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[MSP] 112 EATERY -- HELP!!!

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I am going to 112 Eatery with my boyfriend for the first time tonight. I am a college student so fancy dinners are few and far between. I got a $75 gift certificate for my 21 birthday and plan to spend it all plus up to $50 of our own money. I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for over a year so I want to make sure I order well seeing as this will probably be my only chance to go and splurge. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! (Sorry about the late notice)

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  1. Happy Birthday! What a fun splurge.

    First of all, 112 Eatery is happy to let you share dishes, so, my advice is to order lots of small dishes and share. Plus, it's extra romantic.

    My favorite dishes are:

    All the appetizers are good, but I'd skip all the lettuce ones, bibb salad etc.
    This is the dish for which they've had a lot of acclaim:
    lamb scottadito w/ goats milk yogurt $12

    For entrees, my favs:
    stringozzi w/ lamb sugo small $8 large $16 (this is the one dish I might go "large" on so I can take some home...)
    tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs small $11 large $22 (very very rich--I think a small is enough even to share)
    Maybe a couple of the country style ribs ($5 each) instead of one of the three sides I recommend below...

    I think they really shine with their sides, my favs
    brussels sprouts w/ smoked bacon & shallots $10
    cauliflower fritters $7.5 (I really love these, but I've seen a posts or two from people who don't...)
    pan-fried gnocchi w/ parmesan reggiano $8 (really, really good)
    (Though the fries are good, I'd skip them)

    My favorite desserts:
    tres leches cake $7
    banana cream tart $9 (And I'm not normally a banana lover...)

    Depending on your tastes in wine, you could probably order all of that, plus a glass of wine each, and with tip and tax and probably come close to your budget, maybe get only one dessert (though I think you might have budget enough for both) and EITHER the 3 entrees I suggest and two sides OR the first two entrees I suggested and three sides. They also bring you a dish of olives and a dish of almonds as a kind of amuse bouche, I guess, and a caramel popcorn (not everyone loves it--it has a funny spice in it, though I can't recall what it is now) with your bill, so factor that in when trying to determine how much food you'll want to order.

    Also, if you're having trouble deciding, they are good about describing what everything is. In fact, I like to have them describe the dishes even when I've already decided!

    Have a great time and please report back.

    ~TDQ

    1. I am heading to 112 Eatery this weekend for the first time. Has anyone been there recently? Any spring recommendations or things I shouldn't miss?

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      1. re: sullysully

        I was there last night and can tell you that the stringozzi wth lamb sugo is still on the menu, as is the tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs. I was pretty happy with a plate of the gnocchi (not at all gummy, yay!) and the grilled/seared/whatdidtheydo escarole with anchovy.

        The mussels were good but did not make our socks roll up & down.

        1. re: KTFoley

          Is the escarole fishy, or just salty from the anchovy?

          1. re: sullysully

            Neither, it's more of a depth of flavor. The anchovy wasn't added straight in as you sometimes see it in caesar salad, but more like a tiny little bit was mashed into the liquid that remained after then shallots (I think?) were sauteed and the escarole got its heat treatment.

            1. re: KTFoley

              I agree with the pps. I always focus on the apps and sides here, less on the entrees. Sharing an entree is good to increase the variety of tastes you experience. Two things I love are the crab salad, very springy and fresh tasting and a newer dessert, the butterscotch budino. Its a lovely butterscotch pudding/custard with sprinkles of coarse salt on top. Have fun!

      2. I had dinner at 112 Eatery last night and the food was great. We split a few appetizers (the lamb scottadito and scallops), then the sirlion and stringozzi with lamb sugo for our entrees with the escarole and gnocchi. We finished with the butterscotch budino. Everything was exceptional, and a great place for a date. I was less than impressed with our service, though, which I found surprising. Our server wasn't really personable and wasn't around a lot, or at all really. I don't like service that is constantly hovering, but she was barely at the table once we ordered. All in all, though, a great experience. Thanks to everyone for your help!

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        1. re: sullysully

          weird! i've always had very fine service at 112, and this is the first time i've heard of anything else there. glad you had a great meal though.

          1. re: sullysully

            Thank you, sullysully, for reporting back. Glad to hear a couple of recent reports that all is well at 112 Eatery. (I wonder how Alix, the OP's special dinner went? I hope she reports back someday!)

            The stringozzi with lamb sugo and gnocchi are two of my favorites.

            I have to say, most of the time, I have really swell service at 112 Eatery. But, it was more along the lines of the more requests we made (ie., the more questions we had about the menu or the more small dishes we ordered relative to the number of people dinin -- instead of ordering entrees--...etc.) the more the service shined. The one occasion that occurs to me where we came in, simply ordered, and ordered a "more typical" meal with entrees instead of a zillion small plates to share, the service seemed "only fine." It wasn't bad, it just wasn't exceptional. But, neither had we made exceptional demands...

            ~TDQ

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              It might have also been the fact that I felt like my pronunciations were being critiqued when I ordered. For example I ordered the lamb scottadito (butchering scottadito) and she said "now you want the scottadito (pronounced correctly)?". I am sure that she knew what I meant, it's the only lamb appetizer. It also happened with the stringozzi and my wine choice. I found it off-putting.

              I think that our service was an anomaly, and it won't keep me from going back.