Hard to believe it’s been so long since I posted. Maybe 2016 will be the year that I get back to it regularly! Keep me honest folks! Instead of trying to catch up on the new restaurants I’ve tried since my last post, I’ll start with the restaurant that was our 2015 restaurant of the year. Those of you who know me, may know that we pick our favorite restaurant of they year and make that our New Year’s Eve plans.
In November, we went to 4 Bells with our good friend Heather and decided after that meal that this was the NYE choice. It did not disappoint us on 12/31/15.
The restaurant itself is fun – wood, steel, and plenty of space that you never feel crowded. There is space on the top-level that we’ve not been to, but I understand it has a slightly different menu offering and there is a 4 season patio type area. The cooking has a southern theme to it, so you can find fried chicken if you so desire. They also are known for their seafood.
We started off the evening by arriving early for a drink at the bar downstairs. Given it was NYE, we went with a glass of Prosecco and toasted 2015 goodbye. We didn’t have to wait long before we were escorted to our table for the evening. We were seated in Ricardo’s area. Side note: I highly recommend if you go to 4 Bells (or Murray’s on the weekend), ask for Ricardo. He is the best waiter in the cities in our opinion. He takes his profession seriously and really makes the meal that much better! We first became aware of Ricardo when he worked at the now defunct Pane Vino Dolce. He then moved to Al Vento for a while. We then lost track of him, but was so happy to see him at 4 Bells.
Ricardo came to the table and welcomed us back – stating it was good to see us and he remembered us, etc. Even if this is part of his schtick, he makes it sincere!
We put in an order of the Boiled Peanut Hummus as a starter. It was delivered with Aged Cheddar Crackers and Crisp Vegetables (carrots, celery, and radishes). It was a great start to the meal, but the main entrees are so good that I don’t know if I’d get it again.
For our main entrees, the hubby went with the Grilled Pork Chop with Graham Grits and Huckleberry. His take on the pork chop was “best in the cities.” I went with the Seared Scallops with a Sweet Corn Cake (pancake), Bacon, Chicory, and Coffee-Maple Jus. The scallops were fabulous! The pancake was good, though I don’t know that it added a lot to the dish. The corn mix was great.
As for drinks with dinner, Ricardo suggested a great red wine that would be fine with the scallops. A California wine – Smith & Hook- Cabernet Sauvignon – very good! The hubby stuck with water, but the previous visit we ordered a couple of their cocktails – Moscow Mule and the Gin Fizz. They make a great cocktail if that is what you’re looking for.
We ordered a couple of sides to go with our entrees. The Cauliflower Au Gratin – amazing! Hard to go to a southern style restaurant without getting biscuits. So glad we made the call. The biscuits were served hot and with plenty of butter to slather on top. The order came with 4 – 2 of which we brought home as leftovers. (Now I see why we thought we didn’t need the hummus – we had a ton of food.)
We decided to skip dessert, but I’ve heard they have some “to die for” desserts.
This is a great restaurant and one that I would highly recommend. The location across from Loring Park in Minneapolis is fabulous and I think they will do well! Such a great restaurant destination area now with Cafe Lurcat, The Third Bird and now 4 Bells.
2015 ended on an extremely high note! 2016 has started well, but that will be a post for another day. For now…