[MSP] Strip Club brunch
Good Lord, we love the Strip Club. We went for brunch today-- we've been before, but I don't think I've ever written it up here.
I had the BBQ Pork Hash, though today it was made with beef brisket instead of pork. Regardless, this stuff is amazingly good. As in, it was all I could do to refrain from licking the plate.
I also had a Bloody Mary, which, like so many of the cocktails at the Strip Club, was made from house-prepared ingredients, with a big old pickle and a slice of salami as garnishes, and capers, garlic, and dill (among other things) floating around.
My dining companion had the French Toast with bourbon-caramel sauce and chopped apples. It's quite delicious as well-- the sauce is quite boozy and very tasty.
If you haven't had brunch at the Strip Club, you're missing out.
And by the second time you go, you'll be greeted like an old friend.... Did I mention we really love this place? And it's practically right around the corner....
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
We tried the brunch this morning after dropping a friend off at the airport and before doing a few other errands in St. Paul. We both had the french toast with whiskey caramel sauce and apples with a side of the wild rice sausage. It was delicious (although next time I might ask for a little less sauce on the french toast since in the quantity used it was a bit sweeter than I probably need for breakfast) and the sausage was a good salty counterpoint to the sweet. The coffee was good and refilled often (although that might have also had to do with the fact that we were the only people there at 9:30 on Saturday morning - which was sad as the food and service were so good).
This thread needed a bump and we needed brunch yesterday, and we all know what a happy coincidence like that means . . .
As usual we were mighty pleased with the Strip Club. I thought the quality and value were well matched, but was a bit disconcerted to find the place almost empty at 1130 on a sunday morning. our waitress assured us they were still doing a brisk dinner business and were in no danger, but the state of the economy has me scared, if not specifically for TSC, for restaurants in general.
we had an order of the Devil's eggs, which were as good as they are at dinner, which is to say very good. perfectly tender whites pumped with a delightfully creamy curried yolk topped with a good chili oil (i could have taken it to be more assertive, but hey, its minnesota).
I had the potatoe cakes with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, savory apple sauce and a small salad and everything was right on. the seasoning and balance of flavors was an excellent (late) start to a sunday morning.
My girlfriend had the oatmeal with apples and chocolate chips which was quite good (im not a big oatmeal fan but this was certainly better than most) without a cloying sweetness that really let the apples and oats through, despite the liberal sprinkling of chocolate.
our side of bacon was forgotten by the waitress, and the rush fire meant that one of the pieces could have used a little more crisp, to it, but the thick cut, relatively lean (i mean, it IS bacon) pieces were delightfully porky.
It seems as if Scarlett's pork hash is somewhat seldom only pork, as our waitress mentioned that yesterday it was a combination of pork and venison.
oh, and the coffee was great. got too caught up talking to ask where it was from, but like pretty much everything else it was an excellent way to start the day.
mmmmm. . . i've had the venison version of the hash, as well as a beef brisket version--both delicious. also love the french toast with the irish whiskey-caramel sauce and apples, and the irish breakfast. and the $2 pancakes with real maple syrup. and the grapefruit with ames honey. and pretty much everything else there.
My hubby and I had brunch shortly after they opened and we agree - delicious. Hubby had the hash, which he loved, and I had the Logger's Tower (stack of pancakes, eggs, and ham). Oh and the wild rice sausage is awesome too. We've not been back simply due to a busy summer, but we need to get back soon. It's fabulouso!