My wife and I, along with our boys, decided to check out the Kaposia Club for their grand opening and while the town may be cheering for this new addition, I’m not quite there yet. A benchmark has been set and after our first visit, I’m hoping that they will only become better and provide a high-quality culinary experience. Not just for the locals, but neighboring communities as well.
How about that food!? The menu is pretty typical for a sports bar, casual dining restaurant. Apps, soups and salads, dinner (the usual steaks, pasta, ribs, etc), sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and small plates for your little ones. Nothing really stands out as a must try! The tap list is somewhat decent with a variety of local brews and out of state brews – I would say a better selection than nearby competitors. But, I do have some immediate suggestions for changes to the menu - set yourself apart from your nearby competitors;
Change Considerations: French Dip, Torta, Traditional Club, Burgers
Replace with (in order): A solid Philly. This part of the world needs a solid Philly. Anything else, but a Torta. I can’t imagine this will be a big seller? Consider a wrap with something other than your typical white or wheat – I would look into Rosemary, Spinach, Sun Dried Tomato. A quality club with a chicken breast, bacon, aioli, arugula on anything other than white or wheat bread (perfecting the current chicken sandwich so-to-speak). Burger options are far too typical. Create a signature Kaposia burger that isn’t comparable to an eating challenge (Bobby’s Ultimate). Think like a real chef and create an exceptional burger. Find a new bun and get creative! Consider a flat top option. Once you go flat top, you won’t go back.
So, what did we order for our first trip? Our little guy went for the mini corn dogs, my sweetie went with a Reuben and I built my own burger (something most people I feel will be doing with the current menu options). Quickly, the mini corn dogs are what you would expect – out of a frozen bag. This isn’t a dig on them. We’ve only come across a very small handful of establishments that have done homemade ones.
I’ll give the Kaposia Club a few months and make a return visit to see if anything has changed for the better and if they’re setting themselves apart from the competition. Maybe I'll even check out their Friday Fish Fry special and see if that's something worth adding to my top 10 list....
456 Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN