I had one of my best meals at 112 Eatery while in Minnesota recently.
The place feels very casual, but the food here while not necessarily cutting-edge is quite good. In fact, very good. Every thing I tried during my two visits was executed remarkably well, and nothing felt like an afterthought.
For example, the lamb ribs were cooked perfect - tender, moist, with a nice crusty, slightly charred outer layer. But the highlight of the dish might have been the caramelized fish sauce that accompanied the ribs (or what the menu calls “nam pla caramel”). Intuitively, fish sauce and lamb wouldn’t strike one as natural, or even appropriate, complements, but this lamb and this sauce were like peanut butter and jelly. It just worked. The dish was also garnished with some togorashi crumble, which seemed more an indulgence to creativity than actual eating enjoyment, but that’s a minor quibble. Overall this was a fantastic dish.
Same could be said of other things that I tried there, like the cauliflower fritters (light and crisp, and not one bit oily or greasy) or the roast chicken.
And should you go, and if you come from LA, make sure to take a moment and try the butterscotch budino. Nancy Silverton’s butterscotch budino, no less!
112 N 3rd St
(Between 1st and 2nd Ave.)