Haute Dish – North Loop Minneapolis

Day 2 of Restaurant Week had me venturing downtown to Haute Dish.  If you are not familiar with this restaurant, you should be: it is one of those locally famous restaurants that is typically on the Best of the Twin Cities lists.  Haute Dish is an upscale restaurant in the North Loop of Minneapolis, and one that has been on my “must try” list for a few years.  Needless to say, I was excited to finally give them a try.

The restaurant is in an elegantly styled turn of the century building, and has a pleasant ambiance.  The waitstaff are very attentive, which is to be expected for an upscale restaurant.

The special that they had for this week was a three course meal, with a number of options that could be selected for each course.  My first course was a raw course, which they called Steak & Eggs: steak tartare, raw egg yolk on a brioche bread square, and a bloody mary oyster shooter.  While this may sound disgusting to many readers, it was simply amazing.  The steak tartare was by far the star of the show, and I found myself trying to scrape up every last crumb of it.  My second course was a delectable Reuben Soup.  The soup was great, and would have made a great meal itself, but I still kept wishing for more tartare throughout it.  The third course, however, is where we get to the real reason for visiting this establishment: The Flavor Country Burger.

If the “flavor country” was a real place, I would want to live there.  The burger was on a house-made sesame seed brioche bun, and was topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles, Uncle Pete’s Horseradish Mustard®, garlic aioli, bacon, and two slices of American cheese.  The “flavor country” name really sticks, as I was getting different flavors each bite I took, and no one flavor overpowered the others.

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Haute Dish’s Flavor Country Burger: lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles, Uncle Pete’s Horseradish Mustard, garlic aioli, bacon, American Cheese on house-made sesame seed brioche bun, with side of fries

Everything about this burger was perfection, and may have been the best burger I have ever eaten.  The meat was cooked perfectly to the chef’s standard (medium-rare), which allowed for a juicy patty.  The taste has been lingering on my mind, well after having eaten it.  The fries on the side were also fantastic: perfectly cooked and salty with just a hint of sweet.  No surprise, but here is how I would rate it:

  1. Burger Patty Flavor: 5 out of 5
  2. Overall Burger Flavor: 5 out of 5
  3. Burger Juiciness: 5 out of 5
  4. Bun Quality: 5 out of 5

Overall: 5 out of 5

In some ways, I wish I would have met this burger much later in my foray into burger-blogging.  This burger will now be the benchmark for how I see other burgers.  “It was good, but was it Haute Dish-good?” That really isn’t fair for other burger joints.  I believe the regular menu price of this burger is $40 (which, to be fair, does include fries…), so it it really fair to compare a $40 burger to a $12 burger? Perhaps. Perhaps not.  It is, however, truly something that every burger aficionado should experience.

If you would like to visit Haute Dish, you can check out their website here:
Haute Dish

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