June 8, 2020

The Prescott Food Scene

Prescott might have that small town feel to it, but come the weekends or a beautiful evening during the week, everyone with a boat or Harley takes over the town. And, in order to keep all these people happy, a small town like Prescott needs plenty of places to refuel those gurgling and hungry bellies. With plenty of options to choose from, where does one even start?

Well my fellow food loving friends, you can either follow the bikers into the places they call home. You could always follow the boaters who have their favorite spots. Or, you can continue to check this page for updates on the places you definitely want to check out or maybe consider staying away from as well.

Lucky for me, I’ll be visiting Prescott a lot more often thanks to some family who decided to move across the river into Packer Country. So, grab your boat key, motorcycle, truck or car keys and follow along as we dissect the Prescott food scene.

Prescott Roadhouse, nothing too fancy, not very big, but the grub is absolutely fantastic. After helping family with their landscaping, it was time to order up some of Roadhouse’s grub for the first time. Steak Bites, Fish Taco’s, Shrimp Taco’s, House Dry-Rub Wings, Fries, Burger, Quesadilla and a Grilled Cheese. No, I didn’t eat it all, but I was hungry enough to do just that. The Dry-Rub Wings were made exactly how I like them – extra crispy and seasoned well. The Fish Tacos were spot on, while the Shrimp Tacos were fine – just not as exciting. I nibbled on all the other items and the flavors were very good. I’d be happy to go back over to do more work for family if I get to enjoy the grub from Prescott Roadhouse. Check out the Roadhouse the next time you’re passing through Prescott, you’ll definitely leave craving more.

Philander’s Grill and Bar, your typical sports bar atmosphere to enjoy a good Packer’s game with your typical mediocre food. This was the first time ordering food in Prescott while visiting family and it’s absolutely the last time. The wraps that were ordered were what you would expect at any sports bar – not terrible. But it’s the burgers that really bring this place down. Picture if you will, a box of frozen patties just picked up from Costco for the company picnic or golf fundraiser, cooked and placed in the disposable tin that’s been sitting around for a little while, not even warm enough to melt the cheese. If that’s what you crave or consider to be an amazing burger, then stop by Philander’s. If you’re like me and prefer to enjoy quality made burgers and food, there are definitely better options in Prescott.

The journey will continue! We’ve heard from the locals that Lucille’s and The Kitchen Table are places to hit next, so check back as we prepare to travel through Prescott and report back to our fellow foodies. If you know of a place in Prescott we should hit sooner, rather than later, let us know. Until then, enjoy the scenery on the motorcycle, boat or Sunday drive with the family.

March 4, 2020

The Debut Of Trax

Musicians dream of debuting their new hit single they just spent the last year writing and recording in the studio and hoping it lands on the Billboard Hot 100. Much like a musician, restaurants also want to land on a hot list and prove they have the dishes necessary to get patrons, not only through the front door, but to come back for more.

Restaurant Week just concluded in the Twin Cities and the list this past go-round wasn’t all that exciting or were places that have been visited already. One place did stand out with its connection to the all-new Fillmore that just opened up and that place is Trax Burgers & Bar. The Trax has a really cool design with old records scattered all throughout, nice long bar for those looking to pony up and a decent sized patio when mother nature shows us her enjoyable side. Both venues are owned by Live Nation, and while these music executives may have wanted to debut in the top 10, it needs a little refining.

The menu’s that get launched during Restaurant Week allow for guests to pick from; an app, main dish and sometimes even a dessert, all for one flat fee. For Trax, it was an app and a main dish. For this first visit, the following dishes were ordered; Brussel Sprouts and Scotch Eggs for starters and the Drunken Chicken Sandwich and Trax Burger as the main dishes. Let’s break it down.

If you’re a Brussel Sprout fan, you may want to order this side piece with your meal. Carolina mustard sauce, pomegranate, brown butter powder is used for this dish, don’t be surprised if you’re not completely excited that you did. You will certainly get plenty to share with the rest of the table, but they’re nothing all that special.
Scotch Eggs are awesome, or at least can be awesome when prepared correctly. The Scotch Eggs at Trax are brought out to the table with a gorgeous presentation – a soft boiled egg, house-made sausage, IPA whole grain mustard aioli, red Fresno chile, frisée and mustard vinaigrette create a pretty decent flavor, but the crust was far too overcooked. Careful if you have a delicate “grill”, because the crunch wasn’t a pleasant one.
The Trax Burger, a Brisket & short rib blend double patty with American cheese, little gem lettuce, tomato, red onion, IPA mustard aioli, Nueske’s bacon ketchup, bread & butter pickles sounded fantastic. Remove any of the items that you wish to and after the first couple of bites, it’s not a bad burger, but not something you’re going to crave. A side of house made BBQ chips accompanies this burger and they’re not half bad.
Last, but not least, the Drunk Chicken Sandwich. Crispy fried chicken breast, bourbon butter, coleslaw, bread & butter pickle chips and buffalo aioli. Decent flavor, but nothing like the expertise found in a Revival Chicken Sandwich. The crunch was good, the aioli is a must and the coleslaw isn’t really necessary. Like the burger, a side of BBQ chips for a side.
All-in-all, it’s an easy place to grab a meal if you have plans to catch a show at the Fillmore, but there are plenty of other options just blocks away, especially the burger masterpieces found at Parlour. Plenty of options on the menu and a return visit may just happen....

525 N, 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN55401

March 1, 2020

Not Your Office Potluck

Whether it's for a birthday, work anniversary or promotion, department party or the holidays, we've all experienced office potlucks. George brought his famous veggie tray, Janet brought her families secret fruit cake recipe, Susan is handling the fruit punch bowl while the boss, Kevin, wants everyone to enjoy his mothers cheese dip. And you, you bring the best chili anyone has ever made, because you spent hours perfecting it for your favorite co-workers. 

While most of us enjoy a good office potluck, the all new Potluck Mn Food Hall located at Rosedale Mall is now open after taking over the space once home to Revolution Hall. This potluck doesn't have any of those classic items previously mentioned, but it a better experience than your typical food court. There's something for everyone at the Potluck and while it is a better experience than your typical food court, it was also a little underwhelming. Except for one place! 

Let's start with some ramen from O Bāchan Noodles + Chicken. Ramen seems to be a rising trend lately and there is plenty of great options out there. Unfortunately for O Bāchan, it's not an option that will have you craving seconds. Well, unless you like high amounts of sodium and nothing, but soy sauce. If that's your jam, then Justin Sutherland has prepared the perfect, not so pleasant dish for you. Furthermore, the chicken was pretty bland, basically flavorless and it's suppose to be downright amazing. 
When you see a place known for their burgers, you of course have to grab one and check it out. Next up is the House Burger from Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Nick O’Leary's Burger Dive and while it's not a top 5 burger, you should definitely pick one up for yourself. Nice sear to the patties, decent flavor, however - a burger, basket of fries (if you don't want a bag of chips) and a pop is far to over-priced at just shy of $20 for the quality you're getting. 
OMB! (O' My Biscuits! as my wife said) It was Jason Matheson and pastry chef Adrienne Odom's Betty & Earl's that will absolutely have you craving more! Biscuits!? Really!? Yes, Biscuits! Grabbed a Sausage Gravy Biscuit - a large biscuit with their famous gravy infused into the biscuit, with a side of their famous sausage gravy. Ate that, then decided to go back for another AND a Cinnamon Roll Biscuit. You need dessert, right? Finished that off and went back a THIRD time for some biscuits to bring home - 2 more Cinnamon Rolls, 2 Apple Biscuits and a Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookie. What!? don't judge, you'll be addicted too! Best part - JUST $5 A BISCUIT! And, they're huge!
Lastly, our kiddo's shared a slice of cheese pizza from Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizzeria and while our kiddo's took that giant slice down, it's definitely not something to go back for seconds. You may find it enjoyable or you may just go for their famous ice cream instead. In fact, you should just go for the ice cream, everyone knows it's fantastic. 

Unfortunately, we didn't get anything from Smack Shack and honestly, it was far too overpriced for a "food court" experience - $18 for a tiny lobster roll (that's it) that didn't look all that exciting anyways. We also passed on Nordic Waffles, nothing really looked appealing or interesting. And finally, hummus is a side dish or app, not a complete meal turned into a salad, so we passed on Justin Sutherland's other concept, Chickpea. Maybe that's your thing, but 5 or 6 pita chips with some hummus is enough for most potluck guests. 

So, are you sticking with your office potluck dishes or planning on visiting the all new Potluck at Rosedale Mall? You won't find Kevin's mom's cheese dip or Susan's fruit punch, but those biscuits are fantastic and you may just enjoy the other dishes you'll find here. 

Potluck MN Food Hall 
Rosedale Mall - South End
Rosedale, MN