**Please Note this review was written before the West St Paul location became Cherokee Tavern and changed its menu. Please call the restaurant or check out their website for updated information.
Cuisine: American, Steaks, Fish & Seafood, Sunday Brunch (Eagan only)
Restaurant Features: Banquet Room, Bar
Eagan- 4625 Nichols Road, Eagan, MN 55122 (651)454-6744
Atmosphere: The West St Paul location is a pretty large restaurant, with a couple of dining areas and a separate banquet room. There are several tables to accommodate large parties and also booths set up along the perimeter of the dining room, all of which are covered with white table cloths. Nothing about the decor stood out at the Cherokee Sirloin Room, just a collection of random paintings and wall sconces throughout the restaurant.
Menu: Appetizers include Onion Rings, Shrimp Cocktail, Blackened Tips, Ribs & Rings, Crab Rangoon, and Artichoke Dip.
Salads include Grilled Chicken Caesar, Cobb, Seafood Louie (shrimp, crab and scallops), Seven-Spice Prime Rib, and Garden Salad.
Sandwiches include Steak, Philly French Dip, Walleye, Charbroiled Chicken, and three 1/2 lb burgers.
Meat Entrees include Steak of the Millenium (sirloin), Porterhouse, New York Strip, Tenderloin Meddalions, Bacon Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, Chopped Sirloin, Prime Rib, Ribeye, Chicken Breast, Chocken Cordon Bleu, Roasted Chicken, and Barbeque Pork Loin Ribs.
Seafood and Vegetarian Entrees include Mushroom Ravioli, Walleye, Crab-Stuffed Salmon, Buffalo Shrimp, Walleye Almondine, Broiled Salmon, Jumbo Shrimp, Seafood Linguine, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, Seafood Platter, and Lobster.
There are also a number of Combo plates that include 8 oz. sirloin and either shrimp, walleye, lobster, crab or ribs.
Desserts offered at Cherokee Sirloin Room are seasonal but current offerings include the Birthday Cake, Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, Turtle Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Chocolate Pecan Torte.
Price guide: Appetizers $9-11 Sandwiches $9-15 Meat Entrees $15-35 Seafood Entrees $ 20-35 Combos $20-42 Desserts $5-6
What I ordered: To start, we were given these warm loaves of crusty French Bread.
I ordered the Steak of the Millenium, (which happens to be the complimentary birthday sirloin), a 16 oz strip of sirloin. It was thick-cut, but still juicy (cooked medium) and lean. Steak seemed to be cooked with the barest of seasonings so I had to salt it to my own liking, but many people might prefer it that way. There was a hefty portion of fries that were pretty good, but also lightly salted. The dinner salad that came with my meal was on the small side but the veggies were crisp and fresh and the homemade croutons were crunchy and flavorful. I loved the ranch dressing.
One of my companions ordered the Bacon Beef Tenderloin with baked potato. The tenderloin was thick and extremely tender, the bacon cooked but only slightly crispy. Sauteed whole mushrooms were served alongside.
There was a large amount of people in my group and I chose not to take pictures of all of the entrees, but the Porterhouse looked and tasted amazing, and was a big hit for at least two of my companions.
We got a complimentary slice of birthday cake for the birthday that was in our party. Very tasty, like any standard white birthday cake.
We also ordered the Chocolate Lava Cake to share. The dark chocolate was quite rich and had a warm, gooey center which was complimented perfectly with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream a la mode.
Service: The day of our visit was Thursday Night Birthday Night and it was packed to the gills with people celebrating! We had a dinner reservation but arrived slightly late and had to wait about 5-10 minutes for our table. Our server was very nice and accommodating and although it was a very busy night, food was prepared in less than 45 minutes. Drinks took some time from bar also.
Overall Impression: A FREE sirloin steak dinner on the Thursday night of your birthday week? You can hardly go wrong. Price of entrees was reasonable for the amount of food you get, and the food was pretty good. Not much in the way of ambiance but service is pretty good.