Chicken liver tart
Heyday (address and info)
If it were possible to pack heaven into a pastry, this -- a rich chicken liver mousse, topped with a seasonal fruit compote, and then garnished with an array of herbs and seasonal pickled vegetables -- would be the way.
112 Eatery (address and info)
This tartare is basically one big raw burger with an egg yolk on top, served with buttery toast points. It’s listed as an appetizer, but it’s easily a meal unto itself… and might be even better than the menu’s regular burger.
Zen Box Izakaya (address and info)
The broth has a beautiful amount of fat, which makes it nice and creamy, but not overly heavy. Then there’s the tender pork belly, the soft-cooked egg, and the perfectly cooked noodles. When it comes down to it, this is the ultimate bowl of ramen in the Twin Cities.
Fish taco torta
Tilia (address and info)
It’s perfectly fried, while remaining juicy and flakey on the inside, and topped with a sweet and spicy peppadew pepper slaw and crispy tortilla chips, all served on a buttery, soft bun. It’s an ideal combination of flavors and texture making it one of the best hot sandwiches in the city by a long shot.
Poached foie gras with toasted brioche & preserved fruit
La Belle Vie (address and info)
La Belle Vie is possibly the highest-regarded restaurant in the whole of the Twin Cities, so most people tend to think that it's out of their price range. Truth be told though, it’s really not that bad, especially if you go in and hit up its bar menu, where you’ll find this beautifully executed, classic foie gras dish, which rings in at a mere $12.
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