Although not a true restaurant, it’s all about food and eating, so here we go;
2010 Jefferson Road
Heritage Square-just off Hwy. 3 South
Northfield, MN 55057
Offerings: Make & Take or Pick-up , Delivery and Express Entreé
When the old Sociale Gourmet opened, we went in for a pick up entree’.
We chose the chicken pot pie and took it home.
We had to cook it in the oven for over an hour. Not fast.
We opened up the very hot pie and ate it up cuz by that time
we were starved. Although we liked it, I felt it was way too
salty. I like to put in my own salt, and I never do. I like the
way food tastes ala naturale. I also figured I could get that
same amount and quality of pot pie from Marie Callendar from Cub’s
freezer for $6-7.00, and cook it in about 20 minutes less time.
When we heard of the new owner, we were a bit hesitant to try, but
I kept thinking that the concept was good. Cheaper than a restaurant
but you pay more for the convenience of having a special meal put
together, either by you or them, and then cook and heat as you like.
I could still taste the salt when we walked in to the new Sociale,
and asked if they had some fare without it. They did have a lower
sodium group of meals, called lites, so we chose a pineapple pork and vegetables dish.
It is a little bit tough for us to find one thing we both like. We are a case of
opposites attract, but we can finish any plate of food together. Anyway,
the meal was good overall, the salt was reduced significantly and we were pleased.
But the price for one prepackaged meal was almost $20. Not exactly cheap
and not for us more than 2 servings. I guess if you are really light
eaters, it might last for 2 plus servings as suggested.
And although I liked it, I would say it was a cut or two above Perkin’s best,
but it wasn’t exactly what I think of as a gourmet sauce. In my mind,
anyone can get a tender meat and vegetable dish, but as most chefs say,
that it’s all about the sauce. A sauce should be rich in texture,
have depth of tastes going on several levels and should leave a pleasant
flavor lingering. Sociale almost makes it, but their sauce seems thin in
taste. Having said that, I will give them another shot when I am busy on
a painting project for a couple of weeks at a time, don’t want to cook,
but do want something a bit different to eat.
It’s best to make it yourself, buy in the largest quantity to get the lower
prices, more like $15 per meal, and make the convenience of it work for you.
I have to say the people are have been very friendly, very helpful and make
the trip in worth your time.
Check them out, they may be more to your liking and situation than mine.
The menu changes monthly and is listed online at:
PS-Keep those comments coming! It’s good to hear the feedback and get your points of view.
PSS-Coming next weekend, Porterhouse Steak and Seafood in Lakeville. Sorry, Northfield.