Recently dined here on a Friday night for the first time. This place is located in a strip mall and is housed in an old Bruegel Bakery shop. It still resembles the former and not too much has changed as far as atmosphere. The large wine bottle area is where bagels were once baked.
I could say the structure is not deserving of the wonderful meals that are prepared here. But first the wine. The wine list is fairly large, but for the really good wines, you have to buy the whole bottle (all are $30). If you want just a glass of wine, it may cost you nearly half of what the bottle costs and your choices are not as good. If you don't drink the whole bottle, I believe they will cork it for you to take home. We had a wonderful bottle from Argentina.
The food. I had the Peppercorn Sirloin, which was served with carmalized onions and yellow squash gnocci, along with a cup of superb, not-so-ordinary tomato soup. The steak was not very peppery, but was soooo tender and delicious. My partner had the crab stuffed chicken, which was very good, but of course the crab was from a can (fresh crab in Minnesota?). You also get several slices of homemade bread at your table, which was good while we waited for our entrees.
The service was spot on and very friendly. We also received three HUGE raspberry scones for free to take home with us (I don't think this is normal though). This place is spendy, but the food is awesome. One last thing: the dining room chairs are very comfortable.
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