I love Wise Acre Eatery. I first heard about it from a review in the Star Tribune (the local Minneapolis paper): they raved about the food. Wise Acre Eatery prides itself on using mostly using harvest from the Tanglewood Gardens’ farm in Plato, MN. All of their meat products come from that farm — animals that lived “stress-free, hormone-free lives with plenty of room to roam.” The food is delicious, and nearly everything is house-made.
I went to Wise Acre for the first time in September, as a late-night treat after a sewing class at Sewtropolis, just around the corner. I started with the Brûléed Chicken Liver Pâté with Minnesota apple slices & black pepper waffle cracker. The amount of pâté seemed a little small, but it was silky smooth and very tasty. The combination of cracker, fresh apple, and pâté worked well together.
I also had the Farm Fries, which were served then with a cranberry catsup. They were garnished with fresh chives, I think, which added a nice freshness.
I ended with the Vanilla Frozen Custard, topped with Sesame Pepita Toffee, Salted Caramel Sauce, and Hot Fudge Sauce. Everything was good, but the Salted Caramel Sauce was the real stand-out for me. It was fantastic.
I also just went to Wise Acre today with my mom and grandmother, after stopping by the Shot Clinic for my weekly shot (I like to take advantage of being in Minneapolis). My mom started with the weekly chowder, which was a chicken chowder full of chicken and vegetables from their farm.
We also shared more of their moreish Farm Fries, this time served with an apple balsamic catsup that was surprisingly good (I think regular ketchup is possibly the grossest food commonly eaten in the U.S.).
I generally don’t drink soda, but I couldn’t resist ordering one of their Housemade Sparkling Sodas (“chef-inspired fruit syrups with Wise Acre effervescent water”), today a pear-lemon-verbena soda. It was light — almost more of a flavored water than a heavily sweetened soda — refreshing, and intriguing.
My mom and grandmother both had the Spicy Egg Salad Sandwich. They both raved over the extremely fresh greens (keep in mind, it’s the middle of winter in Minnesota), almost certainly from the Tanglewood Gardens’ farm. I’m not a big fan of egg salad, but it was light, interestingly spiced, and enjoyable.
I went with the Royal Brie & Bacon Burger — I’d read really good things about the bacon, and all of their meat comes from their farm, which I find incredibly commendable. It was a really good burger, and the bacon was everything I’d heard about and then some. Seriously, best bacon ever. The Wild Rice Slaw was the real surprise. I kept going back to it; it was so good. Carrot, red cabbage, wild rice, and a really light dressing. The wild rice contributed a nice nuttiness, and I could’ve eaten a lot more of it.
And now for the desserts. My grandma had been eyeing the scones since we arrived, so she ordered a blood orange scone. It had a really nice, light orange flavor — definitely present but not cloying or overpowering.
My mom tried the Beet-Lemon Sorbet. She can’t really eat ice cream, and she loves beets, so it was a good choice. It was a gorgeous magenta color (beets are good for that). It definitely tasted of beets. I liked it; my mom loved it (so it’s probably a good thing that she ordered it, and I ordered something else).
This time, I chose the Chocolate Frozen Custard, again with the Salted Caramel Sauce because it’s been on my mind since my last trip to Wise Acre. I would’ve loved more of the caramel sauce — actually, I would’ve been happy to simply eat it by the spoonful — but the frozen custard was very good.
Wise Acre Eatery is one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. I like their approach to food (cooked “slowly, with care and love”), that so much of the produce is harvested from their farm, the way they treat the animals from which they get their meat, that they change their menu slightly to account for the changes in seasons, and of course, how their food tastes. I only wish that I lived closer to Wise Acre (and that I had more money to spend there).