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“Promise unfolding! Special dinners monthly now!”
Review of Cup and Saucer

Cup and Saucer
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Sherburn
Cuisines: American
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Minneapolis
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Promise unfolding! Special dinners monthly now!”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

With better weather arriving, we planned for our first ‘Dining-Destination’ road trip of 2014. We've been watching the FaceBook postings of 'The Cup' since we found it last fall. I'd read the reviews of diner's fortunate enough to attend past Chef's Dinners there and managed to secure two of the few reservations offered at the ‘Cup & Saucer’ in Sherburn Minnesota for their monthly prized ‘Chef’s tasting dinner.’

This is a very special 'once-per-month' event that the owners of the Cup have launched at their dining-destination restaurant in south central Minnesota.

This event often books up months in advance so there’s time for you to put your trip together. (A good selection of hotels up the highway in Fairmont MN can be found on TripAdvisor.)

Since we first discovered ‘Cup & Saucer’ late last summer, this visit found that it has grown in capabilities and reputation, The daily menu (breakfast and lunch) too, has grown to include artful omelets, delicious soups and house-made Exceptional Pies and Cakes. Sandwiches are a trademark, and salads sport house-made dressings including lemon-citrus vinaigrette and an airy Roquefort dressing.

Recently they added a thoughtful selection of wines and (soon) craft beer! I'd intended to photograph each course but became so engaged with each course that I consumed the first two courses of the dinner without stopping to take a picture.

The dinner menu is announced at the meal. Then, let the adventure begin!

All guests arrived close to the starting time for the meal (6pm in this case) and the restaurant filled to capacity with expectant diners. Each party was greeted by the Co-Owner Elizabeth and each table was finely dressed with a slate name plate sporting each parties last name. An elegant personal touch!

Menus awaited at each seating area. Six courses were planned for us this special night. I've listed the items in the order of presentation. (Wine service (extra).

First was called 'Amuse': Devils on Horseback. Misnamed because the flavors blending together of date stuffed with a succulent, creamy melted cheese, wrapped in bacon and broiled were—by far—more angelic than that name implies.

Following that treat came a lovely and light artichoke soup dressed with a piece of crispy slow roasted chicken skin, and artful drizzles of parsley and chili oils.

The salad course featured arugula and chervil dressed with radish, caramelized shallots, goat cheese and a few delightful pistachios. This was dressed with a house-made citrus vinaigrette. Consumed without leaving a trace!

The meat dish was a roasted half Quail that sported a roast garlic and molasses glaze, topping parmesan dusted heirloom beans with baby green beans adding both color and flavor to this flavorful delight.

Fresh fish came next—wild caught Halibut adorning a succulent array of delicate wild mushrooms and different heirloom beans dressed with caramelized fennel and fingerling potatoes.

Dessert was a dreamy Panna Cotta with slight grapefruit syrup. I loved the wedge of ruby grapefruit to accent the creamy sweetness. Under most circumstances, I’m not a fan of desserts, but this one didn’t last beyond three minutes in front of me.
My wife and I ended our Cup & Saucer ‘Chef’s Tasting’ with coffee, exceptional tastes still dancing on our palates, and smiles as we both said...Now THAT was a real experience!

I must say that the serving of these many courses--each with it's own silverware--and removal of all of those plates, add-in attentive wine service too, was as professionally done and choreographed as at private clubs I've belonged to!

At $75 per person plus wine, it’s not for everyone. But if you have the time to plan a little road trip for a dining adventure, you will be well advised to get yourself in line for a table for a future event.

Well worth planning for—the new dining experience in an unlikely town, off a major highway will repay you with memories of culinary skill delivered on your plates.

  • Visited March 2014
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Minneapolis
Level 3 Contributor
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“Unbounded imagination & culinary skills meet locally sourced foods!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a hidden gem that deserves to be main-stage. After culinary education, training under 'star' name master chefs, and almost a decade as executive Sous Chef of one of the most prestigious private clubs in the Twin Cities, the owner and chef of The Cup & Saucer is following his dream in a place of his own.

Down the road from a major expressway, The Cup is easy to access and even easier to love. Currently serving only breakfast and lunch, this restaurant exudes fresh and well-thought out entrees prepared from locally sourced meats vegetables and fruits.It's not uncommon to witness local patrons dropping off flats of fresh tomatoes, arm loads of fresh rhubarb or eggplant or apples. Whatever is in season. They love seeing them transformed by the chef into edible works of art.

No mistake, this establishment is a family labor of love. Chef Seth is joined by his co-partner in business--and in life--as his wife makes all of the fresh-baked desserts that constantly change with the freshest items the season presents.Fresh made soups stand on their own. (I enjoyed a light yet creamy carrot-ginger soup!)

Patrons travel far and wide to the Cup & Saucer. We are on a relocation trip to KC, and had read about this spot and came for the experience. We're glad we did. We have this location bookmarked on our GPS!

On our trip we'd just missed a couple from France who were on a "back-woods across America" trip, and wrote about their experience in their food/adventure blog. Other diners come from the Twin Cities, Michigan/Ohio, Florida, Colorado, California as well as England and Australia.

We dined on their specialty the "Piggy-Wiggly" burger of seasoned local pork topped with home sweet cured bacon, fresh made onion jam, house spiced ketchup and house made pickles on a pretzel bun! My wife enjoyed the bountiful chopped salad with tender pulled chicken and garden fresh greens. She chose the chef-made lemon vinaigrette dressing, while I fell in love with the orange dressing.

The owners provide honest, innovative dishes, and their 'take no short-cuts' approach also includes fresh made baked goods and desserts prepared by the Chef's wife.

If you're in the area you should explore The Cup & Saucer. Maybe it will become a frequent destination for you too!

  • Visited September 2013
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Tifton
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“Great Cafe! Don't Miss”
Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

We were in Sherburn to visit with our daughter while she attended job duties. I regret we did not come to this oasis of a restaurant earlier because we would have eaten there every day. The outside of the small cafe can be easily overlooked on Main Street of the town, not really representing that which waits inside. There is a well trained, hospitable chef along with a great group of friendly servers that don't miss a beat. The atmosphere is definitely a draw back to the old cafe days with a menu that pays homage to those times, but the old times stop there. Think salad with baby greens and pickled kohlrabi, freshly poached and pickled beets(right from chefs garden),goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, orange slices and citrus rosemary vinaigrette! Oh yes! Not sure what the locals think of this dish, but I suspect if they try it they will not go back to a wet brown iceberg seen in other restaurants. We had the cheeseburger soup that was delicious. My wife had the chicken salad sandwich that had great flavor, fresh chicken, and very much homemade taste. Her side cole slaw was very lightly seasoned and not heavily fatted with mayo. Very crisp and light. I had to try the warmed razzleberry pie. No one knew what this was but tasted of raspberry and blackberry mixture with a light crispy crust. The story of the chef and his wife,and how they came to own the restaurant is straight out of a fairy tale. Don't miss the story posted in the restaurant and talk to them if they have time. Definitely worth a drive from the interstate or the surrounding communities and shouldn't be missed. This was the best of the group where we ate on our trip.

  • Visited August 2013
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Chaska, Minnesota
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“Bringing back the Mom and Pop cafe”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Classic old tyme diner close to Interstate 90. You must drive off the road to experience a little Americana. Interesting twists on classic American fare. Who thought you'd find a trained chef in a small mid-western town! These are our new pioneers! Breathing life back into rural Minnesota.

  • Visited June 2013
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