At this point, most post-Thanksgiving refrigerators are stocked with little more than leftovers of leftovers. Now’s the time to take advantage of a value-conscious Sunday dinner.
Chef Adam Vickerman has departed Cafe Levain, but his Sunday evening tradition didn’t leave with him. New chef Jordan Young is sticking with the routine, and here’s how it works: three courses for $30 ($25 for vegetarians), and the menu changes weekly. The cozy setting is gratis. Reservations accepted.
4762 Chicago Av. S., Mpls., 612-823-7111, cafelevain.com
Here’s a reason to settle into the beautiful dining room at Marin Restaurant & Bar: On Sunday evenings, chef Mike Rakun prepares a $20 three-course meal, and it’s always a doozie. Last week’s menu started with a salad of kale and pickled Fresno chiles tossed in a lemon yogurt, chicken with braised mushrooms and a potato puree and carrot cake. The bar sticks to bargain-night prices with $12 bottles of house wine. Reservations accepted.
901 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-252-7000, marinrestaurant.com
At Muffuletta, chef Matt Ellison makes Sunday evenings special with a changes-weekly fixed-price ($27) three-course dinner. Last week, diners could warm up with the kitchen’s silky beer-cheese soup or a perfect-for-autumn wild rice-cranberry-apple salad. The main course was a toss up: Thai-style pork skewers, pheasant-mushroom risotto or linguine tossed with vegetables. Dessert was simple: puff pastry filled with tart lemon and tangy cranberry. Lovely. Reservations accepted.
2260 Como Av., St. Paul, 651-644-9116, muffuletta.com