I have been longing to visit Northeast Social for well over a year. It seemed like every time I had the chance, something else came up or they were booked. When I finally got my long awaited chance to check out this charming neighborhood restaurant, I was not disappointed.
Northeast Social is aptly named after its location in the heart of the arts district in Northeast Minneapolis. With its charming pounded tin ceiling and eclectic artwork, this is the perfect restaurant to gather with friends and socialize over an excellent meal. Speaking of the food, Northeast Social has a “farm-to-fork agenda” with much of the food on the menu coming from local sources.
The menu at Northeast Social is small, but excellently prepared. On our recent trip, we started our meal with the Caprese Salad featuring house-made mozzarella and fresh heirloom tomatoes. Everything about the salad was light and crisp. The homemade mozzarella was delicious and creamy. My only gripe was I wish there was more balsamic vinegar to add just a bit more flavor.
After the salad we moved on to the soup special of the day, a seafood chowder featuring black grouper. The chowder was good, but different and much thinner than most chowders I’m used to. It didn’t have the typical creamy base, but was more like a chicken broth with big chunks of vegetables and fish. I also tasted the tomato basil soup and have to say I preferred the chowder. I usually love tomato basil soup, but this one lacked the creaminess I like and it had a strange after taste of tangy cucumber.
On to the main courses, we sampled a variety of different entrees at our table including the Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes, the Black Angus Sirloin and the seafood special of they day, which was a filet of black grouper. The gnocchi were soft potato pillows nicely sautéed and served in a light sauce of white wine, heirloom tomatoes and garlic. My only warning about this dish would be to watch out for the garlic bombs, as there were giant chunks of chopped garlic floating throughout the sauce that could easily be mistaken for a gnocchi. The seafood entrée was the star of the evening. It was perfectly cooked with a nice crispy sear and served over a creamy bed of pureed cauliflower. It was excellently prepared and just the right portion size.
No meal is complete without dessert, and Northeast Social has a good selection of what they aptly call “sweeties.” The desserts include a Rosemary Honey Panna Cotta, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Tres Leches Cake and a special for the day. We decided to try the Key Lime Pie and the Chocolate Tres Leches. The key lime pie was exactly what you would expect on a trip to Key West. It was tart and smooth with a delicious and buttery graham cracker crust. This is an excellent choice for a late summer dessert. I’m not usually a fan of tres leches cake, but this cake was better than most. It had the typical wet and moist texture, but was flavored with chocolate and butterscotch. The cake was swirled with vanilla and chocolate, and topped with a chocolate sauce as well as a butterscotch drizzle.
With their ever-changing seasonal menu, I will definitely be back to Northeast Social to sample their latest creations. Make sure not to make the same mistake as I did by waiting a year to try Northeast Social.
When you go:Northeast Social is located at 359 13th Ave NE in Northeast Minneapolis. By 6:00 pm, the restaurant is usually packed so call ahead to make a reservation, 612-877-8111. Besides their great food, Northeast Social also has an impressive wine and beer list with many affordable options.