BEST RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT DINING Minneapolis 2008 - 112 Eatery
Used to be, in this town, that late-night dining meant snagging a table at Little T's for a burrito that tasted like it just died and came out of a microwave. But the 112 Eatery changed all that. Designed as a place for post-shift chefs to wind down, 112 Eatery serves full gourmet meals until close, which is midnight Monday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on weekends. So take a seat in one of the deep booths—the ones along the wall that make you feel like you're somebody—and order a few of the small plates, maybe the lamb scottadito with goat's-milk yogurt, the pan-fried gnocchi, the cauliflower fritters, or the sautéed sweetbreads in a clam-and-porcini sauce. The menu offers everything from a humble bacon-and-egg sandwich slathered with harissa to, say, a more haute monkfish served with roasted salsify and crab. The food at 112 is so good that it's nearly impossible to find a table during peak hours without a reservation. But if you go late, you can reap the rewards of spontaneity.