My first… visit to the Happy Gnome
Friday night was date night and rather than hitting up one of our favorite haunts we decided to venture into St. Paul and try something new. After perusing many menus we decided upon the Happy Gnome on Selby Avenue. The website boasts an eclectic menu featuring locally grown foods, and over 300 whiskies–we were sold.
Nestled next to the Twin Cities Curling Club, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the exterior– but upon entering I was met with dim lighting, cozy hard wood, and a bustling bar. With a large fireplace at the end of the bar I knew I had entered a place that I will frequent this winter, and that was only the beginning.
After a whiskey soda at the bar we were led around the wrapping bar and into a small dining room. The high ceilings and wood beams and candlelit tables kept the warm fuzzies flowing (well that, and the whiskey)!
Our server was fantastic! She was a petite girl with spikey red hair who was more than willing to give you suggestions from beers to whiskies, and cheese to dessert. We let her guide us through the delicious menu and even exchanged a few high-fives!
Course 2- Cabra al Vino (Drunken Goat):
Course 3- Steak Carpaccio:
Course 4- Halibut for her, Venison for him
Course 5- Cheescake
I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a picture of the most divine piece of cheesecake I have ever tasted in my entire life— “Goat’s Milk Cheesecake pistachio crusted, fresh seasonal berries, and thyme infused honey” (stop drooling on your keyboard)
Course 6- More whiskey:
Not only was the food phenomenal but the service fantastic– I have a new haunt to frequent, and this was is covered in little garden gnomes!