Out for Valentines Day at the Mission American Kitchen in Minneapolis. Kim had eaten here once before through work and decided that I just had to try it out.
We had 7:30pm reservations because the more reasonable slots were already taken. We had no problems with that as it takes me a while to get downtown and I had an errand to run first for the MnGCA.
After arriving about 25 mins early we were told that they were running exactly on time so we took a seat in their waiting area to soak up the ambiance. The entire place is lit in a soft red glow that is absorbed by the furry covers on the seats.
After only five or so minutes we were told that they had a table ready for us and we were lead over to the corner of the bar. Not exactly my first choice of seats as the ability to take pictures was limited but it was a little less cramped than the regular seating area.
Kim ordered their fried blue cheese stuffed olive poppers for an appetizer. I do enjoy cheese and pepper stuffed olives usually so I was all for it. I don’t know if it was the olives or the fried coating but these were not for me. The olive taste completely overpowered the cheese and not being an olive fan this was not enjoyable for me. Kim still seemed to think they were tasty so that’s all that matters.
Kim made a comment that she was disappointed that we were not offered a bread basket. I noticed some bread being cut as we were waiting for a seat but no one around us received any during their meals either so we thought that maybe they ran out for the evening. Apparently we were wrong as while we were waiting for our deserts the waitress began offering other guests bread with their meals…
I ordered the roasted pork tenderloin with fried potatoes and an asian green salad. It was presented in a completely different manner than I expected. The pork medallions were tucked under the asian salad with the fried potatoes (which reminded me of “apple chips”) tossed in as well. The dinner was good, not spectacular, and there was certainly enough to fill me up.
Kim ordered the roasted chicken which comes with bacon hash and a specialty dressing. The dish was very good and offered enough food for her to be quite happy. I was offered to sneak a little bite and while I thought it was tasty, I am definitly glad that I went with the pork instead.
Our server was friendly and quite good overall. My sole complaint was that the bus boy repeatedly mistook my Sprite for a water and never offered to refill it after we told him of his error.
For dessert Kim ordered the chocolate cream pie and I went with a coffee and the chocolate lava cake. Never having had chocolate lava cake before I had no idea that it would take 45+ minutes to prepare. It would have been super nice to have been warned but you live and learn :)
The chocolate lava cake was certainly worth the wait IMHO. While it was quite a bit smaller than I expected, the presentation was excellent and got me ready for the explosive (sorry, I had to) taste that the dish had locked away inside. Definitely a recommended dessert :)
Kim’s chocolate cream pie was smooth and tasty. It was light and fluffy with a great grahmn cracker crust on the bottom. She wasn’t able to finish it all and after the chocolate lava richness I could only help so much. I rate the desserts an excellent!
If you’re looking for a trendy place downtown to enjoy a drink (half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays — except on Valentine’s Day heh) or get a decent meal, then Mission American Kitchen is the place for you.
If you’re looking for fast service and reasonably priced meals, move along, this is not the place for you.