Cuisine: American, Breakfast, Steak, Chops
Restaurant Features: Bar
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 1305 West 7th Street St Paul, MN 55102 (651) 228-1408
Atmosphere: The Dining room at Bennett’s is a large open space with several round and rectangular wooden tables adorned with white table cloths and a layer of white butcher paper in lieu of placemats. A bar runs along one long wall with additional seating that provides an excellent view of the TVs hung over head. It was mellow at lunch time but looks like it could be a fun place to come before/after an event at the Xcel Energy Center or other downtown St Paul venue.
Menu: Bennett’s is open for breakfast and has a few classic breakfast combos with egg, hashbrowns, choice of meat, and toast, pancakes, or French toast. They also have a selection of 3-Egg Omelets such as the Farmer’s, Italian, Ham & Cheese, Cheese and Mexican. Signature breakfasts include Eggwich on English Muffin, West 7th Special (hashbrowns with veggies, eggs and cheese), Eggs Benedict, Little Charlie Benedict (eggs benedict served over tenderloin medallions with caramelized onions), Italian Skillet, Veggie Skillet, and Yogurt with Fresh Fruit.
Bennett’s has a long list of appetizers including Smoked Salmon, Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grilled Scallops, Onion Rings, Walleye Strips, Chicken Drummies, Chicken Quesadilla, Chicken Wings, Tenderloin Tips, Crab Cakes, and Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Specialty salads offered are the Caesar, Chop Chef, Buffalo Chicken, Raspberry Pecan Chicken, Oriental, and the Rio Grande.
There are a pleasant number of sandwiches and burgers and all come with chips, including the BLT, Club House, Little Charlie’s Tenderloins, the Reuben, Veggie Delight (Grilled Asparagus), Meatloaf, Open-Faced Sandwich, Braised Short Ribs, French Dip, Shore Lunch Walleye, Dante’s Inferno, Spicy Italian, and Emma’s Original Turkey. Substitute chips with fresh cut fries for an additional $1. The selection of chicken sandwiches alone is impressive with the Teriyaki Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Chicken Parmesan, Pesto Chicken, Swiss and Mushroom, Fort Road, and the Crispy Chicken. Specialty 1/2 lb. burgers include the Juicy Lucy, Patty Melt and the Black N Blue. Fresh cut fries included with burgers and chicken sandwiches.
Pasta is also a specialty of Bennett’s with dishes such as Cajun Chicken, Chicken Alfredo, Lemon Shrimp over Fettuccine , Spaghetti with Meatballs and Lobster Ravioli (dinner only).
Dinner entree items include Apple Bourbon Glaze Pork Chop, Creole Meatloaf, New York Strip, 16 oz Ribeye, Liver Steak with Bacon and Onions, Braised Short Ribs, Sirloin, Beef Tenderloin Kabobs, Petite Filet, Filet Mignon, BBQ Pork Ribs, Walleye Pike, Colossal Scampi,Grilled Salmon, Lobster Tail, Chicken Kiev, Chicken Osacar, and Chicken Pot Pie.
Bennett’s is known for their homemade carrot cake and fresh fruit pies.
Price guide: Breakfast $4-8 Appetizers $6-11 Sandwiches $ 7-9 Pasta $13-18 Dinner Entrees $14-30
Monday 1/2 price bottles of wine and 1/2 price appetizers
Tuesday All you can eat Spaghetti – $12.95
Wednesday Birthday of the week night – Free Sirloin Dinner
Thursday Burger of the week night
Friday All you can eat Snow Crab Legs – $26.95
Saturday 14 oz. cut USDA Choice Prime Rib – $14.95
Sunday Family Night – Kids 10 and under eat free
What we ordered: To start, my companions and I shared the Tenderloin Tips. These were melt-in-your-mouth tender and infused with flavor that had a pleasant kick. The homemade bernaisse and horseradish sauces looked good but I loved the beef without it. My only complaint is that the portion seemed like just a few bites, not much to go around if you’re sharing.
We also ordered the Stuffed Mushrooms, which came as an order of four giant mushroom caps filled with wild rice and Mornay sauce and loaded with mozzarella and cheddar baked on top. These were delicious!
For my entree I was really debating between the Dante’s Inferno or the Reuben. I am a Reuben girl and had to follow my heart, so Reuben it was. The corned beef was the real deal, sliced thin and then topped with melted Swiss and sauerkraut that had a touch of thousand island dressing mixed in. It was on thick pumpernickel bread that was grilled to a crispy golden brown. I up-graded and got the fresh cut French Fries for $1 extra. It was worth it, as the portion was pretty big and the fries tasted just like the fresh French Fries you can get at the MN State Fair, with the insides still just slightly firm.
Another companion ordered the Chicken Pecan Raspberry Salad, which looked so good! It came with a large chicken breast grilled and sliced atop a bed of fresh spinach and other greens. It was also loaded with bleu cheese crumbles, candied pecans and a sweet raspberry dressing. It comes with one fresh warm breadstick but my companion asked for an extra.
Another companion had the Oriental Chicken Salad. There were a few pieces of crispy white-meat chicken atop a bed of mixed greens with carrots, with crispy chow mein noodles and mandarin oranges and then tossed with an oriental sesame ginger dressing.
Service: Our visit was at lunch time on a Wednesday and fortunately for us it wasn’t too busy. Our service was very good, with food and drinks served in a timely manner. The server was good about answering questions and helping with food selections. There was a slight mistake with one of the orders and it took awhile longer to be served than the rest of the food, but Bennett’s was gracious in correcting the slight mix-up.
Overall Impression: Lunch is served quickly and they have a lot to choose from on the menu. Prices seemed a little high for what you got, but the food was quite good and so was the service. I would like to go back and try the dinner sometime.