Minneapolis, MN 55406
City Pages' Description
Parka, the new Longfellow coffee shop and restaurant, is brought to you by a trifecta of Minneapolis institutions: Dogwood Coffee, Rustica Bakery, and Victory 44. Taking the strongest parts of each business, Parka emphasizes carefully sourced ingredients, the subversion of expectations, and elaborate yet playful composition and presentation, all delivered in a casual setting. The result is both humble and high-end. Parka's interior is like a brightly accented lodge, updated for the modern age. Its food, from Victory 44 chef Erick Harcey, is classic Minnesota: goulash, chicken wild rice soup, even cranberry jello salad—but surprising at at every turn: Ham-and-pickle tots, rabbit meatballs (in the form of two little sandwiches with apricot-and-pistachio chutney), a take on chicken wild rice soup, which is as comforting as the original but tastes far more exotic, a meatloaf sandwich with bacon-tomato jam, and a fish fry with spicy (jalapenos) and sweet (pineapple) notes. Thanks to Rustica and strong in-house pastry talent, desserts here are no slouches, either, such as a deconstructed banana cream pie, and a selection of homemade bars and Rustica cookies that come with a flight of three local milks.
Tips from foursquare
Salty ham and diced pickles are folded into a creamy croquette batter, deep fried until pleasantly crunchy on the outside and still a bit melty in the middle. Served with a meringue-like whip.
Olive bread, fruit & nut bread and chocolate chip cookies are delicious!
Rethink eating here. The service is the dismal. No sense of urgency or respect for diners.
Three in the restaurant two servers at the counter. Yet nobody to take an order....
May I suggest the Breakfast Fries? Solidly delicious. And then you can absolve your guilt by eating the Kale salad like I did.
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