Restaurant Week! I hadn’t done restaurant week since the summer I spent at Target and I was excited to try this place. I heard they have a great brunch!
First course, a citrus salad. Blood orange, kumquats, hazelnuts on top of a bed of greens. Nice and crispy, and the citrus was nice and tart to go with the hazelnuts. Really good way to start off the meal!
Second course, I had the beef bourguignon. The beef was cooked perfectly and my favorites were the carrots and cipollini onions. I thought the potatoes were a bit flavorless but I really liked the broth. Wish I ha some bread with it!
Third course, dessert! It was a cardamom sour cream cake with a scoop of pistachio ice cream and ginger shortbread crumble on top. It was the perfect size and the pistachio ice cream was the bomb! I could just eat bowls of it!
I definitely want to come back, especially for brunch and I hope I can take advantage of restaurant week again!
Masa Sushi & Robata
I have been searching for good sushi in Minneapolis and I think I found one that I am a fan of! Masa Sushi & Robata is in Northeast and does both sushi and robata, a japanese method of grilling. Came here with Clare to catch up and left very full! She ordered the Walu Roll (Walu, Spicy Salmon, Mango, Jalapeno, Asparagus tempura and ponzu sauce) which was spicy, crunchy, sweet and everything inbetween! I started with a seaweed salad with a nice lotus root chip on top and then got a bunch of robata items. I had the broccoli, eggplant, rice balls, chicken and then beef tendon! The beef tendon was a bit too chewy for my taste so I wasn’t as much of a fan, but I really liked this palce and def. want to come back!
Butcher & the Boar
After 7 months of living across from this restaurant, I finally treated me and Tiffany to a delicious meal of meat on meat on meat! We were recommended to only get 1 app, 1 main meal and 1-2 sides and of course we got way more than that. #treatyoself
For a starter, we got the duck rilletes and the wood grilled oysters. THe duck rilletes was super fatty and served with pistachios and pickled grapes. If you got one piece of toast with all the flavors on it, it was sweet and tart, salty and crunch from the pistachios. Delicious! I have never had grilled oysters before so I was surprised by the taste. THe lemon on top and salt were really good and it was very refreshing after the very fatty duck dish.
We then got texas beef link, served with a tortilla coleslaw. The beef link so spicy from jalapenos and spices in the filling and was a nice pre-game to our main course. The coleslaw was still crisp despite the mayo they made it in and had a nice cooling effect on the sausage.
THE SMOKED BEEF LONG RIB OMG! So amazing! It was cooked in a tobasco mollasses sauce that I would drench on everything, and also was serve with coleslaw. It was so tender and was 24 ounces of meet (keep in mind we were just two girls…) I had some leftovers and put it in fried rice ater in the week, and it was amazing!
FInally, we also got two sides for ourselves to go with the meat since we obviously didn’t order enough food. We got the cedar planked mushrooms and the dirty wild rice. The mushrooms were fantastic and there just weren’t enough of them! THey were in a sauce similar to the long rib, just not as spicy and they were cooked so that the mushrooms were soft yet had the flavor of the smoke in it. The wild rice was amazing. I would come back just for it. Sausage, spices, vegetables and everything in it was perfect and it was nice to get a carb in while downing meat.
WIll definitely come back here and can’t wait to try some of the other dishes!
Butcher & the Boar - Beer Garden
My first trip to Butcher & the Boar was to their outside patio and it is a really cool place! A casual bar to hang out at but the food is way better than just bar food! They have an array of sausages and sandwiches and I just happened to have a sushi dinner after this, so I wanted to get something small. I came here with a U.Chicago friend and we got the hot brussels sprouts and the green chile fries. The fries were hot and crispy, perfect with my beer and the brussels sprouts were drenched in hot sauce (so amazing!) and served with a side of ranch for a nice cooling effect. I have a post coming up about the restaurant portion so watch for that!
During one of the crazy weeks of my last project, we had a dinner meeting at Scampo, an italian restaurant at the bottom of the Liberty. It was a very loud restaurant, so not great for a meeting but great for food! We split the classic tomato, fior di latte & basil pizza, which was really soft and the tomatoes were tart, which was nice with the cheese. For my entree, I got the giannone chicken with foie gras and broccoli puree. The chicken was so tender, just fell off the bone. The reduction on the bottom of the chicken was nice and light and probably one of the better chicken dishes I have had. I didn’t have dessert but my SM got the banana upside down tart, which had caramelized bananas, a maple walnut sauce and then came with a scoop of toasted coconut ice cream.
Came back one last time for our team roll off dinner and it was just as good as the first time! I had the mackerel with roasted fennel and chunks of grapefruit on top! The skin was nice and crispy, and there was a great aioli sauce on the bottom that balanced well with the tartness of the grapefruit.
What a cute little pot of clam chowder :)
Eli’s Food and Cocktail
Always a huge fan of this place and came here for a quick dinner prior to Power Houring for the night. Got the Guaw Guaw Dog and a cup of tomato basil soup. Super nice for the winter and warmed me up!
As a part of my team’s Holiday Party, we went here for a night of food, drinks and games! This is apparently one of the best steak places in Boston and I was so excited to come here! On the menu:
Crab cake with a remoulade sauce and a red cabbage slaw
Beef tenderloin with creamy polenta, broccoli rabe and a gorgonzola fonduta
Caramel Profiteroles: Profiteroles with coffee ice cream sandwiched between, topped with caramel, candied almonds and chocolate sauce