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When Minneapolis chef Isaac Becker (formerly of D'Amico Cucina and Café Lurcat) and his wife Nancy St. Pierre (a decade in the front of the house at Cucina) opened their homey little downtown restaurant with its cozy booths, they changed the face of fine dining in Minneapolis. First, there's finally a spot for chef-created food until 1:00 a.m. on the weekend and midnight during the week. Second, there's a bacon-and-egg sandwich that will just about make your head fly off your shoulders with pure propulsive joy: a high-heat-fried, still creamy egg, sweet, chewy thick-cut bacon, white toast, a swipe of smoky harissa, that north African red-pepper paste, and a fresh sprig of cilantro. The real revolution here, though, is that, while they excel at fine dining, they're really Minnesota's first fine-dining industry insider's restaurant, a place designed to meet the very high, and very specific, fine food and fine wine expectations of people who spend their lives in the world of fine dining, but have the tax returns of an everyday Joe. And the upstairs space makes room for a lot more of those Joes.
We've been spending the last few days getting to know Dennis Leaf-Smith, chef de cuisine at 112 Eatery (click here to view part 1 and part 2 of the interview). As the restaurant hits the seven-year... More »
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. Isaac Becker has much to be thankful for, and he knows it. The restaur... More »
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to email@example.com. No. 25: 1... More »
The other night, well past midnight, I watched with some sadness as a grown man carried a frozen pizza home from the corner gas station. While I sympathize with the occasional craving for shrink-wrapped, cardboard-backed foods, and will even make... More »
Few restaurants in the metro can hold a candle to the ridonculous creativity of the team at 112 Eatery. Their menu is as diverse as the crowd at Nye's, but what may surprise you is that this Minneapolis comfort-food classic also features a roster of killer sandwiches. The burger is ultra decadent, the bánh mì is inspiring, but the best option is the identity crisis that is the bacon, egg, and harrisa sandwich. We're not sure whether to call this American comfort, North African... More »
To evaluate a restaurant's ability to satisfy solo diners, put it to the ultimate test: Visit the place at 9 p.m. on a Friday night. That's the time when people who don't have plans are inclined to stay home--so nobody will find out that they're spending the evening alone. But then they'd miss out on a meal at 112 Eatery memorable enough to be worth fighting through downtown's obnoxious party crowd. When dining by yourself, it's easy to snag a seat at the bar and find entertainment by... More »
Used to be, in this town, that late-night dining meant snagging a table at Little T's for a burrito that tasted like it just died and came out of a microwave. But the 112 Eatery changed all that. Designed as a place for post-shift chefs to wind down, 112 Eatery serves full gourmet meals until close, which is midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on weekends. So take a seat in one of the deep booths--the ones along the wall that make you feel like you're somebody--and order a... More »
When 112 Eatery opened, it brought not just another new restaurant to the Twin Cities --it brought a new type of restaurant altogether. While we have had chef-driven restaurants of high cooking talent open on shoestrings before (Auriga); while we have had D'Amico Cucina alumni bringing their highfalutin foods to the masses before (Solera); while we have had fancy restaurants serve late at night before (Azia, Barbette); and while we have had restaurants priced for everyday dining that... More »
More than a restaurant, brand-new 112 Eatery is the flower of a restaurant community coming of age. Listen up: Appetizers aren't the typical calamari and bruschetta food-cost boosters. Instead, they skip that and go straight for the good stuff: lamb chops seared to a perfection of fire and meadow. A Boston Bibb lettuce salad in a dressing of the fattest olive oil and the freshest herbs. Entrées aren't the expected $23 salmon and $19 chicken quarter; in fact, you're encouraged to skip... More »
Someone read our minds. We wanted a fine-dining restaurant where the food lived up to the description, but with environs cozy enough that we could feel comfortable after a show, dressed in First Ave casual. We wanted a spectrum of reasonably priced, well-thought-out menu items. We wanted this food, in these classy but comfortable surroundings, to be available well after the normal 10:00 p.m. closing time. And now, in the former home of Franks A Million, among other things, we finally have... More »
Used to be, in this town, that late-night dining meant snagging a table at Little T's for a burrito that tasted like it just died and came out of a microwave. But the 112 Eatery changed all that. Designed as a place for post-shift chefs to wind down, 112 Eatery serves full gourmet meals until close, which is midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on weekends. So take a seat in one of the deep booths—the ones along the wall that make you feel like you're somebody—and order a few of the small plates, maybe the lamb scottadito with goat's-milk yogurt, the pan-fried gnocchi, the cauliflower fritters, or the sautéed sweetbreads in a clam-and-porcini sauce. The menu offers everything from a humble bacon-and-egg sandwich slathered with harissa to, say, a more haute monkfish served with roasted salsify and crab. The food at 112 is so good that it's nearly impossible to find a table during peak hours without a reservation. But if you go late, you can reap the rewards of spontaneity.
May be one of the best restaurants in the Twin Cities Everytime I've dined there it has been great. Great food, good service and reasonable prices. Reservations are hard to come by between 6.30 and 9 but chance it and sit at the bar.
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