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9-28-06
Erte Restaurant

Go To Europe For Dinner

Erte (612) 623-4211
1304 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

That’s what it feels like when you walk into The Peacock Lounge, the main entrance for Erte’.  The Lounge has a theatrical flair with the elevated Bird Cage Stage, showcased with floor to ceiling maroon velvet curtains.  The 32 foot zinc top bar and mahogany raised paneled base add to the room’s old world charm.  Entry to Erte’ is through massive mahogany doors which draw your eye up the mustard walls to the plum maroon upper walls and then on to the original tin ceilings 16 feet over your head.

Even though there’s a European feel, the menu is definitely American with its emphasis on steak. They offer four steaks that seem ridiculously cheap for the quality of the cuts. And then there’s the old Erte' standard, the Brisket they’ve been making for years.  And if you’re not in the mood for steak, they offer walleye, Star Prairie Trout, Catch of the Day, a Porketta, Faux Fried Chicken and Chicken Saltimbocca. What was I saying about an American menu? I better take that back. This is Euro/American at its best.

Some of the side dishes are intriguing also, such as the Popeye Creamed Spinach, Le Smush Mashed Potatoes, and the Potato Au Gratin with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions.   All the desserts are made on site and change seasonally, the Key Lime Pie is so good it’s become a trademark dessert. Then there’s the Black Bottom Banana Pie, White Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake, a Mango Delight cheesecake and Pumpkin cheesecake with Ginger Snap crust and caramel sauce.

Dinner hours are 5-9pm Monday through Thursday, and starting October 1st, the dinner hours will expand to 5-11pm Friday and Saturday. Prices range from $17 dollars for the House steak to $26 dollars for the 16oz Ribeye. Everything else runs between that and the $15 dollar Brisket. Starters run between $9 and $12 dollars, including the Erte’ Platter, which screams for a bottle of wine. Speaking of which, Erte’ offers half price bottles of wine on Monday and Tuesday. and Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4-7pm and 10-12pm in the Peacock Lounge. Lunch, with a variety of sandwiches and salads,  is Monday through Friday from 11-2pm. Erte’ is located at the corner of 13th Avenue and University Avenue in the heart of Historic Arts District in Northeast Minneapolis.

Story by Mark B. Kraske, owner

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