Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Dinner at the Muffuletta Cafe in St Paul, Minnesota
A trip to the twin cities would not be complete without a trip to Muffuletta's. This restaurant is in Milton square on Como Avenue and is sandwiched between the St Paul campus and Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Muffeletta's has been around for twenty-five plus years and is still going strong. Because of its location near the university, one will often find an interesting and largely intellectual looking crowd, but with room for everyone. We have been dining there for almost 15 years and have always loved it.
If you get a chance to dine there, start the meal with a cup of their signature beer cheese soup with popcorn sprinkled on top. I love this soup and I always order it when I am there. From there, everything on the menu is always delicious, so go wild. On this visit, my husband ordered the gnocchi with duck confit, mire poix, onions, tomatos, and lemon olive oil. For myself, I tried the three cheese ravioli. Along with the meal, diners always get a basket of roasted garlic puree to put on the bread. Both dishes were delicious and I always love the roasted garlic that comes with the bread. For drinks, we ordered a carafe of the house cabernet, which turned out to be Coastal Ridge. This is a wine that won't knock your socks off, but it went well with the food and allowed the food to be the star of the show. And for a perfect end to our meal, we finished with the Thai Coffee Creme Brulee and a slice of Bete Noire, a flourless chocolate cake served with rasberry coulis and whip cream. This was really a wonderful meal with a restaurant in a quaint setting. I can't wait until I can go back to Minnesota to dine there, again.
2260 Como Aveunue
St Paul, MN 55108