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I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with the girls the other night. And we couldn’t have chosen a better place to enjoy each other’s company. Cafe Maude has been a favorite since it opened. For brunch. For dinner. For happy hour. It’s perfect for nearly any occasion. The food is consistently inventive and delicious. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The prices are very manageable.

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We started with their magnificent fries with Bearnaise sauce and the cheese plate. Both were awesome and we munched on them through the whole meal. I couldn’t turn down a cup of the carrot soup with ginger. And believe it or not, it actually tasted like carrots (I love it when food tastes like what it should). There were fried bits of fresh ginger on the top of the soup that really brought out the flavors, of both the ginger and the carrots. That would be one recipe I would love ot have. For the rest of the meal I went with the duck breast. It was listed on the menu under the Small Plates, which was good, because after the fries, cheese and the soup there was little room left. The duck was prepared beautifully and served with brussel sprouts and Parmesan puree. It was unique but homey at the same time. A perfect meal.

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L ordered the scallops (above), Jen ordered the salmon and T ordered the beet salad (yum, so good, so earthy) and the corn chowder. Everyone was happy, the wine flowed freely and we could barely resist dessert. Then again, T had a freezer full of cupcakes from the Bulldog from her birthday the previous week, plus the batch of Sea Salt Caramels we made for her birthday, so we didn’t go empty handed.

On a side note, Cafe Maude has expanded to include the Armatage Room. It’s a great concept, check it out.

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Ahi Tuna

We made it back to Cafe Maude, and again were seriously satisfied. Of course we started with the House Cut Fries, but we also went with the Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer. Little crostinis served with a slice of tomato, a dollop of guacamole and the lovely lightly seared tuna with a pinch of microgreens. The tuna melts in your mouth, and obviously anything served with guacamole is genius.

Shrimp, Lovely Shrimp

For the entree I had the Lime and Garlic Grilled Prawns. Served at room temperature on a cold (what looked like israeli couscous) salad, they were full of flavor and perfectly prepared. Husband had the Sea Scallop pasta and Sister had the Chicken Flatbread, which was way too big for one person. (We’ll be having it for lunch tomorrow as well).

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Iowa Skinny

There’s this fabulous little restaurant in South Minneapolis that’s really, really good. There’s no other way to say it. I’ve blogged about it at least once before, but even a second time doesn’t do it justice. So we went again. This is the restaurant that’s nearly impossible to get into on a weekend evening, so we went for lunch. The in-laws were in the neighborhood so we stopped for a quick lunch between errands. At first glance I was surprised it wasn’t packed. There was a good crowd, but not too many to be too busy. We were sat at a great table next to the window and ordered drinks. I ordered off their non-alchoholic menu and got a ginger mojito. Lemons, limes, mint and ginger beer and it was fabulous. The others at the table got the (kinda weak) bloody bar, a beautiful cabernet and the Hacker Pschorr beer.
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