I have read about Victory 44 (and Travail) quite a bit but never dined at either. We live in South Minneapolis near the river so the north end of north Minneapolis is about as far away as we can get and still be in the city limits. But since we were in the neighborhood Friday night we decided to swing by and give it try.
It was about 8:30PM and the place was pretty full but their was a table for two available for us. Drink menus were distributed but for food we needed to read the chalk boards. We weren't close the boards and the lighting wasn't doing my aging eyes any favors so a trip to the board was required to read the menu.
Service was very good and we settled on the $28, 3 course menu. (Price wise if you buy an appetizer and Entree you might as well get the 3 course menu with a desert.)
My wife and I both really enjoyed the meal. I had the apple salad for the starter and she had the "Beet Textures". For the main I had a lovely hanger steak sliced thin and served over some very tasty lentils and she had the lamb terrine. The deserts were also excellent.
In general, I thought all dishes were beautiful and presented with a nice explanation of ingredients by the server, extremely tasty and satisfying.
That's as goods as gets, right?
Went on a Sunday about a month ago after not going since Travail opened / a bad visit / a friend having a horrible bridal shower visit. Friends forgave, so I gave it another whirl. Had read how (allegedly) vegetarian friendly they could be. Got a taleggio agnolotti that was quite good and was spruced up with extra veg with the omission of the meat, but the portion is still a bit small. Dessert was a pear dish that was pretty good, but that portion vs. cost vs. food cost was quite askew in my opinion. Still good food, nice place, worth a visit, but it's really just a back up for me when I'm in the area and Travail is too busy / closed.