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La Belle Vie left nothing to be desired. What an amazing evening!

We got to Stillwater in no time. We arrived early, were greeted with warmth and served with enthusiasm and class.

Their menu consists of very unique dishes - we had such a hard time deciding! Our server encouraged us to take our time and brought the best bread I've ever tasted to enjoy with our wine.

We decided to start with Bruchetta which was refreshingly different. Grilled sourdough topped with a generous layer of tomato, garlic, green onion, basil and capers. Boring is no word to describe the palate of flavors in all of their dishes.

We chose Beef Carpaccio for our first course. It was absolutely amazing. It was stuffed with steak tartare and served with a delicate white truffle sauce, wild mushrooms and wax bean accents. The mixture of flavors was nothing short of exhilarating.

I'll count our second course as the 2nd basket of bread for which our hunger was insatiable. 3 words - New French Bakery. Mmm-mm.

Ryan had the Beef Tenderloin with warm potato salad. The texture and fullness of the flavor was unbelievable. I chose the halibut served over sweet corn with a lobster, mushroom salad. The sweetness of the corn with the tender flavor of the fish was like nothing else I've ever known. We were in heaven!

We left feeling completely satisfied and anxious for our next visit. Sadly, the Stillwater location will be closing this year and re-opening downtown Minneapolis. You might think I'd be happy since it will be within a mile from my place, but the aspect we enjoyed the most was the quaintness and personal attention. I don't see how that won't be sacrificed by moving to the city. I'm sure the menu will continue to be impressive and no doubt your mouth will leave happy, but there's something to be said about the overall dining experience. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm so afraid it will blend into every other upscale restaurant in Minneapolis. My suggestion? Make your reservation and enjoy an afternoon in Stillwater soon. It's a beautiful town, romantic and playful and your stomach will thank you!

After dinner, we walked up and down Main Street stopping in where we were inclined for a drink. We half-watched the Packers lose when we weren't lost in each other's smiles.

I'm the luckiest girl in the entire world.



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