When the need to splurge a bit arises, there are a few places that Derek and I frequent for a foodie fix. Our number one spot? Wise Acre Eatery.
Not too long ago, we headed there on a cold night, eager to sink our teeth into some of the delectable farm-to-table fare that they’re known for. Since we chose to sit at the bar (our favorite seats in the house) we were seated immediately and rewarded with some cold tap beer — Indeed Day Tripper ($6) for me and a Rush River Imperial Double IPA ($7) for Derek. We sipped and pondered the menu a bit, munched on some popcorn, and asked our gracious server/bartender what she thought was outstanding.
She suggested starting off with the ‘Fritter of the Day’ ($8) which happened to be a crispy on the outside, hot and flavorful on the inside, sweet potato fritter. After quickly polishing those off, we munched on the pickled vegetables and bread and cheese on the side while we put in our order for the main course.
Onto the main course. I’ll be the first to admit — I’m a sucker for their Royal Brie and Bacon Burger ($16) made from the Scottish Highland Cows they have on their farm. It’s tender and juicy, and topped off just right with brie, bacon, and the optional (but necessary) onions and micro greens. The fluffy, toasted bun holds it together to perfection. So of course that’s what I ordered on a night of decadence! Derek opted for the Pekin Duck 2 Ways ($35) as it’s a more seasonal dish and he wanted to give it a whirl before the menu changed. He was pleased with his choice — the duck was tender and juicy and played nicely with the root vegetable mash. Those two dishes alone would have been plenty to fill us up, (especially after the fritters) but we had to give the Cider Braised Ham and Potato Gratin ($5) a try. And believe me when I say that this stuff stole the show. The chunks of ham were hefty and incredibly flavorful and perfectly salty. The chunks of potato smothered in cream? cheese? HEAVEN? nearly melted in our mouths as we shoveled it in! We couldn’t believe that a $5 side could taste that good — my mouth is watering now just thinking about it!
No night of indulgence is complete without a bit of dessert, so to round out our meal, we ordered some homemade frozen custard ($3) (with chocolate sauce, obvs). They make new, inventive flavors everyday and it’s the perfect way to top off an excellent dinner.
Our bill came out to around $70 before tip — (really not too terrible for an indulgent meal) but if you’re looking to enjoy Wise Acre Eatery without a hefty price tag, be sure to check out their ‘Burger & Brew 4 U’ deal every day from 3pm-5pm and all night on Sundays and Mondays. You get their excellent burger and any craft beer on tap for $15! Definitely worth every penny.
But don’t take my word for it!
Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Wise Acre on Facebook
Wise Acre on Twitter
Wise Acre on Yelp