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Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Gnome

Mixed Greens 

Duck Drummies

PEI Mussels 
Last night, my husband and I finally tried the Happy Gnome, a gastro-pub off on Selby in St. Paul. Upon first glance, you may think Happy Gnome is a typical burger joint, but once you enter and try their fare, you'll think otherwise. They have a fancier dining area towards the back in addition to their bar seating, a lovely patio, and live music weekly. The food is affordable, innovative and absolutely delicious. Their menu features several small plates, perfect for a casual dining experience. My husband and I decided to dine in the bar area. We wanted to nibble on a few small plates, so we ordered the green salad, duck drummies and mussels. The salad was packed with flavor and texture. The dressing was a pungent dijon vinaigrette which boosted the natural flavors of the fennel and bitter greens. For $6, I would definitely order this again. Next, we tried their duck drummies served on a bed of rice noodles, coconut milk and green curry sauce. The drummies were cooked perfectly with crispy skin and tender meat. The rich curry sauce kept us soaking up every bit of sauce with the drummies. This dish was creative and unique- the essence of Happy Gnome's concept. Lastly, we tried their mussels, cooked with white wine, chorizo and creme fraiche. The mussel broth was a bit salty, with a hint of spice from the chorizo. The mussels were equally as flavorful as the drummies and salad, leaving me wanting more and more of this place. Happy Gnome is now one of my St. Paul favs!

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