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Groveland Tap, St. Paul, returned to its former glory perhaps?

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Had a pretty solid lunch at the Tap. I've been down on them the past couple of years because they'd changed from their former bar menu to a pretentious "upscale" menu. The food just wasn't good. The worst was the deconstructed bleu cheese burger salad.

ANYWAY, my husband dragged me there recently because the Nook looked packed. We were pleasantly surprised to find another "new" (to us, anyway) menu, though I really have no idea how long this menu has been in place since I've had a personal boycott going for at least a year, maybe two.

It's not the same menu, but solidly a bar menu again. No indication of any "sustainable" sourcing going on that I could tell. Good list of tap beer (a half dozen plus Summit; a couple Surly, etc.) 34 in total apparently.

We tried the(Canadian) smelt fry special (the specials change "frequently" according to their website, whereas in the past there was a static menu of daily specials), which were accompanied by a generous pile of thin, crisp housemade chips. Also, the juicy lucy, thick and still a little pink inside. Fries were meh.

Sweet potato tater tots, poutine, pasties, sausage & cheese bread all sounded tempting. I wish they'd bring back the portobello burger. The pierogy are gone too.

Still family friendly with the box o' toys, jukebox, pool table, video games, and TVs. Also, sidewalk seating.

Nothing spectacular, just a good neighborhood joint. We'll be back!

http://www.grovelandtap.com/index.php

~TDQ

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Groveland Tap
1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

 
 
 
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  1. The menu had changed a few months ago to fewer options. Sort of like they were trying to cut costs. I don't know if the menu you experienced is that same one, or a different one yet. But quality had gone down. Based on your report, maybe I'll give them another shot.

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    1. re: Brad Ballinger

      It would be great to have another data point. My above comments are based on just a single visit...

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        The sweet potato tots were good. The bleu cheese burger was not. I agree with Brad, it used to be better.

        1. re: chazmo

          Oh, bummer. I was hoping it had bounced back. What didn't you like about your burger?

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            It was overdone and the blue cheese was barely there.

    2. May I ask, when were the Groveland Tap's glory years? I went there a few times about 5-6 years ago, and each time thought it was mediocre at best. Haven't been back since then. I've heard some folks praise the Tap, but either I'm missing something, or it was a different time period.

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      Groveland Tap
      1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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      1. re: foreverhungry

        "Glory years" might be a bit strong, honestly, but that would have been 3-5 years ago. 5-6 years ago is just a tiny bit before my time. But, I would say it was better than average, though never stellar. They were never doing any special sourcing or anything like that, but hospitality was fantastic (note that the guys who own Blue Door Pub were at the Tap then). Great neighborhood pub, family vibe. The cajun burger was good. The portabella mushroom sandwich was solid. Cheese curds and frickles were good. They had good nightly specials, including an AYCA Friday night fish fry, whitefish in Leinenkugel's batter. I remember the meatloaf as being good. I liked their chili. They almost always have some kind of happy hour special going when the ball game (local team) is on. OK wine list.

        ~TDQ

      2. Groveland Tap is 2 blocks away from my house. IMO it's a perfectly fine burger place to have in the neighborhood. I like their burgers, (partner loves the Cajun Lucy), love their onion rings and fried pickles. Partner orders cider. Lots of beer choice. Servers are friendly and helpful. Love watching my neighboring families with their kids post t-ball games. I don't think I'd drive across town to go there, but I don't think that's the intended concept of the restaurant.
        Margi

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        Groveland Tap
        1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105