French Meadow

Tres Leches Cake , Dessert, French Meadow, Minneapolis

French Meadow is seriously undervalued. This is on the top of my best of Minneapolis list for 2013. I have been here many times for brunch on weekends but it was only recently that I have visited for dinner. Wow!

I had no idea how wonderful dinner was here. Better than brunch. I am a huge fan of breakfast here but dinner is not as hectic as brunch can be.

The ambiance is completely different when you come at night. The lights are dimmed low and candles light each table. It is very romantic but still relaxed.

I started my meal with soup because they had excellent options. I had the tomato soup and enjoyed it because of the real tomato taste. The clam chowder was also very good and it was spicy. Both were perfect on a cold winter night.

For my entrée I had the walleye sandwich. It was crispy and served on a freshly baked bun. I forget how much of a difference that makes. The potatoes that come with it are seasoned well and the sauce that comes with it is light.

French Meadow Fish

My favorite part of the meal was dessert. I wanted to try the bread pudding but they were out. Kudos to the server who warned me about this when I ordered it and explained that they make everything daily. That made me not upset when I had to order something else. I had the tres leches cake that was very good. All desserts are priced from only $4.00-6.50 and are not an after thought. They could stand alone. I am thinking of maybe doing a dessert party there sometime. Each person orders a dessert and then you share. That sounds like a happy hour I would want to go to. I would also love to see a sampler platter for around $10.00 because there were many items I wanted to try. It would be fun if it changed daily.

I like that they have many gluten-free and vegan options because I like to eat vegan sometimes.  Plus, if you have someone in your party with dietary needs this place is very accommodating. Hats off to the chefs for creating a menu that has many options, is not too large, and has items with several price points.

When you go here be prepared to order an appetizer, drink, entrée, and dessert. Never skip dessert.

My only criticism is that I wish their happy hour went later. I will never be able to go to the happy hour because it is only Monday-Friday 3-5 PM. Most people are not done with work until 5 including this girl. It would be nice if one or two days a week you extended the happy hour.

because never-ever-ever skip dessert.


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3 responses to “French Meadow”

  1. asteifer says :

    Agreed about happy hour, there’s a reason so many places do it until 6; heck, even some of the ones that OPEN at 5 will use their first hour for Happy Hour. And I know exactly what you mean about the buns! It’s really hard to think about it until you have that PERFECTLY toasted and crispy bun with something inside it, just transforms the sandwich completely. One of the reasons why I like the Scratch food truck (sorry, had to mention, they do it soooo good).
    Love that they have Tres Leches; my sis has been trying to find a restaurant that does a good one ever since Fogo took it off their menu.

    • mplsgossipgirl says :

      I just want to try their Happy hour…… It makes me sad. Even if they did it a little later on Mondays and Tuesdays that would be good enough for me.

      Yes, the Tres Leches cake was fantasic she should go try it at French Meadow.

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