Young Joni {Minneapolis, MN}

165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 {612-345-5719}

Last night I had the greatest impromptu girls night that fell perfectly into place with some great mama girlfriends.  We had friends who bailed on plans, sitters who still showed up and husbands who came home early from golfing.  So we took it and ran with it!  We traded our sweatpants and flip flops in for rompers and heels.  Where did we want to go?  I dunno.  Somewhere where they don’t have crayons for the menus and food that doesn’t pair with ketchup.

We headed towards the city {away from our suburban usual}  and found ourselves in the über hip Northeast Minneapolis.  We stumbled across Young Joni.  #ohluckyday

At first the 1.5 hour wait was a bit offputting, but we grabbed a drink to soak in the atmosphere and press our luck for getting a table.  And Bam.  Score.  We luckily got 3 seats at the bar, which was first come first served.   The ambiance was awesome with the green plants and Edison bulb lights organically styled on wood shelves.

Best part – the way the seating was set up.  You were close enough to feel the buzz of energy from your neighbor, but had enough room to keep your conversation private.   And it was so fun to see what other people ordered – a little preview of what was to come.

 

The bar area – first come first serve. If you are lucky enough to score one, it is the best seat in the house.

 

The Summer Vegetable pizza – What our neighbors were having. And what their neighbors were having.

 

First Course – Bibim Grain Salad:  Ah-mazing!  The egg was cooked perfectly and all the picked veggies were sliced so thin that you got a perfect tang with every bite.  And the beans and farro – an amazing soft texture that had enough body to back up all the flavors while white not getting in the way.  Fresh, interesting and full of flavor and texture. Yum.

First Course – Bibim Grain Salad:  {Job’s tears, farro, brussels sprouts, zucchini, tare mushrooms, pickled vegetables, daikon, nori, mixed seeds, soft egg, gochujang vinaigrette}

 

Second Course I- Three Bean Salad :  The three beans were marinated in the perfect marriage of spice, sweetness and flavor.  And the carrot miso vinaigrette – it is amazing!  {Tip:  Keep your plate and use the pizza crusts to eat up the rest of the sauce.  Worth it}

Second Course I- Three Bean Salad :  {charred green beans, snap peas, crispy chickpeas, Calabrian chili, fresh herbs, carrot miso vinaigrette}.

 

Second Course II- Cauliflower : I love roasted cauliflower!  This was out of this world.  The cauliflower is marinated overnight so the flavor is just saturated in every piece. And it rests on a yoghurt sauce for a light and creamy finish.  It is jam packed full of flavor.

 

Second Course II – Cauliflower: {shishito peppers, saffron chermoula, pickled fresno, golden raisins, almond picada, cauliflower yogurt}

 

Pizza Course- Summer Vegetable Pizza : Even though this wasn’t on the menu, it was a fan favorite.  It was like a farmers market married the yummiest fresh pizza dough and the ceremony was in a copper pizza oven.  Top it with creamy burrata cheese and the result – pizza perfection.

Summer vegetable pizza – {Tomatoes, sweet corn, zucchini,basil, burrata cheese, garlic}

 

Don’t miss the Photo Booth to document the night!

Complimentary photobooth with photo wall

 

The best.  Service was spot on, ambiance was interesting and food was delicious.  If you are in Minneapolis and have a night free of kiddos – go here!  Promise. You won’t regret it.  #cheese

xoxo, BC

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