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Heartland (St. Paul, MN, split from February 2008 "mid-month dining out highlights MSP" thread)

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This is probably as good of a thread as any to add my review.

I went to Heartland last night with my sister (for her birthday) and my parents. We got the fingerling potatoes with scallion butter and smoked pork croquettes as starters. Both were excellent.

From there, we all split up.

I got the 3 course tasting: Seared fois gras with strawberries and a grilled croustade to start. This was my first time having fois gras and I was really looking forward to it. Maybe I'm missing something, but it tasted like...nothing. Is that normal? Beyond that, half the croustade was burnt to the point of being inedible. Oh well, that was the only real hiccup in the night. Main was pork loin with spring greens, baby fennel and leak cream. That was very good.

The other mains ordered were: whitefish (Dad), wild boar chop (mom) and duck breast (sister). Everyone was delighted with their choices, which is impressive considering my Dad almost never compliments restaurant food. We all shared bits, and I must say, the boar was incredible. It was first experience with that as well.

My dessert was white chocolate pot de creme with maple syrup glazed pecans and coriander cornmeal cookies (it was outstanding). My sister got the chocolate mousse charlotte, which had quite a potent alcohol taste. It wasn't a big hit with us.

Overall, loved the experience. I like the vibe of that little place, the kitchen being right in the dining room, etc. I will definitely be going back.

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  1. Thank you for your report. It's always fun to hear reports on Heartland because the menu is so different from day to day.

    Hmmm...I don't know if I'd say foie gras tastes like nothing, but, then again, I can't really describe the taste. I guess it is one of those dishes that takes on the taste of what it's cooked with. To me, foie gras is more about the incredible rich texture, I guess, than anything.

    I love pot de creme in general and am so intrigued by the white chocolate pot de creme and coriander cornmeal cookies. Were the cookies savory or sweet?

    ~TDQ

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      The texture of the foie gras was something I definitely noticed. In terms of taste, it took on the sear to a certain extent. The glazed strawberries added something too. Like I said, I've never had it before, so I can't compare it to anything.

      In terms of the cookies, they were more sweet. The citrus flavor of the coriander really came through. Great dessert overall.

      1. re: BigE

        I guess as far as taste I would describe it as tasting like fat. Rish, luscious, melty fat. With a bit of a minerally quality from the iron in the liver. DId it taste like that?

        1. re: cheeseguysgirl

          My friends and I refer to it as "meat butter".