Memorable Meals :: “Meat Candy” @ Victory 44

devils on horseback

We’ve been on a quest lately to break out of our restaurant routine and try new spots.  Especially those that highlight local and sustainable food.  Last night’s experiment required a 25 mile drive to Minneapolis’ North Side, near Husband’s old stomping grounds.

What I like about most of these restaurants we’ve tried – Victory 44 included, is that while they take their food seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously.  In other words, the restaurant isn’t pretentious at all.  If you’re a foodie, you’ll love it.  If you wander in off the street for a bump and a burger, you’ll love it.  And both are welcome.

We nabbed a high-top table by the front windows, with a great view of the open kitchen.  A blackboard on the wall behind us  listed the day’s menu items, which were pondered over a tasty adult beverage.

If it’s on the menu, by all means, order the Devils on Horseback.  Our server accurately described these as “meat candy.”  Ohmyword, out-of-this-world naughty and fabulous!  Their version is a date, stuffed with smoked blue cheese and wrapped in bacon, served over a date/ginger foam with marcona almond brittle and crumbles.  MEAT CANDY!

We also had the apped’ouevre listed simply as “Shaved Beets.”  It was beautiful!  A beet ribbon with smoked goat cheese emulsion, currant gel, dehydrated black currants, pickled beet powder and vinegar powder.  Wowzer.


Husband ordered the scallops.  I failed here in noting the full description.  Maybe because I don’t care for scallops and tuned it out.  But he said they were fabulous.


My Cauliflower Risotto was so good, I’m craving it at this moment.  It was created with cauliflower, almonds, almond milk, pickled shiitake mushrooms, chickweed, lemon vinaigrette and mushroom powder.  Absolutely delicious, and actually (I’m pretending) kind of healthy.  Or not.


My pics don’t do the food justice, but trust me, every bite was delicious.   And the prices were very reasonable.  If you’re on Facebook, check out their page — the staff is great about updating it with what’s cooking at the moment.

It’s absolutely worth the drive.  Especially if their “meat candy” is on the menu.   In fact, let us know if you’re headed there — we may join you!

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9 Responses to Memorable Meals :: “Meat Candy” @ Victory 44

  1. mary f.h. March 18, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    those scallops look yummy.

  2. Nicholas Miller March 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    You should try the “Perfect Burger” at Victory 44, definitely worth a second trip.

    • admin March 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Nicholas – will DEFINITELY try that… I saw a few pass by and they looked terrific!

  3. Tammy Rose March 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Victory 44 is in my neighborhood, so we show up a LOT. They have a terrific brunch/breakfast menu that changes with the season too. Don’t miss the amazing coffee bar. Their signature latte’s change weekly and are always an amazing and unique treat. My significant other enjoyed a maple/ginger/jalapeno latte a few weeks back. Where can you get anything like that?! Just delicious and only at V44.

    • admin March 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      OHMYWORD… jalapeno…! OK, I’m game! I’ve seen some posts of their breakfast items and they look fabulous. Thanks for stopping by Tammy.

  4. Jean March 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    We frequent there for their latte. So delicious!
    Also love their food, always leave happy! :)

    • admin March 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

      Sounds like I really need to make a return visit for breakfast and a latte!

  5. Chuck March 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    OK, THAT looks amazing… and I think your photo’s are quite fab so I can only imagine how good the food it.

    • admin April 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

      Well fire up that bike of yours, and do a midwest swing!

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