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