4602 Grand Ave.
Duluth Minnesota 55807United States
This relatively new restaurant sounds like a promising comfort-food venture by a chef but acts more like an ambitious sports bar.
If only this relatively new entry on the Duluth dining scene lived up to its promise. We headed to G.B. Schneider with optimism based on its self-described mission of a well-traveled local-boy chef coming home to bring up-to-date cuisine to Duluth by way of a restaurant branded somewhat Emeril-style around his own personality. Unfortunately, the results are disappointing. The restaurant sits in a strip mall in a sketchy-looking neighborhood a few blocks off the interstate. The interior is tidy and attractive, as long as you like sports bars. Guests enter into the bar area, which is full of high-top wooden tables and TVs tuned to sports. The adjacent main dining room is open and decorated tastefully if sparsely, featuring wooden tables and booths and vintage travel posters. The restaurant was quiet when we visited on a summer Sunday evening, but we could easily envision the place full of office workers in khakis in search of after-work drinks and appetizers. The menu presents an intriguing lineup with the likes of a grilled variation on the famous Monte Cristo sandwich, shrimp beignets and updated comfort foods like pot pies. But the execution of several dishes we tried was quite bland. The sandwiches and other dishes had limited flavor, and presentation on the plate was equally tepid. The shrimp beignets were more like fritters with shrimp in them than the fluffy pillows we've experienced with beignets in New Orleans. A bright spot was the dinner salads, which were full of fresh veggies and eye-popping color. Overall, though, our meals felt more like the offering of a upper-level sports bar than a chef's signature effort.