One Friday evening, we decided to try out a relatively new restaurant in South Minneapolis called Italian Eatery. We had early reservations because a) that’s how we roll and b) that’s all we could get. We were surprised at how busy it was at 5:00. The bar was packed and soon many of the dining room tables were as well. Always a good sign I think!
I started out with a “taste” of red wine. They have both “tastes” and “full” glasses of wine. The taste was cheaper (more like a reasonably priced glass in my opinion) and was a decent enough pour. Good way to make people think they are getting a deal.
We ordered the Goat Milk Ricotta which was house made whipped ricotta served with grilled bread. The starter arrived on a wooden cutting board that with a huge ball of ricotta. It was decent enough, but I actually think they could have gone with a bit of a smaller serving.
For the entree portion, I went with the cavatelli which was a pasta dish with house stewed bolognese and grana padano cheese. They offer two sizes of the pastas which is always a nice option. I went with the smaller option and then ordered a side of the brussel sprouts with caesar, pecorino, colatura. The sprouts were decent enough. The pasta was a little too al dente for my taste. I make a lasagna bolognese recipe that has fabulous bolognese sauce. I could have made a better pasta dish on my own with my bolognese sauce than what I had here. It was fine, just not amazing.
The hubby went with the gnocchi with Nordic Creamery butter and grana padano cheese. He has a high watermark for gnocchi from Meritage in St. Paul and this did not measure up at all.
In summary, I thought Italian Eatery was ok. I think it’ll do well with it’s location as there really isn’t any other good option around there. However, I would rather head over to Broder’s for pasta if that was what I was in the mood for in the future. Speaking of Broder’s, I went back through this blog as well as my older blog and realized that I’ve never written about Broder’s. I will fix that sometime in the future. It is by far one of the best Italian restaurants in Minneapolis!
It was one of those January weekends where you really wonder what made you decide to live in the north part of the country. Temperatures not above zero and wind chills in the teens and twenties…below zero. The sun was shining though, so we ventured out for brunch at a new restaurant in St. Paul.
Heirloom was a great way to take the chill off of a weekend morning! We made early reservations, but the cold definitely was keeping people away. We essentially had the place to ourselves for the majority of our meal. Once people get word of this place, I would imagine those reservations would be more necessary.
We arrived and were seated in a “cozy” two-top away from the door and windows. I ordered a cup of hot tea “Evening in Missoula” is always a favorite of mine. Not sure what the hubs had to drink – he’s prone to ordering Mimosa’s and I seem to remember him doing that this time around as well.
We then started with a couple of pastries. I had the Sourdough coffee cake and the hubs went with the apple and cheddar hand pie. Both were appropriate servings to have on our own. Though he did do a second hand pie since it was so tasty! Both of the pastries were very good. my coffee cake had some kind of sauce drizzled over it. It kind of reminded me a bit of a bread pudding.
We then ordered our main entrees. I had the Buttermilk Biscuits with sausage gravy and soft scrambled eggs. The eggs were fabulous – buttery melt in your mouth type of eggs. The biscuits were small and were tasty without the gravy. The sausage gravy was not your typical white gravy with big chunks of sausage. The sausage was reddish looking with small pieces of sausage. The flavor was outstanding. A very different take on what I think of as biscuits and gravy. I would totally get it again!
Sadly I don’t remember what the hubs got for his main entrée. I do know that he really enjoyed it as well. He did order a biscuit for his dessert since he liked the look of my meal.
I definitely want to go back for both brunch and to try their dinner menu. The dinner menu looks interesting and if you are not sure how you’d order from it, I think the idea is to order something from each of the different sections on the menu and make a tasting dinner out of the menu. Never fear, the wait staff is fabulous and can help guide you through the menu if you are unsure. You will be sure to find something you’ll enjoy and if you are open to it, maybe something new to try!
We started off 2016 with several new restaurants. So many that I didn’t do a great job of keeping up with them on the blog. I’ll take a few days and try to get caught up before any new February restaurants need to be posted!
The Commodore Bar & Restaurant
Heather, the hubby and I tried an old but new restaurant in St. Paul’s Cathedral Hill area early in January. The ambiance of the restaurant was fabulous. I felt like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda would arrive at any time. A great 1920’s vibe.