Dined on March 25th.
Before catching Riverdance at the State Theatre, we made a pit stop into Victory 44 for dinner. Victory 44 had long been on my list and I was looking forward to this. It is nestled in the middle of a residential area in North Minneapolis. On its website, Victory 44 calls itself a casual neighborhood restaurant offering a seasonal menu highlighting local foods and farms paired with great beer and wine.
First impressions – We arrived there around 5 pm, just in time to catch their happy hour and before the dinner rush. We were greeted by the hostess as soon as we walked into the door. The place was not overly busy, but most tables already had a ‘Reserved’ sign. It was apparent that they were preparing for the dinner crowd. They had a table available for 2 in the back dining area. We did not have reservations as they need to be made 3 hours in advance.
Service – No complaints! That is always a good thing. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and more importantly patient. As this was our first time there, we had lots of questions and she did not hesitate to answer all of them. She provided great details about the food. The menu is on a chalkboard with no description of the items, hence the questions.
Our appetizer was the Loaded Dill Pickle ($6), a take on a loaded baked potato, except it is a pickle. The pickle is loaded with bacon dust, pickled mustard seed, and a little dill gel. The dish also comes with a side of chips. The chips are nice but the star here is the pickle. The combination of the bacon, mustard, and dill gel is just goodness in your mouth.
These house made Pork Sausage ($16) are served with rice, turnips, and a cherry mustard sauce that was very flavorful. Sarah absolutely loved the cherry mustard sauce. For her, it made the dish. She couldn’t stop raving about it.
The infamous Perfect Burger ($15) served with a pile of delicious fries, dusted in bacon powder. A very nice homemade ketchup is also included. As far as burgers go, the Perfect Burger is pretty classic. The patty is a mixture of pork and beef, topped with American cheese, bacon, pickles and a horseradish aioli. The Perfect Burger was good and cooked perfectly.
Verdict – We loved the casual atmosphere, the service, and most importantly the food. We both agreed that we would be open to going back and try new items. I think if we lived closer, we would frequent the place often, especially for Happy Hour. Victory 44 also offers an 8 course tasting menu for 2 ($75) and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
2203 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm / 5pm – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am – 10pm