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Restaurants & Bars Minneapolis-St. Paul Dinner Meal Review


SarahInMinneapolis | | May 1, 2014 07:57 PM

Helloooo, Heyday!

May we not say “goodbye” for a very long time.

You, Heyday (collectively, all of you involved) are exactly what we have been looking for, for a very long time.

A neighborhood joint where everything works: The food, the drink, the ambiance, the service and the price point.

The kind of place where we concluded, “Hello, Heyday, we will be back … and often!”

We were a party of six, turned into eight. [Heyday easily accommodated our last minute party number changes.]

Started out sharing “apps,” the lower-priced upper part of the menu. All were good. Then we each ordered from the bottom of the menu, the proteins. Sharing the “apps” was our only mistake. One should each order an app or salad, and then a protein.

Breads. The menu specifies you have to ask for bread. Do!

Two kinds of rustic breads, one a boule, the other, rolls, from “recycled grains” from …. Indeed Brewery? [Professional reviewers can get these details right.]

Breads served with house-churned butter. Make that salted, house-churned butter. Yum!

No charge for the breads, and we had several rounds. Breads of the earth.

A reasonably priced wine list.

Awesome service. The right level. Not intrusive. Not exclusive. People who you want to think will remember you when you come back. [Will find that out, shortly.]

Raves for the asparagus, the chicken liver tart, the beet salad, the pork, the branzino. Raves for the prices on the wine list. We ordered a number of bottles.

[Sidebar: I had the malt-grilled pork, and the flavor was fantastic. Who would have thought to do a sauce in sun chokes and sunflower seeds? Who doesn’t like ramps, this time of year?]

Ambiance? Chandeliers hung on rafters. Kind of like the unfinished third floor in my old house. Perfect. A noise level that conveys energy, while enabling -- not discouraging -- the kind of conversation you expect to have with people you like to eat with -- and converse with. [Hello, Burch? You don’t have that. And, you don’t have a price point where I will return often.]

Out with a group of friends who have tried every new restaurant in town for 16 years.

We all agreed: Heyday hits it out of the park.

One final note. This is a place you can dine with friends, or dine alone. Love my friends, but I almost envied the gentleman enjoying his meal at the communal table in the bar. I’ll be stopping by solo soon to see what happens at that table.

Because Heyday seems like the kind of place where you have no qualms about doing that.

My kind of place.