Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, a food critic I enjoy reading, gave Cafe Ena a bad review, and it's one time I honestly didn't understand what she was talking about. I've been to Ena several times, and each time it gets more interesting. The South American-French fusion food (French because, we were told, the chef is French-trained, and a lot of dishes come with colorful sauce squiggles) is prepared imaginatively and well, and the service is usually excellent. The menu keeps changing and the specials (scallops with mascarpone mashed potatoes, pork loin with a chorizo tamale and black beans) are definitely worth trying. Ena has become the restaurant we often suggest when friends ask, "Where should we go to eat?" Our friend Andrea should have her own booth there by now, or at least a small brass plaque. Tip: If you want a booth (and you do), ask for one when you make your reservation.
Cafe Ena, 4601 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419; 612-824-4441