Award Winning Chef, Issac Becker’s cozy little restaurant has been continuously setting the standard for eateries in the Twin Cities over the past several years. After hearing much celebration about the joint, I had to go see and discover the food for myself.
As I approached the humble eatery, I immediately feel a sense of comfort. The petite location provides an intimate and welcoming ambiance which fits the staff and menu perfectly. With many pre-notions (built almost entirely on stories of other people’s experiences) and a high end reputation, I am taken aback by what I find. Simply put, Chef Becker’s 112 Eatery was perfectly comfortable. From the friendly staff to the approachable menu, every aspect seem to be designed with a whimsical attitude. Nothing was over the top or outrageous as the diner’s reputation may have suggested, yet it was merely Simple Food & Wine made Great.
(Quick Note: Photograph Quality was diminished with off lighting)
As an introduction: A server greets the table with house made Breads, Spiced Pecans, and Lucques Olives (A personal favorite).
A must in the company of fine food and friends:
Our starter Wine: Duck Horn , ’10 Sauvignon Blanc from Nappa Valley
A Beautifully Versatile wine: Meiomi, ’08 Pinot Noir Again Napa Valley
Sautéed Sweetbreads in a Porcini & Clam Sauce
Sweet and Sour Crab Salad
Sea Scallops with Oyster Mushrooms
Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Parmesan Reggiano
Sautéed Duck Breast au Poivre with Fingerling Potatoes
The 112 Burger with House Made Pickles
This next dish was My Favorite of the night, Simply because of the presentation creativity and simplicity.
Short Rib Chili with a Chimichurri and Sour Cream
This next dish and it’s outstanding reputation is one of the notable reasons for this escapade.
Tagliatelle with Foie Gras Meat Balls: Again Creativity and Simplicity
A decorated Dish of local cheeses and house made toast points; The perfect end to any meal.
After discovering 112 Eatery, my synopsis concludes that Chef Issac Becker has created a beautiful and romantic restaurant that invites his patrons to get lost in their menu and relax without a care outside of the eateries doors.