When I traveled to Minnesota for Easter weekend I finally got to try Mill Valley Kitchen, a new restaurant I has been dying to go to. My mother goes at least once a week, or so it seems as every other time I am calling her she is leaving, and lots of college friends are always checking in on Facebook. It has quickly become a family and friend favorite!
I knew I would be a fan as soon as we pulled up and I saw they had valet. I kid, I kid, but I will admit Dallas is a valet city and it spoils you when you go elsewhere and CANNOT find parking when you dying to eat :)
Mill Valley has a very fresh menu and they try to use local ingredients when possible. I have read a number of articles about trying to eat food from within thirty miles of you, but would be lying if I said I did that. However, I do love to support local farmers and was very happy to see Mill Valley Kitchen is doing that in Minnesota.
I started off with an incredibly refreshing "Red Moon". It was just delicious and had I not paced myself I would likely have downed it in just a few minutes.
While it has become incredibly common, I still love when you can see into the kitchen of a restaurant. I love watching the chefs prepare meals and work "under pressure". Somehow it makes it seem so much better/fresher/cleaner.
Another perk of Mill Valley Kitchen is that their menu shows all the nutritional information for their dishes. I opted for Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Flatbread which was DELICIOUS. I may have eaten the entire thing myself :)
Everyone else at the table opted for the Reuben which was a special. Judging by what was left on their plates it was just as delicious as my flatbeard.
The atmosphere of Mill Valley is distinctly different from other Minneapolis restaurants in my opinion. It is very fresh (they have lovely and huge floral arrangements I adored) and feels much more LA/trendy than other area haunts.
Since we went for lunch the bar was empty, but I have a sneaking suspicion it is the place to be after work. I read online that the majority of wines Mill Valley Kitchen serves have some sort of connection on Minnesota which is fun.
Opa and I after enjoying our delicious meal. Thank you for treating us to a delightful lunch!
The walls are covered in vibrant art work. No detail has been overlooked whether it be food or decor. I loved this circle work by the ladies room.
This modern painting fit in perfectly with the decor of the rest of the restaurant too.
While I am unsure how many Minnesota readers, or even just readers that occasionally travel to the Twin Cities, I have I just had to share this wonderful restaurant with you all. I am hoping Mill Valley Kitchen might want to expand because I loved it that much, and I eat out often. The atmosphere and food are delightful and delicious. I cannot wait to visit again and would highly suggest those that are able do the same!