Took a stroll through the 50th & France hood to find that Pig & Fiddle was indeed finally open.
Long has that neighborhood waited for a good pub, and long have they been watching that space, thirstily. What was once the legendary Pearson's is now the 50th St. Cafe on one side and the Pig & Fiddle pub on the other.
The beer geeks of St. Paul's Muddy Pig are behind the new pub, which had a softly quiet opening with a limited menu this past weekend. Now ready for prime time, the doors are open and the menu is full. And yes, the beer list is worthy and hefty, but there's something special going on, something clearly old-world with dark wood paneled walls and a meaty menu.
I'm a little more that giddy to see plates like apple bramborak, which are little potato pancakes I remember from Prague, not to mention brick cheese dumplings and borscht. It's like an old lady's kitchen exploded in Nordeast and landed in Edina. Polish pierogi, braised beef carbonnade stew with Brussels sprout stoemp (think Belgian bubble and squeak), a pot roast pasty, and Ukranian solyanka stew with pickles all grabbed my eye. Even the burger comes with sweet & sour cabbage and the chicken sandwich is malt-braised.
If this overcast and chilly weather holds, they couldn't have asked for a better time to open.
Pig & Fiddle (no web yet)
3812 50th St. W.