Heidi’s Restaurant — February 5, 2010

9 02 2010

Heidi’s
819 W 50th Street
Minneapolis
www.heidismpls.com

After examining our lengthy list of restaurants we wanted to tackle during our Twin Cities tour, Heidi’s ranked at the very top.

Jim and I drove through the picturesque Linden Hills neighborhood, clusters of warmly lit homes resting on landscapes of white, and arrived at Heidi’s just moments before our reservation. Stepping inside, we brushed past the velvet curtains surrounding the entrance (and, likely, keeping the cold outside where it belonged), and entered the artfully cozy dining room. Tables were full, and there was enough of a hum throughout the space that we knew we had entered a neighborhood favorite.

We were seated nearly 20 minutes after our reservation time, but the complimentary glass of wine we enjoyed while waiting (much more full-bodied than ordinary house reds) made up for time lost. The menu was small to allow the chef creativity in each item, but offered a handful of options to interest several in a party.

Our amuse-bouche was the highlight — shrimp spring rolls topped with a cilantro pesto and microgreens. Jim’s trout had a pleasant almond flavor, garnished with more than a sprinkling of bright haricot vert (read: fancy-cut green beans). My plate featured a slightly crispy barramundi, flavored by a rich parsley mixture and colored with squid ink — topped off by a good measure of mussel foam (no taste, but an interesting way to add moisture to each bite). Both plates were the perfect portions, leaving us light enough to continue our night out, yet without room for dessert.

Heidi’s maître d’ again topped off our drinks as our plates were cleared (and, conveniently, as we were writing the tip), which made us feel like special guests for the evening — something we don’t often find, with many waiters mistakenly believing we’ll tip our age. This place gets our recommendation: we will return! Heidi’s is perfect for both a low-key evening or a special occasion. Either way, visitors will enjoy exceptional food and considerate service.  And, if they’re anything like my husband, they’ll leave with the itch to find houses on the market just outside its front door.

RATING (out of 5 ♠♠♠♠♠)
Ambiance/Environment: ♠♠♠♠
Menu Selection: ♠♠ 1/2
Service: ♠♠♠♠ 1/2
Food Taste & Presentation: ♠♠♠♠
COMPLETE EXPERIENCE: ♠♠♠♠

Total bill, including tip: $80

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