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Charcuterie and more? MSP

AmandaAnn Apr 8, 2009 09:05 PM

I just got the idea that I like charcuterie plates. Where are all the places in MSP that I can get this sort of thing? What's your favorite and why?

And actually, don't feel you have to limit to menu items actually called "charcuterie", let me know things to order that could fall into that general idea too. Thanks!

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    AmandaAnn May 23, 2009 08:44 PM

    Hey thanks everyone! On your advice we've been to 112 Eatery and Craftsman so far. First time we went to either place.

    112 Eatery's plate is definitely a steal of a deal at only $9.00! I'm sure I could eat the whole thing myself, but it was fun and plenty to share with another person. We assumed it was going to be a small plate and so also ordered another appetizer, plus we each got entrees, and then (since it was kind of a celebration outing) we piled on dessert, and although it was wonderful and worth it, I overstuffed myself. I would totally go back, for a regular night out, and just get the charcuterie plate to share and wine and dessert. Yum!

    Craftsman was also a great time. About a week after we went the article in Citypages came out about their chef who handmakes all the items on the plate. I really liked the cheesy crackers that came with it, which was more interesting for trying out the different flavors than with the usual bread. Since I gather the offerings change, I look forward to going back and trying it again later this summer.

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    1. re: AmandaAnn
      dave43 Nov 8, 2009 05:53 PM

      Just got back from Northern Waters Smokehaus and got some Salamani. This stuff is ridiculous. Get some before the secret is out. Although the secret is actually out as The owner won first prize at Batali's annual salami contest at Salumi in Seattle.

      Northern Waters Smokehaus
      394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802

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      tex.s.toast Apr 9, 2009 09:25 AM

      I can say that all these options are good ones, with the exception of vincent as i dont get down to nicollet mall too often and have never eaten there (let alone charcuterie). Alas, there was no charcuterie option at alma last night - so i had to settle for some outstanding bison tartar.

      Another place to add to the list is Erte in NE. I think its only available as a meats and cheese plate, but at around 10 bucks it was a really good deal and an excellent pairing with their nice (and cheap) happy hour selections.

      Another thought would be cheeky monkey. I know their meats (and some cheeses) are available on boards as opposed to the usual sandwiches. they taste great on bread so id imagine their (mostly homade/cured) meats would be pretty good all on their own, too.

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        snoboardbabe77 Apr 9, 2009 12:33 PM

        Nicollet Island Inn has a Charcuterie plate. I do not know if it would meet your standards but I rather enjoyed it last time I was there. Good variety for the price.

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          dave43 May 15, 2009 06:55 AM

          any local markets carry Charcuterie? Also real Charcuterie not using additives.

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            soupkitten May 15, 2009 01:45 PM

            you mean supermarkets & butchers?

            start with clancey's, kramarczuks, and the co-op butcher departments (wedge, seward & big mississippi market would be 1st picks)

            Mississippi Market Food Co-Op
            622 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

            Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
            2823 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

            Kramarczuk East European Deli
            215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            Wedge Community Co-Op
            2105 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

            Clancey's Meats & Fish
            4307 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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        churchka Apr 9, 2009 07:53 AM

        The Craftsman has an excellent one. It changes often, so I can't tell you exactly what would be on it. We always get it if we are going with a group. Usually some pates, some salamis, some ham. Really good and they try to do local whenever possible.

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          soupkitten Apr 9, 2009 04:26 PM

          2nd this. often features mike phillips' aged ham- 2 years, 3 years old, as well as rabbit or pheasant terrines/pates and house pickled vegetables. love it.

        2. Jordan Apr 9, 2009 05:02 AM

          112 Eatery has a great one. It's on their menu as 'cold cuts and pickles.' The platter is really very large. It includes oustanding imported prosciutto (like buttah!), mortadella, another meat or two, some cheese, two great house-made patés, violet mustard, house-made pickles and pickled peppers, toasted baguette, and possibly something else I'm forgetting.

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            LauraB Apr 8, 2009 09:35 PM

            I had a really nice charcuterie plate at the bar at Vincent a while ago. It had a nice mix of different cured meats and nice and strong mustard. Strip Club Meat and Fish also had some nice cured meats/sausages on their small plate menu.

            1. mitch cumstein Apr 8, 2009 09:17 PM

              I just had the wild boar head cheese, or fromage de tete as they called it, with pickled chard and cranberry mustard...Thank you chef...so many levels of interplay there, everything was so balanced once you got the ratio correct on the fork...creamy fat, crunchy chard and nice mustard bite...

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                AnneInMpls Apr 8, 2009 09:24 PM

                Very nice, but where did you have this, Mitch?


                P.S. If Alma ever has charcuterie or salami or sliced meat as an appetizer, order it! It's always fabulous.

                1. re: AnneInMpls
                  mitch cumstein Apr 8, 2009 09:41 PM

                  ummm...yeah. Heartland...wow

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