Wise Acre Eatery

One of the best

On a farm in Plato, Minnesota, Scottish Highland Cattle graze; Berkshire and Large Black hogs grow fat; produce is grown year-around in fields and greenhouses — all to become the menu at Wise Acre Eatery. Located in a former gas station, this casual restaurant is farm-to-table dining at its finest. (Actually, the management likes to call it “farm to fork.”) It is a fun place — come as you are for brunch and lunch, and maybe make a reservation for supper (I didn’t need one Monday night) — but behind the easy-going air is an earnest mission to serve local food prepared with brio.

A spring vegetable plate of grilled asparagus and green onions on herbed goat cheese is a breathtaking example. It arrives in a cloud of smoky fragrance, the large, perfectly al dente stalks of asparagus so fresh that you want to call them sweet. But they are not really sweet; they are earthy and just-picked fresh. The same asparagus makes a fine, brilliantly flavorful soup that is so thick you almost could eat it with a fork.

The Royal Brie and Bacon Burger, available at supper Sunday through Thursday, is not seasonal. If you like burgers and/or bacon, it is a must. The hamburger itself is a 1/3-pound patty of hugely flavorful beef, moist and fairly humming with protein potency. Atop it comes a single slab of melting-rich Wise Acre bacon that seems itself to be a quarter pound of flavor. On the side are good French fries with house-made beet ketchup.

In fact, much is made with beets in this kitchen, most notably a chocolate beet cake in which the root vegetable adds its own unique sweetness to the dense chocolate cake, which comes topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting. The frosting is shockingly unsweet — at first, disconcertingly so — but a few bites reveals a marvelous strategy in which the creamy cheese on top serves as a brilliant foil to bring out the full cocoa verve of the cake below.

Seating is at bare tables indoors and outside. Service is friendly and enthusiastic. My waitress really seemed sad when she told me that they had been so busy the last couple of days that they had run out of custard for dessert. She made me promise to come back again and try it. I did. No surprise, the custard was wonderful, especially so because it came topped with rhubarb caramel sauce.

What to Eat
Wise Acre Eatery, Royal Brie and Bacon Burger
Royal Brie and Bacon Burger
Have a hamburger with your bacon? The 'Royal Brie and Bacon Burger' is an astonishingly luxurious sandwich; and as sensational as that sweet, smoky slab of bacon is, the burger itself is a juice-laden masterpiece.
Wise Acre Eatery, Spring Vegetable Plate
Spring Vegetable Plate
Spring vegetable plate: grilled asparagus and green onions on herbed goat cheese
Wise Acre Eatery, Chocolate Beet Cake
Chocolate Beet Cake
Chocolate beet cake is topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting.
Wise Acre Eatery, Rhubarb Caramel Custard Sundae
Rhubarb Caramel Custard Sundae
Smooth, egg-rich custard is topped with sweet/tart rhubarb caramel sauce: grand flavor harmony. (After it was a gas station and before it was a restaurant, the building that houses Wise Acre Eatery was a custard stand.)
Wise Acre Eatery, Root Vegetables with Pickle Butter
Root Vegetables with Pickle Butter
Root vegetables with pickle butter is a tart, tangy, eye-opening side dish.
Wise Acre Eatery, Farm Fries
Farm Fries
Crisp French fries (here known as Farm Fries) are accompanied by a ramekin of beet ketchup.
Wise Acre Eatery, Dilled Popcorn
Dilled Popcorn
What is here called 'Rural Supper / Urban Dinner' begins with flavored popcorn. This batch is dill. Two nights later, it was honey/rosemary.
Wise Acre Eatery, Grape Lilac Soda
Grape Lilac Soda
Each day Wise Acre creates a different sparkling soda. This one is grape-lilac. So very refreshing.
Wise Acre Eatery, Asparagus Soup
Asparagus Soup
Asparagus soup is thick and burly. A hearty taste of Spring.
Wise Acre Eatery, Beet Soup
Beet Soup
Frothy beet soup is topped with a dollop of horseradish-dill sour cream.
Wise Acre Eatery, Spring Salad
Spring Salad
A buff slab of Wise Acre bacon crowns a spring salad.
Wise Acre Eatery, Celery Root Fritter
Celery Root Fritter
Cornmeal fritters that come with a spring salad contain celery root and sweet peas.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 8pm
Monday9am - 8pm
Tuesday9am - 8pm
Wednesday9am - 8pm
Thursday9am - 8pm
Friday9am - 9pm
Saturday9am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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