Spoon and Stable is one of those places that is synonymous with Minneapolis fine dining and for good reason. It is a gorgeous restaurant that opened in 2014 and serves up seasonal Midwestern French-inspired dishes.
And not just any dish, but crafty, creative, and beautiful works of art. Make sure you wear your stretchy pants cause you gon’ eat!
Spoon & Stable
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Written by: Stephanie
History of Spoon and Stable
Spoon and Stable opened a few years ago, fall of 2014 to be exact. It has been attracting gobs of patrons from near and far, ever since. What I did not know is that the restaurant space used to be a horse stable over a hundred years ago. So…plus one for being witty!
Spoon and Stable is located in the heart of the north loop of Minneapolis. The restaurant is only open for dinner with a bar that opens at 4 p.m. They also offer Sunday brunch, which I could totally get behind. Cause this basic white girl lovessssss me some brunch!
The actual sitting space is smaller than I anticipated and reservations are always essential, especially on the weekends. They do have a nice size bar as well as some standing tables so you can order drinks while you wait.
Chef and owner Gavin Kaysen
So, I have been living in Minnesota for almost 2 years now and have wanted to visit Spoon and Stable for almost that entire length of time, but it is quite spendy and I needed a good reason to go – cue a birthday!
I decided that Pete’s birthday was the perfect occasion to dress up and hit the town for what was likely to be some of the best food of our lives.
Spoiler alert: IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE.
Their fall menu is running right now and is organized into various sections including chilled, garden, sides, pasta, sea, and land. I don’t know how most people order and eat dinner, but Pete and I love going to restaurants, ordering a bunch of stuff, and equally splitting it as it arrives. We’ve never had the whole my order and your order thing. Isn’t that one of the perks of being in a relationship, anyway? What’s yours is mine
We decided to pick one thing from every category except sea, we’d had fish a lot that week.
Appetizer Round One:
First up was from the garden section: grilled baby beets with cottage cheese, radicchio sumac, and cassis vinegar. I read this with this monologue in my head- “I love beets, I don’t love cottage cheese, and I have no idea what radicchio sumac or cassis vinegar is. There is a 50/50 chance that this could either be amazing or terrible.”
Upon research, later on, I learned that sumac is a tart flower that is used with gusto in Middle Eastern cuisines, but not so much in traditional American dishes. Cassis vinegar is a berry tasting black currant vinegar. So…good to know. But, this dish was amazing.
Total price $14.
Appetizer Round Two:
Our selection from the chilled portion: Bison tartare with harissa aioli, socca chips, and cilantro. If someone would have told me years ago that I would seek out and order tartare on menus I’d have said: “Pssssh, gurrrrl, you don’t know me!”
I tried tartare for the first time with Pete on one of our earlier dates and have been hooked ever since. Like the beets, I only knew what half of this stuff was. For your benefit, harissa is a chili pepper paste from Tunisia, and socca chips are chips made with chickpea flour. This was also wonderful.
Total price $17.
Our two meals and side dish came out together after the tartare.
First, we ordered the lamb tomahawk chop with birdseye beans, kale ground cherries, and verjus. I still don’t know what birdseye beans are and all I can find are the vegetable brand with the same name. If it were somewhere else I’d say it was microwavable beans, but I know Spoon and Stable wouldn’t do that.
If you know, drop me a line! This dish was just okay. I mean don’t get me wrong, it was very good and we ate all of it, I just don’t think we’d order it again.
Total price $32
The real winner of the meal was the Spaghetti Nero with prawns, mussels, octopus fra Diavolo, and fines herbes.
Let’s take this apart starting with the spaghetti nero portion. I’m not sure how Spoon and Stable make it, whether the ink is actually mixed into the dough when forming the pasta or if the squid is cooked in its ink and then that is mixed with al-dente pasta.
Either way, it is phenomenal with a capital P. The rest of the dish contained mussels, octopus fra Diavolo, and fines herbes.
Diavolo is a spicy tomato based sauce used for pasta and seafood. Fines herbs are a French herb blend including tarragon, chives, parsley, and a few others. Y’all, I can’t even describe how delicious this was. I wanted another round of it and think about it every. single. day.
It is, no joke, my favorite meal in Minneapolis.
This is probably the BEST pasta dish I’ve ever had and that speaks volumes because I’ve eaten my way around Italy.
Total price $25.
We chose crispy potatoes with tomato aioli for the side dish. I didn’t take a picture of these, but they, of course, were delicious too.
Total price $8.
For dessert, we chose that K’ul Chocolate Pudding with dulcey peanut butter and brownie.
This was Pete’s choice as it was his birthday and it was very good. I am more of a fruity dessert person than chocolate so I would have gone with the honey and cream cake which includes pineapple and sweetened condensed milk ice cream.
The K’ul (pronounced cool) chocolate comes from a local Minneapolis company. K’ul’s thought is that chocolate is food and not candy. The owner of K’ul works to produce high-quality chocolate that is actually good for you – now that is something I can get behind.
Total price $10.
Our table wasn’t quite ready when we arrived so we went ahead and ordered drinks. I had the mule which contained absolut elyx, carrot, ginger, gray duck chai, lustau Moscatel sherry. I am a mule connoisseur (not the animal :p) so I order one everywhere I go. This wasn’t my favorite mule around, but it was very good.
Pete ordered a Trinidad sour which includes old Overholt, angostura, hazelnut orgeat, lemon. He also ordered a second drink which was a delicious glass of red wine. Barbera d’Alba – Luigi Giordano, Piedmont, Italy 2013. This particular glass was $14. We both enjoyed it so much that we will look for the bottle next time we’re at total wine.
Total price for all cocktails is $13.
Once our waiter found out we were celebrating a birthday, she brought over the biggest pouf of cotton candy I’ve ever seen. It’s a fun treat and a nice way to say happy birthday.
We tremendously enjoyed our dinner and will be back at least once or seventeen times a year!
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.