April 29, 2015

E-I-E-I-OOOO So Yummy!

If Old MacDonald had a restaurant with all of his mooers, oinkers, baaers, cluckers with some swimmers and growing plants on a prairie, you could find it right here in Minnesota. It's not in the middle of nowhere or a small farm town, however it can be found in a vibrant city and in a neighborhood known for a wide variety of cuisine. Uptown is the neighborhood and Libertine is the place to be.

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and while we thoroughly enjoy going to some of our favorite spots for special occasions, we're always looking to spread our wings and check out a new place as well. Libertine was on our list to check out and it was the perfect evening to do so. The establishment itself is very trendy and cool looking on the inside and after you sit down, you're greeted by a very enthusiastic server.

You're sitting and you know you want a cold beverage, Libertine has quite the elaborate drink creations, all of them sound superb and my wife went with a Sailor Friend -vodka, blueberry vanilla cardamom. I went the easy way out and with my ultimate favorite drink, Crown and Diet. While you enjoy your adult beverages or non-adults and are a first timer, it's time for a crash course on the menu.

Their amazing chef selects cuts that are typically only known to the butcher world, secrets if you will. Libertine decided it was time to stop with the secrets and let others taste some of the best cuts of meat you'll ever have. I was looking at the menu all day and very much indecisive about what I was going to get and while the server taught us all about Old MacDonald's cherished animals, my mouth started to water. After our five minute animal education class, we were ready to make our selections.

We started with with plants and went with a Avocado Salad. Half an avocado sliced thinly and topped with citrus, blue crab, olive oil and hot peppers. My wife knows me very well and I'm not a big fan of avocado's, but blue crabs and hot peppers on the other hand, well.... I suppose. I would have ordered 10 more! What an absolutely amazing dish and a must get.

My wife decided that her cut of moo moo which originated from the upper leg, back and rear end area. Described to us like only our server could, my wife was all over it - full of flavor, plenty of marbling and the steak version of a slow cooked roast. The Point Steak with herb-marrow butter was very delicious, full of flavor and our server was spot on. Yes, you should try it, but it's the next dish that will have going back for more.

I'm certainly known for my love for Juicy's and a good burger and on Libertine's menu, you'll find their version, but from a baa baa and that immediately grabbed my attention. Lamb and Brie Lucy! Oh, I'll be going back for this bad boy, but I decided to check something else out that my server persuaded me to try and still lamb. The Saddle Chop! After my server told me it was like the t-bones of the steak world and cooked to perfection, as lamb should be, he had me! One bite in and I wanted to order another and another and another. It was hands down the best cut and prepared lamb dish I have had and I have enjoyed plenty of outstanding lamb around the Twin Cities. My wife loved her steak, but kept eyeing up my lamb after just one bite as well.

Your main meal will not come with a side, instead they have plenty of shareables to choose from and went with Baby Potatoes with olive oil, crème fraiche and chives. Here a potato, there a potato, all potatoes are the same! Libertine uses a wide variety of the potato family, they arrive to your table cooked perfectly and are of course, tasty. If you're not an adventurous eater like my wife and I are, then this is must get, but there is plenty on the menu worth considering.

If the founders of Libertine truly had a friendship Old MacDonald, I sure am thankful they decided to team up. A return to Libertine is a guarantee and everyone should consider paying them a visit. If eating animals aren't your thing, no worries, they have a Not Animal section, but I think I'll stick with the runners, swimmers and flyers!

3001 Hennepin Ave.
Uptown - Minneapolis

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