Victory 44 a gem for North Side

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2010 - 9:36 AM

It's just what the neighborhood needed: An imaginative and affordable eatery in restaurant-starved north Minneapolis.

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felcusFeb. 10, 10 4:53 PM

...and have not been anything but blown away! It's such an ideal setting for me; the comfort of sitting at a neighborhood bar while enjoying some of the best food I've ever had. I wish I could make it there for the Valentines Day tasting menu (such a steal!), but will have to resort to my post-work pitstops throughout the week. Chef James is top notch! Keep up the good work and creative ideas!

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rej727Feb. 10, 10 6:58 PM

The food was awesome, as usual. They have the best fish and chips in town. I've eaten there several times over the past six months, and have never been disappointed. Keep up the good work!

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bostonbanditFeb. 10, 10 8:31 PM

The food was good, but nothing great. The second time I was there, the dish was overly salty. I hope they make it, but in my opinion, they need to upgrade the food a bit.

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artfemmeFeb. 11, 10 6:37 AM

And a great way to impress your date! I have taken a few dates there and they were won over to the north side!

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lovechoirFeb. 11, 10 7:55 AM

This place is finally the restaurant that it needs to be. Prior attempts in that same place fell flat because they were trying to be too upscale. I can go there and have a beer and burger on a Monday night and return on Friday night for the Cordon Bleu. It feels right and tastes great. Support this restaurant...you won't be disappointed.

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felcusFeb. 11, 10 8:28 AM

From what I hear, this whole new concept was chef James' idea. Not to take anything away from chef Mike, but I think James deserves a little more credit, and Mr. Harcey should count his blessings. Can't wait to go back!

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jimdahlineFeb. 11, 10 9:14 AM

I've known him since I was 7. He's been pretty much cooking up things since then. I can't wait to give this place a shot.

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skutirFeb. 11, 1010:52 AM

They have the best Rueben in the Twin Cities.

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cdahlkvistFeb. 11, 1011:18 AM

I assume "gem" was a typo. Germ is more like it. This place is a plague on not just Victory but on your tastebuds. If you like salt then this place is your idea of Heaven. However, if you like food that has flavor (other than salt and old fryer grease) I would recommend McDonald's over this place. Once again the people that keep trying to start a winning restaurant in this location (it's been through numerous name changes, owners and menus) just can't seem to get it right. 1) Go back to the simple ways of Penn Station. Great burgers and fries. That was a real neighborhood type place 2) Stop with your attempts at fusion foods and foods that are meant to cater to the Hipster scene. 3) Try getting some good beer instead of jumping on the latest local Microbrew fad or the Hipster "what my grandpa drank" fad. No one likes Schlitz or Grain Belt and people don't want to be stuck with the heavy fruit infused Surly all the time either. How about Leinie's Honey? 4) Stop trying to act like a high-end place. You aren't. You're in North and your customers want a place to watch a football or hockey game, listen to some good music or just relax with friends over good food (which is where you are lacking). I assume Victory 44 will fade away like the rest of them have.

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Jeanne_FFeb. 11, 1012:32 PM

Why don't you just stick to Rachel's on Lyndale?

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