The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen should be experienced, breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Its offerings are unique, simple to complex, fun to look at and a wonder to devour. Located on a busy section of Nicollet Ave, but with the benefit of free parking available across the street at Truong Thanh Market; Copper Hen will make your morning to evening more enjoyable. To begin we ordered Starters and a few items off The Wooden Boards, favorites were Smashed Potato Fries, fried in olive oil, served with a house made green peppercorn crème fraiche | Bread Basket, house made breads with whipped Hope butter and seasonal jam | Butcher’s Selection, the Chef’s choice meat board with accoutrements | Steak & Egg Tartare, beef heart, spices, olive oil, pecorino, quail egg served with grilled baguette slices. A daily rotating soup, entrée portioned salads, pizza, a variety of sandwiches and a select trio of Entrees are also included on the menu. I very much enjoyed the Arugula and Vinaigrette salad, served with crispy shallots, sheep’s milk ricotta, sherry vinaigrette and hemp seeds | The Cheddar Ale Burger, with brown butter, caramelized onions, house made Indeed Brewery’s ale cheese whiz on a brioche bun and the Classic Pizza, fresh tomato sauce, pecorino, house pulled fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil.
Sadly I was too full and out of time, but on my next visit I plan to try the Hungarian Lamb Goulash, braised lamb, Hungarian paprika, caraway served on paccheri. I almost neglected to mention the Cakes, Desserts and Breads. If you don’t have time to dine you have got to stop in and try the Cupcakes!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Notes from Ale Asylum: “Motto: Local hopheads granted asylum. Hopalicious is a refreshing American Pale Ale unique enough for the connoisseur, approachable enough for the novice, and drinkable to everyone. Sure, we could have made it “Bitterlicious”, or even “Maltalicious” for that matter. But we didn’t. We made it Hopalicious. And we made it for the everyday hophead who wants bold, citrus hop flavor without crazy bitterness.”