and Dirty Rice dish offers a rich and flavorful combination of red beans, dirty rice, and a homemade creole sauce, featuring tomato sauce, celery, and green pepper.

These indulgent add-ons contribute to a more luxurious and fulfilling dining experience.

Sweet Endings

JD Hoyts Sign
This sign is hung near the restrooms.

J.D. Hoyt’s ensures every delicious meal is crowned with a sweet ending, living up to expectations. Their dessert menu features homemade sweets that mirror the restaurant’s commitment to flavor and craftsmanship. From their bread pudding to their unique grilled bananas served with vanilla ice cream topped with a choice of brandy caramel, fresh whipped cream, or Pavarotti ice cream, each dessert is a testament to the culinary artistry that J.D. Hoyt’s embodies.

Breakfast Delights

Beyond its renowned dinner offerings, J.D. Hoyt’s also boasts unmissable breakfast selections. Every Sunday, the restaurant presents a distinctive $15 all-you-can-eat brunch, featuring a variety of dishes that cater to every palate.

Some popular brunch dishes at this restaurant include:

  • Cajun hash browns: a savory blend of potatoes, Cajun seasoning, and spices
  • Eggs benedict: traditionally prepared with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffins, and a topping of hollandaise sauce
  • Down Town Pancakes: a sweet treat for those with a sweet tooth

These dishes are sure to start your day off right.

Atmosphere and Ambiance

A meal at J.D. Hoyt’s goes beyond mere dining; it’s a unique culinary experience. The interior design of the steakhouse is cozy and classic, with unique elements such as black-and-white tiles and paper-over-linen contributing to its distinctive ambiance. At dinner time, the restaurant exudes a romantic atmosphere, punctuated by the renowned flavors that elevate the dining experience.

The staff at J.D. Hoyt’s ensures exceptional service, providing high-quality food directly from the grill with a pleasant demeanor and a diverse range of cocktails to enhance the overall dining experience.

Health and Dietary Accommodations

Committed to inclusivity, J.D. Hoyt’s Steakhouse delivers a delicious and satisfying dining experience for guests with any dietary restrictions or food allergies. They offer a variety of options for individuals with dietary restrictions or common food allergies, such as gluten-free choices like pork chops, steaks, seafood, and skinless chicken filet. Their knowledgeable staff is available to assist with menu selections and cater to these specific needs.

Vegetarian and vegan patrons will appreciate the selection of meals tailored for their dietary preferences, including options such as Vegetarian Cajun Pasta and a Seasonal Vegetarian Entree. J.D. Hoyt’s also offers a variety of dishes that are low in calories or suitable for individuals who are health-conscious or adhering to a specific dietary regimen.

This restaurant is located just outside the booming North Loop neighborhood.  Other close by restaurants include:


From fire-grilled specialties to fresh salads, from gourmet sandwiches to indulgent add-ons, and from cozy ambiance to exceptional service, J.D. Hoyt’s Steakhouse offers a remarkable dining experience. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a meat lover or a vegetarian, a fan of seafood or a salad enthusiast, there’s something for everyone at this Minneapolis gem. As you leave J.D. Hoyt’s, you’ll carry with you not just the taste of their food but the memory of a truly unique dining experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the unique feature of J.D. Hoyt’s fire-grilled specialties?

The unique feature of J.D. Hoyt’s fire-grilled specialties is their use of a custom-designed 100% hardwood burning charcoal grill, ensuring each dish is seared to succulent perfection.

Can I customize my seafood dish at J.D. Hoyt’s?

Yes, at J.D. Hoyt’s, you can customize your seafood dish by adding Cajun or Jamaican seasoning to enhance the flavor.

What options are available for individuals with dietary restrictions or food allergies at J.D. Hoyt’s?

J.D. Hoyt’s offers a variety of options for individuals with dietary restrictions or food allergies, including gluten-free choices. Their staff can also help with menu selections.

What is the ambiance like during dinner time at J.D. Hoyt’s?

The ambiance at J.D. Hoyt’s during dinner time is known for its romantic atmosphere and exceptional flavors that enhance the dining experience.

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Tim Schmidt is a 20+ year Entrepreneur and Digital Marketer. A Fort Lauderdale-based "Digital Nomad," he enjoys traveling as much as possible with family and friends. AllWorld is his escape to document all of his adventures, including being a hardcore "foodie." He has property in Costa Rica and visits several times each year and is happy to offer his expert advice for planning your trip.

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