March 25, 2015

LeDoux's Ranch?

Decided to spend a little time shopping at the Mall of America with the family, our little guy was on spring break from his child care provider for the week. We parked the car at "the old bean patch" and started our day of shopping for the little guy. As dinner time neared, it was time to figure out what mommy and daddy were going to have for din din.

My Gnaw followers know us to not be fans of anything chain related, but unfortunately, that's all that can be found at the MOA. We contemplated eating at; Crave, Hard Rock Cafe, Cadillac Ranch and Buffalo Wild Wings. Crave is more disappointing than it is delicious, we've both have never had good luck at Hard Rock so it was down to two. We should have went with Buffalo Wild Wings, because you're going to need a case of daddy's 90 proof to enjoy the food at Cadillac Ranch. 

Off to the Ranch we go and thinking of what we would consider ordering. We arrived, were sat quickly and ordered some drinks. My wife was honing in on a burger while my attention was focused on their Philly. Remember that case of 90 proof? This is where you'll want to start sipping from the bottle...

My wife's burger, the BBQ Burger actually looked very good as it arrived to the table and I definitely wanted to take a bite. My wife cut it in half and the disappointment started. The only way to enjoy read meat is for it to be pink, well done red meat is just terrible and the dryness makes it inedible. The burger itself had absolutely no flavor and I'm still trying to figure out why cooks/chefs haven't figured it out yet, salt and pepper goes a long way! 

My Philly on the other hand was a complete disappointment without even touching it. The bun was falling apart, it looked as if the cook started his very first day as a cook and the meat, again, looked dry as a dessert with absolutely no flavor. As I took my first bite, I told my wife, "We should have went to Buffalo Wild Wings!" At least there, they have an awesome Jammin' Jalapeno sauce that I love! After my wife took her first bite, she put it down and washed it down with her drink quickly! See how this did against the competition by visiting > On The Streets Of Philasota! 

There may be a bar in this "barn", but I doubt the place stays as packed as Chris LeDoux's Cadillac Ranch even if there is genuine 59' Coupe Deville above the entrance. Yeah, I'm not sure it's actually a 59 or if it's even a Coupe Deville, but I might be close! 

3rd Floor Near Macy's




March 16, 2015

Can You Dig It?

I had some free time on my hands between playing a little "puck" (that's hockey) and attending a very important meeting and needed a little lunch. I was made aware of a new place in town that is apparently serving up delicious burgers and pizza's and a burger and ice cold brew sounded perfect for the spring like weather we had on this particular day.

Digby's, located on the south side of Rosedale Mall just so happens to be the newest restaurant for me to visit and I sure am glad I did. A burger really did sound like a logical choice with such the great weather we were experiencing, so why not try a new guy in town. Like Digby's even says, "It's natures perfect food!" and I would have to agree. They serve them pink or no pink and the only way to eat red meat is for it to be mooing a little bit. I added some pepper jack cheese to my natures perfect food and waited for it to arrive. 

While I waited for my burger, the bartender said a magical word when I asked her about their wings, Whisky. Well..... I can't say no to an order of wings that are made with Whiskey, plus it was happy hours (yes, happy hours) so I ordered them and as I normally would, extra crispy. My wings arrived first and after one bite, I was in chicken wing heaven. These things were perfect and their Whiskey Glaze had the perfect sweet, tangy and full of flavor. These are a must get when you stop by yourself and you can see how their ranking in the wing challenge by visiting > Flying Buffalo?.

My burger arrived and I noticed little chunks of meat falling off with melted cheese trying its best to hold on to it for dear life. My mouth started to water knowing that this thing was going to be juicy. I told the soon to be G.M., Charley that it reminded me of a burger found at a place like Smash Burger or 5 Guys, but with one BIG difference, Digby's burger is full of tremendous flavor while the others are bland. Cooked exactly as described, perfectly pink and every single bite was as good as the previous. Lots of great pepper jack cheese to enjoy and I could have ate another. 

I washed all of my outstanding food down an ice cold brew and spent some time with the G.M. talking about how delicious the food was and that he has nothing to change. Keep it as it is and you'll be successful! I suppose there is one thing that I would change... Make their S&P shakers a moving gadget, especially if it's going to be two porkers in a particular position! I laughed out loud a little bit when the bar tender set them down next to me....


So, can you dig it? Is Digby's going to be one of your next spots to try when you're looking for a great burger or some wings to enjoy? Maybe it will be one of their pizzas, something I would like to try when I return with my wife and child. Whatever your appetite might be, Digby's will have something for you that is worth eating and enjoying.

Rosedale Mall - Roseville