I finally went to Travail last night. I re-read Jfoods post before setting out. It was very helpful. 3 couples. We showed up at 6:00 and waited until 7:45. We brought our own wine so we popped a bottle in the bar and hung out. Normally I do not like to wait ever but this was well worth it. Although we did not get the 10 course tasting menu for $60, we basically ordered the entire menu and then some. Our waiter was one of the two owners who had migrated from Victory 44. He sort of looked l;ike John Belushi and was very good natured. We shared some of the killer wine we brought with him. He ended up not charging us corkage. There were so many highlights. The figlets were amazing (wrapped in bacon) as were the tator tots (blue cheese). The oysters were also outstanding with some kind of creme fraiche. I did not like the sweetbread The beet salad was marginal
The cheeseburger, the steak, the lamb and the scallops all were fantastic. I really liked the fish and chips which was some kind of tempura recipe. The Italian hoagie was nice with some spicy peppers in side.
We ordered the dessert sampler and it kept coming with plate after plate. Some of it was good and some was so so.
Overall, I was really impressed. Sometimes people over rate a place (like Heartland) but this place deserved all the kudos it has received. I cannot wait to get back which is really saying something
2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN