This past Friday we ventured out to Red Cow’s sister restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, Red Rabbit. The impetus for the evening was a text earlier in the week from the blogger formerly known as RFO. “Ok, for whatever reason I’ve been craving pizza – what are you guys doing on Thursday or Friday?” While she gave several options, I went with Red Rabbit on Friday.
First thing to note, they do not take reservations. This is not an issue for the three of us as we tend to go early and get the early bird specials. However, by the time we left at 6:45, the entry way was packed with parties waiting for a table. The good news is that the waiting area is very close to the bar. So, grab a drink and wait if you go after 6ish.
The space is great. Tall ceilings, brick walls, space between tables which is always a plus. Nothing worse than having a dinner with someone and being so close to the other patrons that you hear their conversation better than your own.
The hubby and I arrived early and enjoyed a social lubricant prior to RFO’s arrival. He tried the Zen and Now – matcha infused vodka, lemon, honey, mint, on tap… on nitro. A great refreshing drink. I ordered the Drunken Latte which was rye, averna amaro, branca menta, espresso, steamed milk, coconut whipped cream. The drinks arrived and mine was super sweet and strong. About half way through the drink, another latte arrived at the table. The bartender didn’t like how the cream on top was for the first drink and redeemed himself with another one on the house. This one was not nearly as sweet but still packed the same punch as the first. Social lubricant indeed.
While we waited, we ordered a starter of Grilled Toasts with ricotta, local bare honey, and black pepper. Two generous slices of toast arrived right before RFO sat down at the table. The creamy ricotta spread over the grilled toasts was out of this world. Moment of silence at the table after the first bite – so good. We ordered another toast with bresaola, lemon aioli, and arugula. It was also very good, but didn’t touch the ricotta toast in my opinion.
We then ordered the main entrees. RFO ordered the pasta croquettes – trofi pasta, pesto, triple cream. She paired this dish with the Roasted Cauliflower entrée which was a head of cauliflower roasted and served with turmeric, pistachio mousse, rosemary and black olive oil. It was fabulous and would be a great dish to share as a table. She didn’t eat the entire dish – but had some great leftovers.
The hubby went with the grain salad which consisted of farro, rutabaga, pine nuts, fresh herbs, creme fraiche, and lemon vinaigrette. For his entrée, he chose the tortelloni (“killer good”). The pasta dish was served with swiss chard, chevre, roasted garlic, spiced hazelnuts, and rosemary. He gave it a 5 out of 5 and thoroughly enjoyed the leftovers the next day.
I went with the cauliflower soup special. Very good and always a nice addition to a winter meal. I then went with the pasta dish of Bolognese pappardelle which was fresh pappardelle, house bolognese, and grated parmesan. The dish was good – though I had Broder’s bolognese dish not that long ago and it is hard to beat. My main complaint about the dish was how salty it was. I drank a ton of water with that meal in part because of all of the salt. I did have leftovers the next day and the salt didn’t seem as bad second day.
All in all it was a good dinner and I would definitely recommend Red Rabbit to others. I would order something different next time. I liked the space, the vibe, the gingham shirts of the wait staff and the fact that while there is an energetic atmosphere, you could still hold a conversation among your party.
Good meal, good friends, but no one ordered pizza. Maybe next time.