I went to North Minneapolis last night to try Victory 44. I started with the beets and blue which was really outstanding. I then had the chicken and gritz. Good flavors. Yes it is in-expensive but the portions were small. Still hungry, I split a burger with a firend which was very good. They make there own ketchup which I loved. Heard good things at my table regarding the steak and gnochi as well. Fun place to try but I would plan on ordering more than one entree. I had a bite of the reuben which was very good as well.
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
Now you'll have to try Travail Kitchen & Amusements. Some of the V44 staff left and started their own place.
There are also a few threads on V44 here, check them out.
It was a beautiful day to eat on a patio, and I wanted to see how V-44 was doing after all the menu iterations and turnover. Quite well, it turns out, at least in terms of product.
I had the glazed chicken wings and the country pork rib.
The chicken wings were excellent. Rather than crisping the skin, these were almost rotisserie style, with a peanut coating for crunch.
The glaze was powerfully flavored; a lot of zest without being cloyingly Asian. The skin absorbed it nicely. Ordinarily, you might expect the skin to be flaccid or greasy, but that was not the case. The chicken itself was really moist and flavorful. These are up there with the best in the cities.
The country pork rib had some real highs. It should be noted that the portion is dinner entree size for $8. The meaty rib is accompanied by fingerling potatoes topped by a piquant corn gravy.
I loved the corn and potatoes. Shishito peppers tied together the sweetness of the corn, the citrusy butter, and bacon bits. It was a great balance to the richness of the pork.
If I were to nitpick, I'd want the rib cooked a bit longer to render the fat and get more sear, and maybe smaller fingerlings. The latter more or less reflects my preference for crispy fingerlings. Still, I found the dish remarkably balanced, and full of southern charm.
For $13 , I was painfully stuffed, and this remains one of my absolute favorites in Minneapolis regardless of price.
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