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Nov 13, 2009 06:54 PM

112 Eatery, any current favorites ? (msp)

We have made a reservation at 112 Eatery for the weekend of 11/22. I'm not sure how much the menu changes but any recent input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance !

112 Eatery
112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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  1. Jfood is bumping this thread because Tony O has been a great poster back east and jfood recommended that he post for current favorites at 112. Jfood loves the foie gras meatballs, the gnocchi and the steak. His last two attempts at the burger were disappointing.

    Could the MSP hounds help out Tony O with any recent choices? BTW he is coming to yell and scream for the Vikings.


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    1. re: jfood

      I also like the meatballs/tagliatelle & the gnocchi. The charcuterie plate (cold cuts & pickles) is outstanding. The mortadella & gougere sandwich is pretty good.

      If the butterscotch budino is still on the dessert menu, you have my permission to kill, maim, or torture to get it. Or just order it, if that's how you roll.

      1. re: jfood

        unfortunately i have not been to 112 in over 6 months, & so i don't have squeaky-fresh menu recs, &i didn't respond to Tony right away :( however the stringozzi with lamb sugo is a board favorite (and is delicious). i like the mussels starter very much, and have eaten it as my main--it's big enough, with bread--but i haven't tried the blue prawns, hmm. the gnocchi are what the hashbrowns in heaven would be. i've tried versions of the ponzu steak and the halibut that were exceptionally good. the one time i ordered sweetbreads at 112 they were not very good however, i was shocked. i think s. wahdi at saffron across the street has a much better hand with offal. if Tony won't get another chance to sample izzy's ice cream while in msp, should definitely get a taste for dessert at 112.

        as a general rule the staff at 112 are quite competent at rec-ing the latest and greatest menu changes, when they *are* great, or ever-so-slightly nudging toward the old classics, when they aren't quite there.

        heck i want to follow this thread myself, in order to plan my next menu attack at 112!!

        1. re: jfood

          Haven't been in roughly 2 months, so can't comment on any recent menu additions. If you're a tartare fan, I believe they have the best in the city. It's outstanding. And for desserts, absolutely NOTHING against the budino, but I have dreams about the tres leches's unbelievable (VERY sweet). For entrees, I'm also a big fan of the tagliatelle w/ fois gras meatballs...great pasta, great meatballs.

          1. re: jfood

            JFood, nice to know a hound with clout ! If you ever need Burlington, VT advice, let me know !

            1. re: TonyO

    's called Minnesota Nice

          2. We went last night.

            The bread pudding is awesome (not a desert). The escarole with anchovy is delicious. I always love the foie salad and lamb scottadito as well as both pastas, and the budino is a must try though it is VERY sweet.

            Underwhelmed by the crab salad.

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            1. re: Foureyes137

              Thanks JFood (for getting the ball rolling) and others for info. We are looking forward to our 1st visit. I'm sure everything will be great at Alma, 112, and Hell's Kitchen (especially if the Vikes win !). Look for my report after the 23rd.

              Hell's Kitchen
              80 South 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

              1. re: Foureyes137

                A strong second here for the escarole with anchovy and the lamb scottadito. I also like the tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs.

                I'm not a fan of the tres leches cake; it's entirely too sweet for my taste. I think the burgers are overrated, and am sorry to say that I've tried the cauliflower fritters x3, and each time thought they were too salty and limp.

                1. re: clepro

                  I third the escarole and the lamb scottadito. agree about burgers being overrated. haven't liked any desserts, may have only had chocolate pot de creme which was super big and intense, kind of overkill for my taste.

              2. I relied on the recommendations from others when I went to 112 Eatery recently, and I can understand why all of these are board favorites: cold cuts w/ pickles, cauliflower fritters, pan-fried gnocchi w/ parmesan reggiano, stringozzi w/ lamb sugo, tagliatelle w/ foie gras meatballs, butterscotch budino.

                112 Eatery
                112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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                1. re: StPauliGirl

                  We returned tonight from our weekend in MSP. Our stop at 112 was great. We had a 7:30 reservation that ran a bit late. The only issue is that there is virtually no where to stand as the place is very crowded by the entrance/bar. No big deal, we chatted with a few other folks waiting as well.

                  We started off with a bottle of Billecart -Salmon (little splurge for our anniversary). We ordered the cauliflower fritters (ok, probably the weakest item of the night), the gnocchi (perfect rendition), the lamb scottadito (very good), a seared scallop and shitake mushroom dish (excellent), the foie gras with tagliatelle (absolutely AMAZING !!!) and two desserts, the tres leches and the budion (the budion being the favorite of the two). Our server (Matt) was professional, well paced, and friendly. Overall, a great meal.

                  We also stopped at Sea Change for cocktails and appetizerson Saturday afternoon (the pork belly sliders with fried oyster, tomato jam, and shaved horseradish were worth a stop alone). Nice upscale space near the Guthrie Theater. Also, we had a drink at OM, and Indian restaurant near 112 Eatery. Seemed like one of the "hip" spots in town and may be worth a look. Details about our great meal at Alma will be posted under that thread.

                  Thanks for the recs. Minneapolis is a great city with one hell of a footballl team !

                  1. re: TonyO


                    Another satisfied customer.