The Patriot's Tavern
This is a new place in Stillwater that James Norton recently reviewed on Heavy Table.
Went there this past weekend and had a mostly positive experience, with a clunker or too tossed in.
The good: Beer. Liftbridge Farm girl at a liter for $7 and a half liter for $4. That's a steal when compared to the same liter at Buffalo Wild Wings will set you back $13.
Burgers. We had the Patriot and and the Firecracker burgers. Both cooked perfectly and dressed beautifully.
Pizza. #1 son had the chicken florentine and pronounced it delicious and crave-worthy.
Fries. Plank style, perfectly cooked and potato tasting. No sense of frozen stuff here at all. Really good. Some of the best fries I've eaten recently.
And the misses:
Chowder. Heavy, dense, potatoey. Not AT ALL, not even close, to the best on offer in the twin cities (as JN had proclaimed it to be). Phil's Tara just down the road offers an infinitely superior chowder for both flavor and finish. Wouldn't order it here again for any amount of love or money. Very disappointed.
Crab Cakes. Greasy and fishy, although generously portioned. In my humble take, they are too heavily breaded. My preference is for my crab cakes to be more crab than cake and to start with a better quality of crab than these possessed. Not bad, just forgettable.
Fried Chicken. #2 son was stoked for this one, but double-fried chicken winds up being an awful lot of bread and grease to chew through before you get to the chicken. The breading was flavorless, but was also very crispy. He said the garlic mashed potatoes it was served with were great. Wouldn't get the chicken again.
Overall thoughts on the place are that it's probably going to be just fine serving the locals good to better food and beer at decent prices. It's no fine dining spot and isn't trying to be. Standard pub fare works better here than the adventurous stuff. I'd go back for burgers and beer anytime.
After 18 holes of golf at nearby Loggers Trail, I stopped at Patriots Tavern for dinner on Saturday. Arriving a little after 7, the first thing I noticed was the parking...its a little different. There are 3-4 spot areas all over the place, with the only real lot to speak of on the north side.
Walking in, all the tables were full, but there were a handful of seats at the bar. We were given a beer list, which was quite nice. Not huge, but well thought out. An ice cold Lift Bridge Farm Girl hit the spot nicely.
After a few minutes of reviewing the menu, my dining companion and I decided to split the French Quarter pizza. This consisted of andouille sausage, shrimp, and a few other things. It arrived and looked good. The flavor was good, but unfortunately, the bottom was soggy and the entire thing was a little less done than I'd like.
Not up to the standard of Roma Market, but worthy of a revisit, based on location and overall vibe.