Aug 242008
 

Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood, Steaks, Chops & Ribs
Restaurant Features: Bar, Games, On-Site Parking

Location: Withrow, MN  (Washington Co. between Hugo and Stillwater)
Address: 12010 Keystone Ave Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-6625
Links: Sal’s Website * Sal’s on FacebookGoogle Map

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Atmosphere: The structure of the restaurant is made of logs, so as you would expect, the interior has the feel of a giant lodge.  The vaulted ceilings make the large dining room appear even bigger than it is.  There are several wooden tables to accommodate various sized groups and a selection of booths as well. Attached to the dining room is a nice bar area.

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Menu: Appetizers include Angus Bites, Chicken Bites, BBQ Chicken Nachos, Onion Stacks, Walleye Fingers, Sal’s Spuds, Coconut Shrimp, Pasta Nachos, Pork Wontons, Beer Battered Mushrooms, and Bruschetta.  Sal’s also has Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Wild Rice, and a Soup of the Day.

Salads offered are the Angus Bite, Chopped Chef, Caesar, BLT, and Sal’s Salad.

Sal’s also has a handful of specialty sandwiches such as the Hot Dago, Buffalo Chicken, Angus Bit and Italian Chicken.  You can also build your own burger or chicken breast sandwich.

Pastas include Homemade Lasagna, Chicken Penne, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fettucine Alfredo, and Baked Chicken Parmesan.

Entrees are served with green beans and choice of potato, featuring Angus Sirloin, New York Strip, Ribeye, Sunfish, Walleye, Salmon, Jumbo Shrimp, BBQ Pork Ribs, Pork Tenderloin, Broasted Chicken, and Stuffed Chicken Breast.

Price guide: Appetizers $ 8-10 Sandwiches $8-10 Pasta $12-16  Entrees $17-22
What I ordered: We were given complimentary rolls with a sweet, sugary butter. I love it when restaurants have bread and flavored butter!

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We started with Buffalo wings, which happened to be very large and crispy.  The buffalo sauce was tangy and I could detect a hint of garlic in the bleu cheese, a nice addition to the standard buffalo/bleu cheese combo.

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I ordered the Hot Dago because I was really in the mood for Italian and although a Steak House/ Bar & Grill is not the place one would typically think would have good Italian food, I was really happy with my sandwich! Served on a large slice of toasted Italian bread, the meat was a tasty combination of both beef and Italian pork sausage grilled into a patty.  It had a light amount of sauce on top (with extra sauce served on the side), then topped with grated mozzarella and parmesan.  The flavor of the sandwich was really good and the bread stayed crispy rather than getting soggy from too much sauce.  The Dago came with a ton of fries that were hot and salty.

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After debating whether to get Prime Rib or Ribeye, one of my companions ordered the 14 oz. Ribeye with loaded baked potato.  The steak was really tender and the baked potato was loaded with cheddar, bacon, green onion, and sour cream on the side.  The green beans were perfectly cooked and had a slightly sweet flavor.

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Another companion started with the Italian Wedding Soup and then had the California Burger.  I didn’t try either of these, but the soup looked good.  The burger was supposedly “good”, but the perfect roundness of it makes me think that it may have been a frozen patty rather than from fresh ground beef?

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Service: Our visit was late on a Saturday night, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  Our server was really good and had suggestions that helped make our decisions.
Overall Impression: Really good for a rural restaurant.  The prices seemed reasonable for what you got and the service was good.
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  14 Responses to “Sal’s Angus Grill- Stillwater, MN (Withrow)”

  1. I have eaten at Sa’ls for many many years. I will never go back in that restaurant. The owners wife is so rude to people. She has zero personality and always seems really mad. Wont spend that kind of money and then be treated so poorly.

  2. we went to sals for fathers day. we waited one hour for our food.the burger was ok. the barbecue chicken nachos were burnt the chicken sandwich was tough.the prices are very high for the quality of the food.got nothing but short staff excuses.after calling when i got home.they wanted me to come back and give them another chance.im not looking for a freebie i still stop in on my motorcycle for beverage only.food is bad.

  3. I visit Sal’ often and I am alway pleased great place great food and value service is wonderful! Owner Jeff is a hoot!!!!!

  4. kinda hit and miss. but located next to the historic withrow ballroom so it’s worth a beer and an app. have good food there and had not so good.

  5. We moved about a mile from Sal’s three years ago and used to love to come often for dinner. Over the past several years it has gotten worse and worse to the point that there is no way we will have dinner there. The last visit was for drinks and apps. The beer (Newcastle) was so flat that we had to return it and the BBQ chicken nachos actually had moldy tasting cheese and was awful. The prices are high and the food quality is really poor (we used to love the green beans and even they now taste like they are pre-cooked a week earlier). We would love to be regulars at Sal’s again and hope that they can make the changes required in order to improve their food and get back to the point they were at several years ago.

  6. I went to Sal’s in May on a Monday evening (arrived around 7:15 for dinner). My husband and I went to Sal’s to use a birthday coupon I received in my email. We had a mediocre experience and will not go back.
    Our server looked as though she was working the dining room AND bar area, so service was slow. It also appeared there were other servers simply wandering or standing around – perhaps they were on break? Maybe they should be in a break room then…
    I got a burger, which was flavorless (if not for my toppings it would have been basically inedible) – the burger was obviously not seasoned, which leads me to agree with other posters that it was a frozen pre-made patty. Shame on Sal’s for that. My husband got a steak and found it acceptable, though nothing to rave about.
    The best thing about the meal was the free dessert – we got the homemade fudge brownie which was served warm with ice cream, caramel, and chocolate sauce. Gooey and very chocolaty – it was perfect and definitely the highlight of the meal.

  7. Me and some friends stopped in for Happy Hour and I was very impressed but not surprised at how great the food was. we had appetizers, Won tons, steak bites and the Stuffed mushroom was to die for! Also came back and tried the ginger beans I believe there called and they were awesome. The happy hour prices were great and the owner Mr. Jeff Fusco was charming as ever. Can’t wait to go back.

  8. My daughter @ son-inlaw took us their for our anniversary dinner. Two of us had walleye which was excellent.The men had rib-eye they also were very pleased with the prefect steak.
    Service was the excellent…..try it you will like it.
    See you soon!

  9. May 6, 2010………Time 7:30 PM, (6) hungry adults, decided to try Sal’s in Withrow, MN. Prompt service, friendly waitress, beverages quickly served. Sharon ordered chicken pasta, barely warm, and far too spicy to eat. Kate ordered hot roast beef sandwich, barely warm, and shredded beef? Kathy ordered hot turkey sandwich, barely warm, but hunger won out vs returning to kitchen. Tom ordered ribs, naked, served tepid, slathered in sauce. I ordered “sunnies”, served barely warm, and way overcooked. Baked potato would not melt butter, green beans while only warm were superb. Majority left still hungry, and very disappointed. Clearly there is a cooking problem based in the kitchen. While apologetic, waitress only comped my “sunnies”. Great atmosphere, tons of potential, was hoping for a good meal, failed miserably, will not return.

    RT

  10. My wife and I visited again for the first time in a while. The food and service were as good as ever. Her pork tenderloin and my steak were excellent. I love the green beans. Megan, our server, provided very good service. 4 of 5 stars (Sal’s is a little on the noisy side).

  11. My husband and I went to Sal’s for dinner last night. The service was perfect and the place was really clean. The food prices were a lot higher than I expected and the food was not that good. I got the Monday steak special. I noticed that the steak had been marinated in something that included soy sauce, which I was not happy with. Also, the steak may be on special for 9.99 but if you add mushrooms and onions it tacks on another 5.00. The veggies were good and fresh, probably the best part of the meal. My husband had the burger which was definately a pre-pattied frozen type. Both the steak and burger were ordered at medium-rare, but both barely had a brown edge on them and were quite rare.
    We will probably not go back, especially since the prices for what we received in food quality did not match.

  12. I found this place on a motorcycle trip. My wife and I frequent the place about once every month. The BBQ Ribs are exceptional, wife usually gets a steak. The Onion Stacks (appetizer) is good, but really difficult to eat. It is a bit pricey, but almost always has good service, and there isn’t a whole lot for us North Easterners like this.

  13. We received a Gift Certificate for this resturant as a wedding gift. I had driven bye here several times over the past 8 years I’ved lived in Minnesota. If I would have known the food was as bad as it was, I would never have stopped. But like I said we had a Gift Certificate.
    We Started with wild rice soup, which was good. My wife had a salad, the lettuce was wilted and the bacon was under cooked, I had a club sandwich which was sub standard to say the least. I also had fruit. for desert I had a $5.00 slice of cake, which was small and tasteless.
    It’s amazing this place can stay in business for the prices they charge for this less than good food.

  14. Wow, the food looks really good there. I have never heard of this place and will have to try it.

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