After taking a look at the Frida Kalho exhibit at the Walker (go before it ends soon), we decided to try someplace new and knew that Nick and Eddies had just opened across the way next to Loring Park. So we get in there for an early dinner (5pm on a saturday). Nice space. Remember when it was Rubies Cafe and they really made it look nice.
The menu looks good. Lots of comfort sort of food and really what we were looking for last night. Also the wine list looked pretty good. Started the meal with the chopped chicken liver crostini and the endive salad. The chicken liver was good and rich. Though i thought the crostini tasted just a little stale. They included some pomegranite seeds to cut through the fat of the liver and a little salad with bacon. nice. The salad looked good. Could not tell what the dressing on it was. Completely boring. Tasted a little olive oil and some lemon, but utterly boring.
I had the duck breast with wild rice, hominy and sweet potato. The duck was cooked perfectly. crisp crunchy skin/fat and mid rare meat. The wild rice mix had some kind of hot pepper in it that was so unbelievably hot. All i could taste was heat. It was really bad. I like hot food, but this tasted like they had thrown a few habeneros into the pot and left in all the seeds. i could not taste anything else. I think i have might have sent back one item in my entire life, but i actually had to have something else. The server was nice and brought me a side of extremely bland mashed potatoes. But again the duck was great.
My partner in crime had the beef cheeks. They were served over a parsnip mash. They were cooked very well. Pretty much like pot roast that just fell apart. But they were completely flavorless. Everything on her plate was bland. She was embarrassed to have to ask for salt and pepper. Nothing was seasoned. It was a really disappointing meal.
I will say that the little homemade cookies they bring with the bill were amazing. sad to say that was the highlight.
Weird side note - Lori Barberro (former drummer of Babes in Toyland) and Todd Trainer (drummer for Shellac) were working at the bar.
Will not go again for dinner. Hate to try a new place and have it so disappointing. We could have stuck to Alma or the Modern for the same price or less and had an infinitely better meal.