My man and I visited Duluth last week for Christmas festivities, and we managed to take a little time to have lunch at the Scenic Cafe. We usuall eat there at least once on every visit, and I swear it keeps getting better.
Appetizer: fried goat cheese with honey, carmelized onions and mache. The cheese was creamy and flavorful, without being too "goaty", and it was fried without any sort of coating. The sweet accompaniments set off the flavors perfectly. They offered grilled bread along side. Portion was over the top (I swear it was 6-8 ounces of cheese - easily an app for 4) and presentation was lovely - $10
I had the tuna sashimi taco app as my main. The tuna was outstanding, very fresh and tender, topped with avocado and nestled into fried wonton "taco" shells. The contrast in textures between the crunchy wonton, the creamy avocado, and the delicate fish was out of this world. The flavors were complemented by the simple yet flavorful asian slaw. Another very large portion: 4 largish tacos and about a cup of asian salad. $10 (yeah, I know!)
My man had an elk dish that was accompanied by a sort of vegetable goulash and wild rice. WOW! The elk was perfectly roasted, outrageously tender, flavorful *almost* to the point of being gamey, but finished clean and rich. Huge portion. $22
Dessert: chocolate espresso cake. Very rich and chocolately without being sticky or gloppy. A really, really nice cake - the way it ought to be. $5
Service was attentive yet unstuffy. This place could charge at least 50% more and still offer a fantastic value (same menu and prices are in effect for lunch and dinner). The food is so fresh and lovingly prepared and presented - a true gem!
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