Irish pubs are all over the Twin Cities and I've been to a good chunk of them, however I found one that is easily my favorite and I'm sure glad that former Mn. Twin Jamie Ogden and his brothers were kind enough to open the Manitou Station in White Bear Lake. A solid restaurant starts with a good kitchen, friendly staff and management that everyone likes, respects and keeps things running and that is exactly what Manitou Station has! It also starts with having some good friends that keep telling you to try it and finally do. Now the question is..... Where to start?
Lets start with my clever word replacement "Bangers". A traditional Irish dish of chargrilled banger sausage over mashed taters and a ladle, yes ladle of delicious onion gravy. Sounds really simple, but it's ooooooh so good! My wife ordered up the beef & Guinness stew, served around a pile of mashed taters. For those of you who think beef stew is amazing somewhere else, you haven't had the opportunity of trying Manitou's and it's easily at the top of my lifetime meals list.
You can't leave Manitou Station without starting your meal off with some Scotch eggs for an appetizer or if you'd like, make it a dessert. Again, what the heck are Scotch eggs? Take hard boiled eggs and coat it with a secret blend of Manitou Station amazingness (made up words are fun) that starts with pork sausage and spices of course, deep fry them and serve! WHAT!? If it sounds bad, that's fine, but throw it aside and visit Manitou Station and try them for yourself. Easily the BEST appetizer I've ever had and if I was ever on a diet, I would always say yes to anyone offering up these bad boys...
Great company! Great service! OUTSTANDING FOOD and I really wish I didn't have to go to work Mr. Rundgren because I can't wait to try some of the other items on the menu. Just listen to the names of these dishes... Authentic Shepherds Pie with lamb, Killybegs Fish Pie (mix of shrimp, salmon, whitefish and mashed taters in a sherry white sauce and topped with cheddar cheese than baked)... I mean really, how does that not sound delicious?
What are you waiting for? Stop banging your drum and head to Manitou Station!
2171 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110