Never did I think I would find myself in Minnesota, but Minneapolis surprised me. No, you won’t see me packing up my bags and moving to the frozen tundra but I definitely found myself pleasantly surprised with this bustling city. Being there for work, I only had a very limited time to enjoy the city so of course I had to grab a great meal!
I have this belief the best way to feel a new city is to eat its food. And well, I am a huge foodie so finding the best restaurant will always find its way on to my itinerary.
I had the opportunity to eat at 112 Eatery, James Beard awarded chef Isaac Becker‘s restaurant. This small but well-known place only offers limited tables and bar seating making the already popular restaurant even more packed. Expect a group of people standing around in the tiny space by the door, eyeing the food and waiting for their chance to chow down on the delicious craft food.
Being alone, I was fortunate to snag a seat at the bar rather quickly, but I recommend making a reservation ahead of time if you want a table or have a larger group. Dark wood lined the tiny, well stocked bar complete with a kind bearded man whose food recommendations rolled off his tongue like rosy-cheeked boy in love.
After getting my glass of cab, I decided to start with the sea scallops
. Scallops are one of those things that are so easy to screw up and a few seconds of overcooking make this delectable seafood a chewy, rubbery mess. However, 112 Eatery decided to start with perfection. Served on a bed of sautéed mushrooms, the two large scallops were able to be cut as easily as warm butter. Carefully seared, the scallops were cooked wonderfully
. Conveniently, the couple next to me was actually on “scallop tour,” hitting up all of Minneapolis’s top restaurants boasting awesome scallops. I am pleased to say, they too agreed with the top-notch quality of this starter.
Next I moved on to the Tagliatelle with Foie Gras Meatballs
and a side of Cauliflower Fritters
. Now, I am not a huge meat-eater but foie gras is a weakness of mine. And since Californians have outlawed it, I am usually on the search to get my fix. So not only was the tagliatelle highly recommended
, the foie gras pretty much sealed the deal. And big surprise… it was delicious!! The pasta was slightly too al dente and is cooked in chicken broth which I am not a huge fan of the taste. However, it is a good pair with the tiny, rich meatballs. You can get it a full or half order
but I definitely think the half is enough, (plus you have so much else to try!). The dish is topped with parmesan for a bit more yumminess. I really enjoyed the dish but not sure I would travel the country for it as some do… now, if I could just get a plate of the meatballs that would be a different story!!
The Cauliflower Fritters
are incredible served with a side of lemon that you have to squeeze over them when hot. I definitely recommend trying these and the portion size is good to share with someone as a side. Even if you don’t like the veggie, I promise you will be happy you ordered this!
Almost to my threshold, I still managed to order dessert (don’t mess with me… I can EATT!). I got the (again highly recommended) Butterscotch Budino. It is served in a little mason jar with a dollop of crème fraîche on top. The pudding is rich and smooth, creating the perfect ending to a creative and delicious meal.
If you do find yourself in Minneapolis, make sure to visit 112 Eatery for a carefully designed and successfully executed meal.
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401