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(MSP) Heartland - Anniversary Dinner

kevin47 | Jun 28, 200907:48 PM

Was wondering whether to post, since it's not like I've discovered a hole-in-the-wall, but my experience was excellent to the degree that I can't help myself.

My wife and I went on Wednesday to celebrate our third anniversary. Based on a note posted on our Open Table reservation, we were seated at the "romantic table", a little cache nestled at the end of the dining room. It was the first overture in a night of flawless service.

I had the fauna prix fixe, and wife had a salad and ravioli. The menu changes daily, so I'll refrain from assessing each item, and stick to highlights.

The amuse bouche was outstanding. It was topped with a cherry tomato that, on its own, would be the most compelling element of most menus in this city.

I love the attention paid to the bread. From the punchy flavors, to the great butter, to the presentation, the bread service at Heartland is world class.

Love what this place does with onions. I'm guessing they were good that day, as we saw a lot of them. They play a starring role, and were cooked to perfection, two real rarities in my experience.

Usually when sauce is drizzled onto the plate, its all about presentation, and never about finding the appropriate balance. Not so.

The portions are very generous. The ravioli, in particular, featured a veritable mountain of duck ragu, which was rich and baby-food tender.

If peppercorn chocolate bark ever pops its head back onto the menu, run, don't walk.

In short, this is one of the best meals we have ever had. This may become our anniversary tradition.

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