Norma Marie has expanded its menu — and its experience —

First, there was Norma Marie, a restaurant and ice-cream parlor founded in 1916 by two of the founders of the Twin Cities. Since then, four-star meals have been served in twos. The menu at…

Norma Marie has expanded its menu — and its experience —

First, there was Norma Marie, a restaurant and ice-cream parlor founded in 1916 by two of the founders of the Twin Cities. Since then, four-star meals have been served in twos. The menu at Norma Marie has been printed as a quilt, in varying colors and patterns. It’s all pleasing to the eye: angel wings, clown noses, feather boas.

Now, as it opens its third location, its menu has been expanded, the dining room is airier and the service is more casual. The staff, wearing T-shirts and jeans, is cheerful, attentive and eager to show you round. There are five chefs behind the counter. I had one more scone at a separate table and we shared them.

Mr. Balliet and sous chef David Ebert, who earned a Michelin star in 2010 at Norma Marie at its first location, have brought back a few of the distinctive dishes featured there, including the bruschetta made with pine nuts and cracked peppercorns, and the prime rib and a pepper caramel filled with bourbon jam. They have added mise en place, an exquisite salad of roasted winter squash.

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