Restuarant Review: Wise Acre Eatery

This week has been crazy (or cray-cray as my students say  – sometimes their vocab rubs off on me, just ask the bf!). Anyway, I’ve literally had something going on every day/night this past week/weekend (thus why I haven’t been blogging!). And I have eaten out 5 out of the past 7 days – bah! So unlike me, but I’m not complaining too much. I’ve had some good food :)

It all started on Tuesday night when the BF and I celebrated my birthday (it was in March – but I was out of town during the actual day of). We went to dinner at a place called Wise Acre Eatery in Minneapolis. Most all their food comes from the Tangletown Gardens in Plato, MN. On their website it states that “80-90% of what we serve is sustainably grown on our farm, less than an hour away- something we can all be proud of”. How cool is that?!

Needless to say we had heard good things, and thus decided to check it out. It doesn’t take a lot of convincing us to try out a restaurant that uses local fare :)

Wise Acre is in a little bit quieter part of Minneapolis, away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, Uptown, and Dinkytown (for those of you familiar with MPLS!). The interior is small, but hosts a nice size bar and a case full of some local goodies ready to purchase. Clean and classy, but not up-tight, is how I would describe it. In fact, it’s a pretty laid back atmosphere. The food and drink specials are up on a blackboard, and they even have a “living” wall filled with green plants.

The food was pretty darn delicious as well. Before we even ordered, we were brought a nice lil sampling of seasoned popcorn (from the farm of course!). We also had a sampling of local cheese curds and summer sausage to start (can’t go wrong there). For main dishes, the bf ordered the East Meets Midwest, an 11-spice half-rack of ribs with sesame-ginger bbq, ham hock fried brown rice, and sweet-n-spicy sugar snaps. Oh that fried rice! I was such a fan. The eggs in it were so light and fluffy, and the flavoring of the rice just delicious.

I myself ordered the It’s Back, a dill pickle fried chicken. I don’t even like dill pickles (or pickles at all for that matter!). But it sounded good, and that is was. The chicken definitely was not your typical greasy fried chicken. Actually, it wasn’t greasy at all. It was perfectly dry and crispy on the outside, and moist and delicious on the inside. It came with wild rice slaw, and summer potato salad. Not your typical potato salad. The potatoes were cooked perfectly, and dressed just right. Not to mention the flavoring. So fresh! This picture does not do the dish justice. Partly because I took a few bites before I was like “Ahh! I should take a picture!”. And so there you have it.

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If you’re from the Minneapolis area, or your stopping by for a visit (or you want to plan a visit now that I’ve convinced you of how great a place it is!), Wise Acre Eatery is definitely a unique dining experience. A unique local dining experience. And it doesn’t get much better than that.

http://www.wiseacreeatery.com

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