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Hazel's Northeast

shadowfax | Jun 29, 2011 09:53 AM

Looks like this one isn't in the database yet (or I missed it), so for the record, it's at 2859 Johnson St NE in north(east) Minneapolis.

I liked it. It's close to home and my SO and I have been meaning to try it for some time now. We finally did last night. The bleu fries (fries with chunks of bleu, bacon crumbles, and ranch dressing for dipping) started us off on the right foot, if a totally unhealthy one that probably moved my first heart attack up 3 or 4 years. She had a cup of melon and carrot gazpacho soup. Very nice, with good crunch from small chunks of celery. I went with the boring choice - house salad with ranch. Some of the freshest greens I've ever had in a restaurant, anywhere. I almost suspected (but forgot to confirm) that they're growing them in a garden out back.

We both had the Swedish meatballs for the entree. They're served on a bed of garlic mashed, and have a little dollop of lingonberry preserves. A very good, simple dish. Comfort food. Sadly, we didn't have room to sample the desserts.

At $35 (pre-tip) for the both of us, the price was almost ridiculously reasonable. This is not fine dining, and you won't find any foam or nitrogen-frozen experiments going on here, but the food is locally sourced, harvested-5-minutes-ago fresh, and good. We'll be back again.

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