As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2013, coming April 17, the Hot Dish is serving up 50 of our favorite local dishes.
|So delicious you won't miss the liver|
Ever since Stewart and Heidi Woodman's Birdhouse opened in the former Duplex space on Hennepin, healthy eating no longer just feels like fueling up. The couple's mission to create a restaurant with wholesome (often meat-free and sometimes dairy-free) options available at all hours of the day has most definitely been accomplished with its menu of fresh-pressed juice cocktails and spritzers; springy, savory spelt waffles; and some pretty incredible braised short ribs.
It's thoughtful, sustainable fare that's still totally accessible and delicious. One dish embodies all those adjectives perfectly: the simple sweet pea pate.
This light, clean, and richly textured spread makes a perfect start to any meal, and though it's velvety smooth, it's very low in fat. The bottom layer is a vibrant green blend of sweet peas and fresh mint topped with a layer of subtly sharp goat cheese, cracked pepper, and a scattering of pale lavender chive blossoms. Served with seeded crusty bread, each bite has pure clean flavor and luxurious texture.
2516 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN