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MPLS: 112 Eatery

McGeary | Jan 28, 200506:22 PM

Okay, fellow 'hounds, I have thought long and hard before posting this message. I discovered a great new place last night . . . but it's really tiny and I fear I'll never get a table again if the hordes descend. On the other hand, it was so good that they deserve all success, so here you go.

112 Eatery, 112 N. 3rd St. in the Warehouse District. If I'm remembering correctly, the owners used to work at Cafe Lurcat and La Belle Vie. 112 has an eclectic menu that features many small plates. Here's what my companion and I ate:

- Scottaditi. Three tiny lamb chops, pounded thin, pan-fried and served atop a yogurt-mint sauce. Heavenly.
- Scallops with wild mushrooms. Two large scallops, perfectly seared, on a bed of several different kinds of 'shrooms. Excellent.
- Choucroute bread pudding. So unusual-sounding we had to try it -- savory bread pudding with sauerkraut and bits of meat. Also heavenly.

We shared those three small starters and each had a half-portion of an entree (several entrees are so offered -- the portions are very small, but that lets you try more things). My entree was a short-rib chili that was not spicy in the least, but contained meat of a melting, silky texture I've never had before. Really good. And T. had gnocchi with braised artichokes, which looked to have been pan-fried together, and which was also a very lovely dish.

Dessert: Tres leches cake for him. Very tasty, especially as it sat a while and sopped up its sauce. I had a beautiful pine-nut tart. Unusual and not too sweet. A perfect finish to the meal.

He had a vodka martini, I had a nice glass of tempranillo. We were greeted with small bowls of spiced almonds and green olives. Service was great, the space is cozy and romantic, and I can't say enough good things. Our total bill was 70 bucks, which seemed paltry considering that we tried so many dishes. We left very, very happy.

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