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“Sunday dinner extraordinaire”

The Bachelor Farmer
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Ranked #30 of 1,858 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$33
Cuisines: Scandinavian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Warehouse District
Cross street: North First Street
Description: The Bachelor Farmer serves fresh and simple food that honors Minnesota's Nordic heritage.
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Sunday evenings are a fixed three-course menu. This evening we started out with an amazing gimlet. First course was roasted cauliflower with cucumber, onions and croutons over yogurt sauce. The entree was a fabulous panko crusted sole with green beans and almonds. Individual cherry pies as vanilla bean ice cream completed the meal. Everything was incredibly good.

Thank Tracy B
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We arrived in Minneapolis on a Saturday night so were not surprised that every restaurant we tried had an hour to 2 1/2 hour wait. We called the Bachelor Farmer and were told there was no wait list. Granted the annual Minneapolis Aquatennial was going on so lots of other activities going on which may have explained why there was no wait. There was also no sign on the restaurant identifying it as The Bachelor Farmer. We had to ask a guy standing outside some steps going downstairs if this was the place. Turns out the outside stairway led to the bar. That was likewise unmarked.

Menu was small and "odd" sounding. I have lived in Minnesota for 40 years and have had a lot of Scandinaviian food and would not have guessed that the selections had anything to do with "Nordic" fare. We wanted appetizers. Our server described the "Groaning Board" as this huge selection of various meets and pickled garnishes that four of us could easily share. It was served on a board and consisted of a slice of head cheese, a small slice of liver pate, two small slices of liverwurst and a tablespoon of chicken salad and a tablespoon each of some pickled cucumbers, and a couple other garnishes. Lots of toast which was just dry bread that was burned on the edges. It was difficult to share because there were no serving utensils on the board. We had to use our own forks and knives to lift off the board. Not very hygienic!

There were only five entrees on the menu. We chose the lamb chop with a lamb sausage with kale and onions for $33. If it were any smaller it would have been an appetizer. At least the lamb chop was good as was the kale. The highlight of the meal was the popover for $3.

We ordered dessert. Ok, but nothing special and VERY small portion for the price.

We spent $ 300 after tip for a meal for 4 and only 2 of us had one drink, which was about 2 ounces for $11 each.

The best I can say is that the food was interesting, but not $300 interesting!

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Thank Barb A
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Clean healthy imaginative food - served by very friendly and knowledgable staff who have a passion for what they are doing. Loved the atmosphere

Thank veritas5
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Very friendly restaurant with good quality food and wine. Also a big bar for a drink before or a quick dinner. After dinner my host took me to the cocktail bar below, entrance around the corner. Very nice cosy bar with great cocktails.

Thank Alex46_11
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Been trying to get here for years and it took a best friend to finally bring me. Not crowded at 6 pm on a Friday night, but lots going on in town on a fine summer day. Very well informed server named Miata made us feel very welcomed and gave us a great wine recommendation. Chose the lamb chop and lamb sausage over mustard greens, which were delectable. Side dish of squash was a nice compliment. Smallish portions, but satisfying. Dessert of lemon cake with parsley ice cream was a bit on the dry side, but I'm not a big pound cake fan - the description was better than the cake. Overall, it's hard to find any reason to give anything less than 5 stars - would love to return someday.

Thank GWest777
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