Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood, Steaks, Chops,
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Forest Lake, MN
Address: 9726 Scandia Trail N. Forest Lake, MN 55025 (On Hwy 97 four miles east of Hwy 61) (651)433-5646
Atmosphere: There are two dining areas in the Old Log Cabin, the main dining room with a variety of booths and tables (not pictured) and then the bar area which has a handful of high tables with additional seating at the bar. Like it’s name suggests, the Old Log Cabin has a rustic feel and the building itself is made from several large logs. Nearly every square inch of the bar area is covered with business cards of every variety!
Menu: Appetizers include Fungus Humongous, Mozzarella Sticks, Buffalo Wings, Onion Rings, Artichoke Dip, Chicken Strips, Potato Skins, Cheese Curds, and Nachos Grande.
Salads include Chicken Chef, Taco, Crispy Chicken, and Chicken Caesar.
There is a large selection of 1/2 lb burgers with names such as Musher, Alaskan, Prospector, Kodiak and Yukon. Sandwiches include the Trapper (prime rib), Ptarmigan, Cottage Chicken, Log Jammer (Prime rib with onions and peppers), Fish, Hot Prime, Grilled Chicken, Grizzly Chicken (BBq & Bacon), Steak and the French Dip.
Dinner entrees include Ribeye Steak, Cabin Steak (10oz sirloin), Black Angus Sirloin, Chopped Sirloin, Sirloin Tips, Ork Chops, Broasted Chicken, Marinated Chicken Breast, Broiled Walleye or Shrimp, Fried Cod, Seafood Platter, Fish & Chips, and Fried Shrimp.
Desserts offered are Carrot Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Bread Pudding, and Root Beer Float.
Daily dinner specials begin at 4pm and include:
- MON& Tues- Mexican Food
- Wed- All you can eat Fish Fry
- Thurs- Steak Night
- Fri- BBQ Ribs $11.99
- Sat& Sun- Prime Rib $15.99
Price guide: Appetizers $ 5-8 Salads $7-9 Burgers & Sandwiches $7-9 Dinner Entrees $10-18 Desserts $3-4
What we ordered: We started with the Fungus Humongous and like the name suggests, these fried mushrooms were HUGE! The extra-large fresh mushrooms were halved, lightly battered and then fried to a crispy brown and served with a honey-mustard dipping sauce. Delish!
For my meal I ordered the Ptarmigan Chicken Sandwich (the server affirmed that this was a great choice!). This was a grilled chicken breast topped with creamy spinach artichoke dip and melted cheese on a toasted bun. The chicken was tender and juicy and the artichoke dip was flavorful and had a decent amount of artichoke. The french fries were mediocre, with a slightly crispy textured outside and very little seasonings (reminded me of Burger King fries).
One of my companions ordered the Hot Prime Sandwich which consisted of thick slices of prime rib served between slices of fresh white bread, a large scoop of mashed potatoes and then smothered with gravy. This is obviously the type of sandwich that is meant to be eaten with silverware! I tried a few bites and thought the prime rib was good, but the gravy wasn’t my favorite. My companion enjoyed this meal.
Another companion ordered the steak sandwich, which was literally a steak thrown between a couple of slices of toast and then served with a side of au jus.
Another companion ordered the Sirloin Tips, which came with a cup of soup, dinner roll, and baked potato. The sirloin tips were tender and juicy, smothered with sauteed onions and mushrooms.
Service: Our visit was on a Saturday afternoon between lunch and dinner, so there were only a few other customers dining at the time. Our server doubled as bartender, but was prompt and friendly for the most part. My only complaint is that the fried mushroom appetizer was served with the meal instead of coming out first but it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Overall Impression: The Old Log Cabin was more laid back than I had expected and the food was priced very reasonably for the amount that came with each order. The service was good too!