Cuisine: American, Burgers, Wings, Pasta
Restaurant Features: Bar, Games, Happy Hour, Pull-Tabs, Sports Leagues ( Volleyball, Broomball, Boot Hockey and Dodge Ball)
Location: Vadnais Heights, MN
Address: 1460 Co. Rd. E. East Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 651.484.6119
Bar Hours: Sun-Thurs 11a-1p Fri-Sat 11a-2p
Kitchen Hours: Sun-Thurs 11a-10p Fri-Sat 11a-11p
Atmosphere: Located on County Road E just a block from Hwy 61, Sak’s Sports Bar is in the location formerly known as Bentley’s restaurant. The space is pretty big, with a couple of different seating areas. Pictured below is the gaming side of the restaurant, with dart boards, pull-tabs, several large flat-panel TVs and bistro tables. The other side of the restaurant has a large bar separating two additional seating areas, one of which is the main dining room and the other is a row of booths running parallel to the bar.
Sak’s is also known for its Outdoor Sports. Leagues are available to play Volleyball, Broomball, Boot Hockey and Dodgeball. Sporting areas not pictured.
Menu: Appetizers include Buffalo Wings, Ranch Wing’s, Crispy Chicken Wings, BBQ Ribs, Spicy Pork Sliders, Boursin Sliders (green chile ketchup, boursin cheese and fried onion strings), Hot Dago Sliders, Classic Sliders, Slider Platter, Pulled Pork Quesadillas, Fried Chicken Quesadilla, Nacho Bar (chips with melted cheese and all other ingredients on the side to make-your-own), Garlic Cheese Bread, Bucket of Fresh-Cut Fries, Walleye Fingers, Onion Rings and Tator Tots Bucket, Warm Chips with Charred Corn and Black-Bean Salsa. They also have Chicken with Wild Rice soup and a Soup du Jour
Salads offerings at Sak’s include Asian Chicken, Chopped Cobb, Cranberry Almond, Chicken Club, Red, White and Blue (red onion, bleu cheese), Beef and Garden Salad, Bird of Paradise, and Side Salad. Any salad can be halved during lunch M-F.
Sandwiches include Hand Craved Butcher Sandwiches (beef brisket, ham or turkey breast), Italian Chicken Hoagie, B.A.L.T., Crispy Chicken, Grilled Chicken, Battered Walleye, Twisted Tuna (on English muffin with guacamole, bacon and melted Swiss), Honey Mustard Chicken Salad, Cucumber Chicken Classic, Grilled Vegetable Melt, Chicago Hot Dog, The Cuban, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, California Turkey Wrap, Chicken Gyro Wrap, The Monster Club and Millionaires Steak Sandwich. All sandwiches and burgers come with kettle chips but you can upgrade to fresh-cut fries, onion rings or tator tots for $1.59
Burger options are the Classic Ground Chuck, Cowboy (bbq, bacon and cheddar), Bleu Cheese Lover’s, Ranch Burger, Cheeseburger, Shrooms and Swiss, Juicy Lucy, The Big Sak (two patties), and The BMFB (18 oz patty with all the classic fixin’s!)
Pasta Specialties include BBC Pasta (broccoli, bacon and chicken with penne and chipotle cream sauce), Chicken Al Fresco and Pasta, Big People Mac and Cheese (caramelized shallots and four cheese sauce), Blackened Chicken Pasta, Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti. Half-sized pastas available for lunch M-F.
Entrees at Sak’s are the BBQ Ribs, Grilled Top Sirloin, Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast, Beef & Beach (sirloin and walleye), and Beer Battered Walleye Fillet.
Price guide: Appetizers $ 5-9 Salads $7-10 Sandwiches/Burgers $7-9 Pasta $9 Entrees $13-20
Tuesday- Sliders 3 for the price of 2
Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm 7 days 9-11pm ~ 2 for 1 on all drinks Select half-price appetizers
What We ordered: My companion and I visited Sak’s during Happy Hour and opted to go with a couple of the half-priced appetizers from the Happy Hour menu. We started with 2-for-1 Blue Moon draft beers and the pork quesadillas which turned out to be an awesome choice! The shredded pork was tender and flavorful, nestled up with melted cheddar cheese and sauteed peppers and onions. In addition to the filling being great, the crisp and flaky, buttery flour tortilla was browned to a beautiful, dark golden brown. It was drizzled with sour cream and cilantro and served with a unique black bean and charred corn salsa. Delicious!
We ordered another half-priced appetizer (why not at that price?), the Alley Cat’s Ranch Wings. The ten wings were fried then tossed with melted butter and ranch seasonings, and served with ranch dressing on the side. These wings were pretty good if you like ranch flavor, which I thought was a unique but very smart way to season the chicken.
There were a number of sandwiches on the menu that sounded good to me, but I decided to order my standard Reuben from the Daily Specials menu. I thought the Reuben was very good. The deli-style corned beef was sliced thin and piled high with tangy sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese on a lightly toasted rye bread. It came with a generous serving of crunchy, seasoned kettle chips.
My companion ordered the Juicy Lucy with fresh-cut fries. Juicy indeed! The beef was cooked perfectly and inside was a hot cheesey mixture of American cheese, cream cheese and green onion. The generous helping of fresh cut fries were also very good, not too greasy but just salty enough.
Service: We were able to get a table for mid-afternoon lunch without a problem and were seated at a booth in the bar area. Our overall service was decent. The hostess who sat us was friendly and the male server we had was nice but he didn’t seem very personable or outstanding in any way. Drinks were filled as needed and food came reasonably fast.
Overall Impression: Another great sports bar to try in the Vadnais Heights/White Bear Lake area . Wide selection of appetizers, sandwiches and burgers on the menu all at very reasonable prices. Great Happy Hour specials!