Last week I took my friend Natalie out for her birthday at Haute Dish, the new upscale Midwestern joint on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. I had been wanting to try this place since they opened in 2010, but never got in until now. I remember the chef and owner, Landon Schoenefeld, from our days at Nick & Eddie. At Nick & Eddie, I couldn't help but notice Landon's attention to detail and creative ability in presentation. He would take a boring green salad and turn it into the Taj Mahal of salads! Landon's concept at Haute Dish is very smart and playful. Their slogan is "Classic Midwestern" fare, but with menu items such as Cheetos duck in a can and tator-tots, the title "Classic" is a bit stretched. Natalie and I ordered a few delicious cocktails and bit into a few slices of bread when our server brought out a potato and leek amuse-bouche. The amuse-bouche is designed to wet our appetites, and it did just that. The shooter tasted of a pungent sour cream and potato dish, salty, creamy and delish! For an appetizer, we ordered the steak and eggs tartare and split their classic tator-tot hautedish for dinner. The appetizer arrived on a large platter with lettuce diamonds, a bloody mary-oyster shooter, egg in a hole and steak tartare. The tartare was some of the best I have had because of the depth of the flavor, achieved by the brine of capers, onions, salt, steak and herbs. For dinner, the tator tot hautedish exceeded our expectations. The braised short rib was fall-off-the-bone tender and paired with the softest tators I've ever had. The portions are large and ingredients hearty, so consider sharing with your fellow diners. I loved this restaurant and look forward to trying their stand-out brunch fare.