Disclosure: I was invited out to do this review and my meal was provided by the restaurant. All opinions are my own.
Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill
Restaurant Features: Sports Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Games, Happy Hour, Large/Flat Screen TVs, Live Music, Kids Menu, Patio Dining
Location: St Paul, MN (Highland Park neighborhood)
Address: 2051 Ford Parkway St. Paul, MN 55116 651.690.4747 (corner of Ford Pkwy & Cleveland Ave)
Bar Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-2a Sun 11a-1a
Kitchen Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-11p Sun 11a-10p
Atmosphere: Located on the corner of Ford Parkway and Cleveland Ave, Tiffany’s Sports Lounge is located in the heart of St Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood and is close to many of the local Universities. Tiffany’s first opened in 1971 and has been a cornerstone in the area ever since. “Lounge” is the perfect name for the big and open space that has a bar, pool tables and games on one side and tables and booths on the other. It is a fun place with a friendly and energetic vibe.
One thing you will notice as soon as you walk in to Tiffany’s is that there are big screen TV’s mounted everywhere ~ I think I counted nearly 14 of them! Every seat in the house has a good view of one TV or another. As you can expect, Tiff’s is the happening place to be during just about any sporting event, including all local games. Tiffany’s is also the St Paul headquarters for KU Jayhawks games.
Menu: Appetizers at Tiffany’s Sports Lounge include Hand-Cut Fries, Quesadillas, Chicken Wings (Asian, Buffalo or Diablo), Chicken Fingers, Mozzarella Sticks, Beer-Battered Onion Rings, Sampler Platter, Chicken Nachos, and Mini Tacos. Soups include French Onion, Chili, and a Soup du Jour.
Salads offered are Chicken Caesar, Salmon Caesar, Cobb, Buffalo Chicken, and Dinner Salad.
Sandwiches at Tiffany’s include French Dip, Grand Avenue (turkey on foccacia), Club, Reuben, Italian Beef, Tiffany Dagwood (ham, turkey, bacon, swiss, cheddar), Ford Parkway (turkey with cranberry chipotle cheese), and Juicy Luigi (Italian sausage stuffed with provolone in marinara). Specialty sandwiches include Fish & Chips, Salmon Sandwich, Steak Sandwich, BLT, Walleye, Steak Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Grilled Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Southwest Chicken Sandwich.
Tiffany’s burgers are all made with fresh Black Angus and include Cheeseburger, Hangover (fried egg bacon and cheddar over beef patty), Tommy Burger (Cajun spiced, jalapeños, bacon, pepperjack and chipotle mayo), Ground Turkey Burger, Black & Bleu, Tiffany Melt (sauteed onions and melted cheese on toast), Highland Park Burger (loaded with everything!), and the Infamous Summit Slam (over 1 lb of meat and toppings served with fries and a 24 oz. Summit beer- eat it all and win a T-shirt!).
Tiffany’s also has “Sliders” which are mini-sized burgers and sandwiches (3 to an order). Sliders include Cheeseburger, Italian Burgers, BBQ Pork, Blue Gill Burgers and Fire Dogs (jalapeño sausage smothered in Diablo sauce topped with onions, peppers and pepperjack cheese).
Save room for dessert! Tiff’s has Turtle Cheesecake, a Hot Brownie Sundae, Cheesecake and Root Beer Float.
Kids Menu includes Grilled Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Cheeseburger and Mac & Cheese
Price guide: Appetizers $5-10 Salads $9-11 Sandwiches/Burgers $9-10
- Mon-Fri 3-6pm
- Half-Priced Wings (Buffalo, Diablo, Asian) and Mini Tacos
- Top Shelf 2-for-1s
- $3 Tap Beer (24oz) Miller Lite & Premium Grain Belt
Sunday- Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar (10a-6p) $6 Free Kids meal with Adult Meal
Monday- Double Cheeseburger w/Fries $6.95, MNF Miller Lite or Premo 20oz $3.75
Tuesday- Cubano Sandwich $8.95 Hot Ham & Cheese w/Soup $7.95
Wednesday- Wimpy Basket $6.95 Wimpy Platter w/Fries $18.50 Midwest Pint pf Beer $2.50
Thursday- Sloppy Joe Sliders w/Fries $8.95 Endless Mug of Miller Lite $8
Friday- Homemade Weekly Pasta $12.95
Saturday- Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich w/ Fries $8.95 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar (10a-6p) $6
What We Ordered: My companion and I shared a bowl of the Soup du Jour which happened to be Cream of Chicken Wild Rice. It was a hot and hearty soup, perfect for warming up on a freezing cold day like we have had all too frequently lately. The soup was very flavorful with the chicken, vegetables, wild rice and and was also seasoned nicely. It included a hint of some kind of pepper and just a little kick to it that I wasn’t expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. The breadstick was pretty good too; warm, soft and slighty buttered with garlic salt.
I love sandwiches and while there were many that caught my eye at Tiffany’s, I ordered my favorite sandwich of all, the Reuben. It seems that I am always on a quest for a really good Reuben and this one at Tiffany’s ranks up there with the best! The corned beef brisket is cooked for 8 hrs. in Guinness and special spices and was very flavorful and tender. The meat was sliced thin and piled high on top of the buttery-grilled, swirled rye bread. The Swiss cheese was melted perfectly and the sauerkraut and thousand island dressing gave it the extra zip to make it a most delicious Reuben. The hand-cut fries were also excellent, just like what you get at the State Fair except slightly thinner.
My companion had the Blue Gill Burgers, which were three “sliders” AKA mini fish sandwiches. Each of the three sandwiches had a nice-sized sunfish fillet that was slightly battered with bread crumb’s and Leinenkugel’s, then pan fried to a light golden brown. The batter gave it a little bit of a crispy texture but it was very light and the fish was tender. Each sandwich was topped with a tomato slice, romaine lettuce and garlic aioli sauce. Very delicious! It is a treat to see sunfish on a local restaurant menu such as Tiff’s.
The desserts also sounded wonderful so I tried the Turtle Cheesecake. The cheesecake was layered, with a thin layer of chocolate cheesecake at the bottom that slightly marbles into the main layer of cheesecake, which was rich and smooth and creamy. The top was covered with a thin layer of caramel cheesecake and then topped with candied pecans. So good! Too rich for me to eat by myself or in one sitting for that matter, but I would definitely eat it again :)
Service: We were able to get a parking space on the street and a table immediately upon our arrival. I did not notice a host/hostess the night of our visit so I assume it might be seat-yourself. Our overall service at Tiffany’s was very good! Our server was very friendly and had several recommendations off the menu for us. Drinks were brought and refilled quickly, as was our food.
Overall Impression: Great Sports hangout!! The recent renovation to the kitchen allows Tiffany’s to serve really good food at extremely reasonable prices. It is a very fun place to get a bite to eat and watch a game or play a round of pool, which makes it a popular place for local college kids as well as for families (anyone would enjoy it at Tiff’s!). There are many other sandwiches on the menu that I would like to try, as well as the burgers and wings. I will be back to Tiffany’s Sports Lounge to eat again very soon!