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October 19, 2007 / Tony

Lunch at Cafe Muse

Cafe Muse is a counter service based restaurant inside of the Plains Art Musuem in Fargo, ND.  As such, it has the advantage of being in a rather beautiful setting as it looks into the main entrance of the musuem.  It is run by Mosaic Foods, which is a catering company that also puts on cooking demonstrations.  I was previously unaware of this and I think I’ll take advantage of it some night. 

For my lunch, I chose to eat Chile-Infused Pumpkin Bisque and a vegetarian sandwich on Focaccia (sorry, I have forgotten the name).  Here’s a picture of my half eaten soup:


It was really nice, homemade soup.  It was basically a pumpkin puree with small bits of shallots and celery that was flavored with some chile peppers.  There was such a great balance between the pumpkin and chile flavors.  Neither was very strong but both had their individual effects on the dish.  In fact, the soup itself was not that strongly flavored.  Instead, I can say it was pleasantly unobtrusive.  Very, very elegant.

My sandwich was not quite as good.  It was a melange of pesto, hummus, roasted red onion, seared tomato, a broccoli, carrot, and cauliflower mixture, gouda cheese, and sprouts.  There was a lot going on in the sandwich.  Every ingredient was really flavorful and of good-quality but it almost seemed like overkill on the sandwich.  But I think there was just too many flavors.  Perhaps, the sprouts may have been too aggressive an ingredient to top everything off.  Here’s a look at the sandwich:


Overall, though, I can’t wait to have lunch there again, especially for some great soup.  Cafe Muse is found in the Plains Art Museum.  The address is: 704 First Avenue North • Fargo, North Dakota.  The phone number is: (701) 232-3821 x118.  Please check it out. 



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  1. Anonymous / Nov 1 2007 12:51 pm

    later in the semester i have to do an assignment where i have to visit the plains art museum, i think i’ll check out cafe muse. it looks great 🙂

  2. Doc / Nov 23 2007 1:11 pm

    I really like the food at cafe muse. I was sad to see them end their breakfast service, as there aren’t many places that do a good breakfast menu in town. I’ll miss the french toast brulee.

  3. Ole / Jun 24 2008 3:31 pm

    Cafe Muse is run by I think they’re not the same as Mosaic Foods.

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