Great chefs: Travail has an element of surprise

  • Article by: KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2012 - 10:15 AM

Travail isn't where you might expect it to be, its young chefs are a little scruffy and its food pushes the envelope. Yet its chefs have earned national attention -- and the first spot in our Great Chefs series.

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redwrightFeb. 23, 12 8:48 AM

We tried Travail and were surprised to see that they'd taken most of their "concepts" straight from Victory 44. The staff at Travail couldn't keep up with the crowd the night we were there, and it was amply reflected in the food we were served. Honestly, we have been much more impressed with the quality, presentation and service at the original restaurant. Brave the Northside ... go to Victory 44.

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zangbamFeb. 23, 12 8:49 AM

Ive heard many, many great things about Travail! Ill see you soon!

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jmechten76Feb. 23, 12 9:22 AM

Absolutely love Travail.

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starsucks777Feb. 23, 12 9:45 AM

I have not been there but have been to Victory 44 a couple of times. Each time I was at Victory 44 I was disappointed. I hope Travail isn't like that.

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felcusFeb. 23, 12 9:49 AM

LOL @ redwright

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dolce77Feb. 23, 1210:01 AM

Having once lived near dt Robbinsdale for many years, I think the place was better suited when the Robin bar occupied that spot. It all looks rather pretentious if you ask me and the menu items look like there isn't enough there to "burp a canary". I'd probably pass on it and walk over to the nearby McDonald's. At least I know I'll walk out full and still have most of my cash in my wallet!

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MaxpayneFeb. 23, 1210:07 AM

A fabulous circus-like but relaxed atmosphere. Smiles everywhere, delicious, unforgettable food and an experience you will talk about for days and weeks to come. One of the best bars in town and you're never rushed out the door. Much-deserved Kudos to "The Band".

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janefFeb. 23, 1210:20 AM

My and my companion's "element of surprise" was the overly loud headbanger music, the cramped quarters while waiting for a table, the effort required to procure a napkin after a companion spilled wine on her dress, and the COMPLETE LACK of caring whether we ever served or not. We were on the list at 6:15 with five parties ahead of us. At 8:30 the place had cleared out considerably and we still didn't have a table, though there were a number of them vacant. When we inquired, they said they are waiting so that they can seat all the remaining people at the same time. WHAT? We finally got seated, but were then ignored for almost 20 minutes. When the waiter came over to ask "how's everyone tonight?" we asked for our drink tab. We were done with the place. A manager came over to explain (not apologize) for why their treatment of us was so lousy and we insisted on paying and going. He rolled his eyes at the waiter and YELLED at us. "Leave. Just get out of here." So we left while he made a cutting-the-throat gesture to onlookers. I don't care how good their food purportedly is. We were humiliated and mistreated. We made it to the Butcher Block in NE Minneapolis and enjoyed having TWO waiters attend to our every need. What a contrast.

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dolce77Feb. 23, 1210:22 AM

I liked it better when Robin Bar once occupied that spot. This place looks very pretentious and the menu items look like there isn't enough there to "burp a canary". I think I would rather walk over to the nearby McDonalds instead. At least I know I would walk out full and with most of my money still in my wallet.

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fattymcchubbFeb. 23, 1210:37 AM

janef, that was hilarious.

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