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Steven Brown's St. Genevieve Softly Opens in South Minneapolis

Let's slip into a little menu porn while waiting for the official first day of business.

An eagle-eyed tipster altered us that St. Genevieve, chef Steven Brown's second restaurant was open for dinner last night. A quick perusal of social media found us a very useful image of the menu.

Brown is the wildly popular owner of Linden Hill's Tilia. When he spoke with us about the new project back in June, he was doing his very best to manage the already skyrocketing expectations. "To me, the excitement of food has always been about discovery," he said at the time.

Consider our excitement brimming over. The time for discovery is nigh.

The French-tavern menu includes a selection of small plates priced from $9-15 from gem lettuce to foie gras. Boudin noir (that's blood sausage) is served with a soft egg, espelette on puff pastry for $8. Roasted acorn squash dressed with sorghum and herbs de provance is also $8.

Potato pave a la poutine. Photo courtesy St. Genevieve Facebook page

Potato pave a la poutine. Photo courtesy St. Genevieve Facebook page

Larger plates are in the twenty dollar range and include duck prepared two ways: a breast and confit with potatoes, pickled red cabbage and moutarde de meaux. Pork tenderloin is served with roti-style grits, celeriac remoulade and an onion puff for $21.

There is also an entire section of the menu devoted to tartine: the darling open-faced French sandwiches. You want your Frenchy little escargots? They've got them. Traditional hammy madame? They've got that, too.

Right now, the restaurant is only serving friends and family, but soon - December 15 - the rest of us can darken that doorway at 5003 Bryant S. Ave.

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