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May 16, 2009 05:36 PM

MSP Victory 44

Just had a great burger ( the Perfect Burger, as I recall) at Victory 44, the new place that replaced Sauced ( 44th and Penn AVe N. )

Also had a Scottish Egg...very nice. Included an aioli mustard. French Fries were good, with an awesome homemade catsup.

Very friendly waitstaff.

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  1. Was going to go there this week, but they don't have a liquor license yet, and I wanted a beer. I worry that this is really going to hurt them, and hope they get it resolved quickly. Good grief, can't the city expedite this process when the previous tenants had them?

    Glad to know the food is good.

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    1. re: kevin47

      Okay, I decided to give it a whirl anyway, since it's in the neighborhood. They use their imperial pint glasses for water, which is rather obviously not their intended purpose.

      I had the scotch egg and the Reuben. The egg was top-notch, accompanied by a nice pickle side salad scenario. Not greasy, and not watery (a common pitfall with this dish). The Reuben was solid. I would compare it (favorably) to Cheeky Monkey. Gruyere cheese and a pickled cabbage topper set it apart from the rest.

      The french fries are the narrow kind, coated with sea salt, and served with a homemade ketchup that really tasted fresh.

      All in all, I think this has the makings of the best bar at this location in awhile. I mean, as soon as they get the bar part squared away.

    2. Revisited today with a friend. Had a glass of wine, so the bar part must have changed, recently.

      Friend had Reuben and was impressed favorably...the best she'd had in a long time. Partner revisited the Perfect Burger and again was pleased. I had biscuits and gravy and wonderful.

      We also shared an apple salad...greens, apple slivers, candied walnuts and a nice dressing-lemon flavoring and light

      A very enjoyable meal.

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      1. re: type2runner

        And they have their liquor license!

        1. re: kevin47

          Do you know how willing they are to prepare vegetarian meals? The pickings seemed pretty slim on their online menu.

          We're in the neighborhood, so we used to frequent Sauced, and likely would frequent Victory 44 too, if they can accomodate TCL's veggie ways.

          1. re: Danny

            I called them when they opened and inquired about this. Their response was that they are very interested in making a dish work for a vegetarian, and that this philosophy extends beyond simply offering vegetarian options. Take that as you will.

      2. I love Scotch Eggs. Thank you, thank you.

        1. went here this afternoon and tried the Perfect Burger. it was pretty damn good, one of the better burgers I have had recently. the fries were good, but the serving size is much smaller than most places. the homemade ketchup was a nice touch.

          I like this place a lot and its about 2 miles from me. now BDP wont have to be the first thing that comes to mind when I want to go out for a burger. can't wait to try the other stuff.

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          1. re: getgot211

            The burger is fantastic, as is most of the food there. The one sour note I found is the namesake dish. It's described as pork belly, sausage and pancetta with various greens and a bacon jus. Actually, the dish is sort of a British pho, and the bacon jus is the broth. It's just way too salty, and I say that as someone who really likes salt. It's a shame, cause all the other ingredients were very well prepared.

            1. re: kevin47

              I completely agree about the salty bacon jus in the "Victory 44" dish; it's way too overpowering. In the end I did my best to eat around the broth, which is difficult because it's...broth. Although my husband and I were disappointed in the taste of our entrees (he had the fish boil) and the beer list, we had a decent first experience with Victory 44, which is documented on our blog:


          2. We've been there a few times, as it is the best restaurant walking distance from our house.

            The dinners we've had there have been good, but nothing I would send someone across town to seek out. If you're in the neighborhood, you should be eating dinner there. If you're not in the neighborhood, hopefully your 'hood has a similar place.

            Today, we had brunch there. (Or, more correctly, we ordered off the "daytime menu.") I cannot remember the last time a meal left me more pleasantly surprised. The French Toast was absolutely fantastic - unlike any other French Toast I know of currently on a menu in the Twin Cities. (The closest parallel would be the French Toast back when Signature Cafe did their brunches.)

            The menu describes it as: Victory 44 Style, Whiskey Crème, Bananas, Walnuts. What you get is a little loaf of bread that has been soaked in some sort of magical concoction, baked until the outside is crispy, then lovingly sliced onto a plate. It is then topped with something that sort of resembles bananas foster, with a dab of the Creme on top. It tastes like a light, fluffy bread pudding. Let it soak up a bit of the sauce, add a bit of the perfectly cooked banana to your fork, and you're in heaven.

            As i was eating it all I could think was, "I wish I could channel jfood to describe this." My description does this no justice. But, the next time you're looking for breakfast, try that dish.

            For the sake of completeness, TCL had the Omelette - which for once was nicely portioned. You often see Omelettes that aim for quality over quantity. This one doesn't. It was served with a side of their fried smashed potatoes. At dinner, we thought these were good enough, although they didn't really belong as part of our meal. The entrees had enough served with them that the side of potato really seemed excessive. On a plate with an omelette, is how these should be served. They were a perfect compliment, and I'll admit to stealing more than a bite to go with my french toast. They do a much better job as part of a brunch than as part of a dinner.

            I can't wait to go back, and hit the rest of the Daytime menu. If they expand their hours a bit, I think they'll move to the top of the pack for the weekend brunch crowd.

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            1. re: Danny

              when I went to try the burger I had a hell of a time not ordering the french toast or biscuits and gravy. I love me some breakfast fare, if there is a place around here(Fat Nats was pretty disappointing) finally serving up something good I will be in love.

              1. re: getgot211

                The corn beef hash is very good as well. Not too greasy. A nice balance of crunchy, savory and salty, with quality ingredients all the way around.

                1. re: getgot211

                  Papa's Cafe (not to be confused with the also excellent Papa's Pizza and Pasta) on 42nd just east of Winnetka in Crystal is suprisingly good. Similar menu to Fat Nat's, but waaaay better! (The apple cinnamon french toast is a guilty pleasure when it makes the weekend specials list.)

                  Emily's (kitty corner to Victory 44) is also a pretty decent breakfast joint. Again, simple breakfast menu, nothing nearly as "special" as Victory 44.

                  But, if you're looking for the breakfast staples, and don't want to deal with a drive or a crowd, they're the places to be.