The Butcher's Block [MSP]
So I was biking down E Hennepin today, and the old Fugaise sign has been replaced by one that says, "The Butcher's Block" where the "B"'s have been replaced with meat cleavers. My wife said she heard people talking about it at the Stag, and that it is to be a wing-joint only open late-nights.
Does anyone know anything about this place?
I visited the Butcher Block last night. The space is much the same as it was as Fugaise, IIRC. As you might know from looking at the menu online, it's kind of like they thought up two restaurant ideas and smacked them together: one is a nice mid-range Italian place, and one is a late-night wing joint. This works very well on the drink menu - lots of very reasonably priced wine - but is a little odd on the food menu.
We decided to stick with the Italian and will leave the wings to another night. For starters we got grilled octopus and fried chicken hearts and gizzards. The octopus was great, very tender with a nice sweetness and char - we really, really liked it. The chicken bits were good, according to my companion who likes that sort of thing (I'm not big on offal). Then we shared a rigatoncini with tomatoes, basil, mozz, smoked paprika and guanciali, and braised short ribs. Both of these were very good; I think the guancili was made in-house, I wished I had a little more of it but I'm greedy like that. We skipped desert because at that point we were very full.
So overall: service was good, food was good, prices reasonable, open very late - I recommend. We will be back to try some of the many types of wings.
This is the new venture of Filippo Caffari, and Darrin Koch from I Nonni. I have read a wing place, but I have also have heard a small menu of pastas and steaks, which makes more sense to me, but who knows. The kitchen hours are scheduled to be late, 2am during the week and 4 am on the weekends. I stopped by Sat. just to check, but I have heard the 16th as the opening. I will report back, definitely on the must try list this week.