One last meal with the class, and a first time trip to a popular restaurant. I headed back to Sioux City from Spencer after a radio interview debuting my recent single, “Maybe” for radio play, and was pumped for some high class dining. Minerva’s is about as classy as it gets, as the decor inside sets the stage for a beautiful dining experience.
When the waitress (incredibly polite with a solid sense of humor) asked for beverage orders, I started with a simple Michelob Ultra, but moved to the strawberry lemonade train after that. This drink was the perfect remedy for a summertime sweat. The sugar on the rim as the perfect way to combat the minor tartness of the lemonade itself. Needless to say, I would buy this by the gallon if it was made available.
For an appetizer, we ordered the coconut shrimp, which turned out to be a shocker. Usually, shrimp is shrimp, but the wasabi and other sauce it was doused in gave it an unbelievable kick. The punch the sauces gave my taste-buds was almost a little too much for me. These weren’t my favorite, but luckily the quesadillas and onion rings that came to our table were out of this world. They were cooked and prepared to perfection, and I’d suggest either of them if you visit.
It’s not every day you rant about a house salad, but today is that day. I was crazy about the Caesar dressing and the way it accented the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The cheese on top just added another pleasant layer of flavor, and the croutons were great. Minerva’s does salad right.
For my main meal, I was in the mood for pasta. I’ve never been to a place that looked like Minerva’s that couldn’t knock a pasta out of the park, so I figured I might as well order a full flavored dish and snack on bread and appetizers until it arrived. The Cajun Chicken Linguine was incredible. The chicken had a perfect balance between spicy and flavorful, and the vegetables all worked together to accent the flavor of the chicken and noodles. I was was unbelievably happy with the broccoli, too, being a complete and utter victim to the glory of a well cooked tree. The entire dish worked together, and there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that I’d order it again the next time I hit this joint up.
Knowing that this was our last stop during our class, I figured I might as well go all-out. Looking at the dessert menu, one item definitely stuck out to me. Seeing the term “Tin Roof Sundae” would have been enough on a normal day, but seeing “sugar coated bacon” in the description had me SOLD. This was the best dessert item I had in our entire time in this class. My Review: Minerva’s is a MUST.