The scoop: Small plates, comfy sandwiches and desserts to-die-for in Robbinsdale? Yes, Robbinsdale. The hard-working staff of chefs and freewheelers at Travail Food and Amusements are playing "foodie" with the good suburban folks, and boy are we glad.
Small plates: Though the menu changes often, we relished seasonal ingredients like the mushroom soup and the beet salad. The "Figlets" (which had us at the word "figlet") and the bleu cheese tots were tasty and unique in texture and flavor. Have these to share before a meal, or string three or four together to make a meal.
Entrees: The fish and chips, burger and chicken all seemed safe (and scrumptious) for fussy eaters, while the sandwiches and meatier dishes had bulk and flare. Let the price point be your guide on these dishes, the higher the tag, the bigger the dish.
Dessert: All we can say is save room for dessert and don't try to make all the decisions! Chef's pick is best. Some of the dishes (like the "Fire and Ice" chocolate sampler come with table-side presentations... eating this one is like playing a game (great for a date!)
The scene: Busy at lunch and certainly more-so at dinner, be prepared to wait as there are not many tables. Grab a glass of wine and head for the back, where you can play shuffle board, tic-tac-toe on the chalk-board wall (or hangman, whatever) and instead of darts—a round of wall-mounted beanbags.
The bottom line: Don't wait another minute to try this place—though picky eaters beware—there's not much description on the chalk-board menu, and the plates come out with ingredients that suit the chef. If this is your thing (as it is ours) you'll be set.