Minneapolis might not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of great food, but you will have a change of heart after reading about Haute Dish, the amazing restaurant I found on my most recent Minneapolis layover. I loved everything about this place, from the wood bound menus, to the cute little pig logo, to the cocktail list, to what goes without saying . . . the food!!!!
I started with a Cajun Daquiri from the cocktail menu – cajun spiced rum, lime, sugar and bitters. The spice gave it just the right amount of kick.
For dinner I went with the Classic Tasting Menu, which you should definitely order. It’s comprised of Haute Dish’s three specialties, and is a great sampling of Midwest cuisine with a very, very interesting flair. The House Salad, Mac n’ Cheese, and Tater Tot Hautedish. The first course, the house salad, is described as a South Dakota steakhouse style salad. Imagine a classic wedge, taken to the next level with a combination of French and blue cheese dressings, ice cold iceberg lettuce, tomato, rolled cucumber slices, bacon and red onion. It may sound simple, but it was anything but.
Next was the mac n’ cheese. Taleggio, king crab, celery, truffle oil and tobiko. Taleggio happens to be one of my most favorite cheeses, one I’ve never had in a mac n’ cheese dish, so I’m definitely biased towards this dish. It was incredible.
The third course, the Tator Tot Hautedish, was so amazing I don’t know what to say other than you need to go to Minneapolis ASAP. Short rib, which was so tender and delicious, green beans and tots – the tots were large with a smooth and creamy filling, unlike the “tater tots” you may be used to. This was unlike anything I’ve ever had before, and I loved it.
Just when I thought I was stuffed to the gills, I found out the seasonal dessert special was Baked Alaska. So I had no choice but to have some Baked Alaska, and a Cold Press Martini – house vanilla vodka, cold press (coffee), Kahlua and cream. Wow, reliving my experience and seeing these pics again makes me want to get back to Minneapolis as soon as I can.
So, in conclusion, I would go to Minneapolis in the winter, in -30 degree weather with 2 feet of snow on the ground, to eat at Haute Dish again. And you should, too. They are located at 119 North Washington Avenue.