A hidden gem, Wild Sage offers mindful meals

 

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DYLYNN MAKEPEACE

damakepeace10@ole.augie.edu

A friend of mine tipped me off to Wild Sage Grille, raving about the exceptional quality of the food. But she also offered a bit of advice that was worrisome—she told me to make a reservation in advance since there’s usually a hefty wait time on the weekends.

I followed her advice: Thursday night I called Wild Sage, made a reservation for two and roped my boyfriend, Michael, into a dinner date.

The first two questions Michael asked me were, “Where is it?” and, “Is it expensive?” I didn’t know the answer to either question.

As it turns out, Wild Sage is well hidden. It’s downtown, tucked in an office building with CorTrust Bank. If you have a smart phone, I’d suggest plugging in the address before you set out for your meal. Otherwise you might end up aimlessly circling the one-ways, like we did.

Upon entering the building, Michael and I weren’t sure where to go. Ascending the looming staircase seemed like the most plausible option, but as we were about to head upstairs a janitor spotted us and directed us to the restaurant. It’s actually located out of sight, behind the giant staircase.

Unlike the office building it’s located in, the restaurant itself is aesthetically appealing. The décor is very welcoming, and personal touches at each table—like fresh flowers—make diners feel at ease.

Wild Sage offers both a lunch and dinner menu. Lunch prices hover in the low- to mid-teens, while items on the dinner menu cost anywhere from $10 to $30.

Michael ordered the buffalo burger, and an oatmeal stout to drink. I chose the wild Canadian walleye, accompanied by a glass of rosé wine.

Michael seemed to enjoy his burger, describing it as “juicy.” It came with a side of roasted red potatoes, which were “to die for.” But he griped that his beer was too “pricey.”

My walleye was large, filling the entire length of my plate. Surprisingly, given its size, it had very few bones. The various seasonings in the crumbly breading mingled to create a subtly delicious flavor. Unfortunately the triple roasted potatoes that accompanied my walleye were a little too roasted; they were dry, and after my first bite I left the rest of them untouched.

Probably the coolest aspect of Wild Sage is that the restaurant’s owner, Nancy Gellerman, tries to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Wild Sage uses organic vegetables, and all of the restaurant’s meat raised in South Dakota without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

All in all, Wild Sage offers a splendidly mindful twist on the traditional dining experience. I’d definitely recommend giving the restaurant a try, provided you don’t get lost trying to find it.

I’m a foodie of sorts, to be sure, but I’m by no means a food critic; take everything I say with a grain of salt.

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