Travail Kitchen and Amusements

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Robbinsdale’s Travail Kitchen and Amusements was just named on of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2011!

There was no celebrity-chef hype around the opening of Travail Kitchen and Amusements. I didn’t book weeks in advance. I just drove to this unassuming suburban spot 15 minutes from Minneapolis for lunch one day and ended up going straight back for dinner. Here’s why: They’ve got the best house-made charcuterie, crazy-low prices (a ten-course tasting menu for two for $60!?), and smart, ambitious food that applies elements of molecular gastronomy to the Midwestern traditions of pickling, preserving, and lots of meat. It’s both prepared and served by a motley crew of chefs who cook like a band making its first album, i.e., without limits. They’ve got a hit on their hands.

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Has anyone tried this new restaurant yet?   If so, post your thoughts in the comments section!

Travail Kitchen and Amusements
4154 West Broadway
Robbinsdale, MN 55422