Last Sunday, after weeks of eating in Northfield, we sneaked out of town and tried the rather new Apple Valley restaurant called, ‘Enjoy!’. We met another couple for a birthday celebration, not mine, thank goodness, I am old enough already! Anyway, we had a wonderful experience once we got over the big sand ashtray/planter located where the guardians should be, with cigarette butts laying in and around it. The exterior is a depressing mustard gold and the interior is more like 70s fine dining than anything of this century even though it was built very recently. When we got inside, we noticed the booths had torn corners which didn’t make me feel like I am in a quality place that wants m our quality money for a meal. As the night wore on, however, I quickly forgot about the butts and rips and moved on to a rich dining experience.
Each of our foursome ordered something different. The birthday lady ordered the daily special asparagus soup with an Enjoy! salad with gorgonzola cheese and lovely gold and red tomatoes and avocado dressing. She was very pleased with it and some of my mercilessly delightful Lobster Ravioli – Black and white pasta stuffed with lobster, toped with shrimp, asparagus and our home made tarragon cream sauce~garnished with sweet potato shoestrings. I finished my with ease.
Our birthday girl’s husband ordered Pecan Crusted Walleye Topped with a dollop of maple pecan butter and served on a pillow of whipped sweet potatoes with steamed green beans which he found to be quite good. He is on a restricted diet.
My dh ordered Barbecue Ribs Slow cooked for eight hours in our special seasoning makes this dish a labor of love. Served with seasoned, hand-cut French fries and creamy cole slaw. We both ate the ribs, and I found them to be sweet, heavy and tender, but stringy. Dh said that they were better than any he has had, except for Northfield Golf Club’s bbq ribs that were cooked on the barby and served only once as a Friday night special. I concurred. And I should add that the cole slaw was as good as Culver’s.
The birthday girl had one glass of wine, and the rest of us went for the caffeine factor in one form or another.
We got apple compost for a free birthday dessert for the birthday girl, and one maple creme brulee’ for me and dh. Both items were textured nicely, well spiced and very tasty.
There was nice piped in music, the sound level was very comfortable in that we could hear each other across the table with lowered voices, even though the place was about 3/4 occupied. There are several rooms and outdoor dining. The restrooms are A++. Parking is ample and there is handicap ramps inside the restaraunt. I recommend this restaurant highly if you haven’t already beaten us there!
The tab came to about $30 per person, pre-tip. Not bad for a pretty darn good meal.
15435 Founders Lane
Apple Valley, MN 55124