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Wise Acre Eatery

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Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

REVIEW

"Can we go to that bacon place?" asked my friend.

Absolutely. I don't need to be asked twice to dine at the Wise Acre Eatery, particularly if I can get a crack at that carefully brined, barely smoked, teasingly fatty pork belly they modestly call bacon, each monumental slab nudged over a low heat until it achieves a perfect crispy-chewy balance. I get lightheaded just thinking about it.

While I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up crumbled on top of frozen custard -- wait, that's a totally awesome idea -- where this Maserati of bacons really stands out is on what chef Beth Fisher has christened her Shades of Summer salad. It's a seemingly improvisational plate of goodness composed with a flurry of harvested-that-morning lettuces that taste like nothing else available commercially, a selection of vegetables and herbs so seasonally of the moment that a person could set a clock by them, a toss of chicken and dainty quinoa and of course that bacon. The results elevate the phrase "farm-fresh" straight up to the penthouse.

Another one: The snap peas Fisher brushes in olive oil and sprinkles with sea salt and a pinch of sugar before tossing them on the grill, burnishing them with a light char to accentuate their natural sugars. Fisher playfully calls them Minnesota edamame, and I'm ready to declare them the summer's best snack.

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Wise Acre Eatery
5401 Nicollet Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN
612-354-2577

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