Sep 122010

Cuisine: American, Dessert
Restaurant Features: Bar, Games, Kids Menu, On-Site Parking, Sunday Brunch
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 400 Selby Ave St Paul, MN  55102  (651)225-9414
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-1am  Thurs-Sat 11am-2am  Sunday 10am-1am
Links: Fabulous Fern’s Website * Fabulous Fern’s on FacebookGoogle Map
Atmosphere: Fabulous Fern’s is located on Selby Ave in St Paul, in the Blair Arcade building.  The inside of the restaurant area is spread out in an interesting shape, taking advantage of the many windows that almost make you forget you are in a larger building with other businesses nearby.

Inside Fabulous Ferns

Inside Fabulous Ferns

Besides the dining area, Fabulous Fern’s also has a large bar area, with TVs hung throughout and wood flooring.  Even during the day the lights are kept on the dim side, so fairy lights hung from the ceiling add festivity and soft light.

Bar Area Inside Fabulous Ferns

Bar Area Inside Fabulous Ferns

In one corner of the bar there are several dart boards and cocktail tables.

Game Area ~ Fabulous Ferns

Game Area ~ Fabulous Ferns

Menu: Appetizers include Chicken Wings or Chicken Strips (Buffalo, BBQ, or Sweet Ginger), Bruschetta, Calamari, Onion Rings, Buffalo Shrimp, Mussels, Spicy Green Beans, Black Bean Dip, Potato Skins, Margherita Pizza, Shrimp and Pesto Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza and Tuscan Pizza.

The many salads include Chicken and Wild Rice, Southern Style Chicken, Mandarin Chicken, Thai Peanut Chicken, Caesar, BLT Salad, Strawberry Spinach, Grilled Szechwan Chicken, Vegetarian Greek Salad, and the Shrimp and Scallop Salad.

The sandwich offerings at Fabulous Fern’s include Fern’s Burger, BBQ Burger, Chicken Dijon, Chicken Parmesan, Grilled Turkey Burger, Portabella Sandwich, Veggie Burger, Sirloin Sandwich, Cajun Meatloaf, Hot Hoagie, Croissant Sandwich, Focaccia Sandwich, Grilled Tuna Steak, and Lemon Pepper Cod.

Pasta options are the Tortellini Rosa with Chicken, Fettucini with Chicken, Chicken and Spinach Ravioli, Fettucini Del Mar, and Penne Primavera.

Dinner Entrees are served after 4pm and include vegetable medley and choice of rice or potato.  The entree options are Pot Roast, Sirloin Steak, Cajun Meatloaf, Spicy Barbeque Ribs,  Grilled Pork Loin, Baked Chicken Dijon, Fish & Chips, Pecan Crusted Walleye, and Blackened Walleye.

Desserts include Hot Fudge Ice Cream Popover, Cheesecake of the Moment, Ice Cream, Vanilla Bread Pudding, Hot Fudge Sundae, Creme Brulee, and Apple Strudel.
Price guide: Appetizers $8-13   Salads $8-13   Sandwiches $9-12  Pastas $10-15    Dinner Entrees $10-19  Desserts $5-6

Weekly Specials:

  • Sunday Brunch
  • Adults $13.95     Kids 12 & Under $6.95       Seniors $11.95
  • Waffle Bar, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy, Assorted Salads, Bars & Cakes.  The following items are always on the Buffet but vary weekly: Pasta, Quiche, Rice Dish, and Soup.
  • In addition to the regular dining menu there is a Featured Menu with appetizers, salads, entrees, pastas and desserts that changes weekly.  Weekly menu can be found here.

What we ordered: I had lunch at Fabulous Fern’s while attending a workshop nearby.  I had the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with fries.  The chicken breast was average size, breaded with panko and then deep fried to a dark crispy brown.  It was served on a hamburger bun with melted mozzarella, marinara on the side.  This sandwich was tasty enough but would’ve been so much better with Italian bread or something other than a boring hamburger bun.  I would’ve liked a lot more marinara sauce too, to really give it a good covering.  I only ate half  but could have easily eaten the whole thing and brought the rest home for later.Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ~ Fabulous Ferns

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich ~ Fabulous Ferns

My companion ordered one of the Daily Specials, which was Mini Spring Rolls and Crab and Spinach Rangoons.  Before ordering we had thought that maybe these were hand-made items since they were the special that day, but after trying them the server confirmed our suspicions that they were the frozen variety.  They spring rolls were filled with veggies and were good but nothing special.  The rangoons were wonton wraps filled with a cheesy spinach mixture then fried.  The two sauces for dipping were a sweet & sour and a hoisin or similar  sauce.  Seemed an odd combo of appetizers to serve together, with very contradictory flavors.

Spring Rolls & Rangoons ~ Fabulous Ferns

Spring Rolls & Rangoons ~ Fabulous Ferns

Service: Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and told us about various items that Fabulous Fern’s uses seasonally.  The food took a little longer than average to arrive from the time we ordered, but it was a busy weekday at noon.  SServer was very responsive to refilling drinks and getting us what we needed.  Our total visit took about an hour.
Overall Impression: I would go back and try Fabulous Fern’s again sometime for dinner, I just wouldn’t order the Chicken Parmesan again.  The desserts sounded good so I would probably order one next time too.

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  7 Responses to “Fabulous Ferns ~ St Paul, MN”

  1. We dine @ Fern’s often — or at least we used to.  Have had incredibly bad service the last few visits, and last night was worse than usual.   Waited 40 minutes for our orders to arrive, even though the dining room was almost empty.  Not even being OFFERED bread during the wait. Later told that you now don’t serve bread UNLESS THE CUSTOMER REQUESTS IT!   Everything about my friend’s oder was wrong — onions on 2 items in spite of being told clearly that she has a serious allergy to onions, leeks, scallions, etc.  Pork chop, requested “medium,” was cooked until bone dry.  No manager came over to apologize — no offer of complimentary cocktail or dessert, as most QUALITY restaurants automatically do — even ones that are much less costly than your medium-priced one.   Bad food, shitty service, incorrect orders —— your multiple attempts to save $$ for your restaurant is going to cost you customers.  There are just too many other places to eat. 

    Your “contact us” on website ALSO isn’t working. Guess you are receiving too many complaints like mine.

  2. To the reviewer, I was you would go back. Since your review, they have changed cooks, and the menu has changed some. There is a GREAT weekly specials menu (changes every Tues), happy hour deals on food & drinks and football specials during NFL games. When the Vikings play Mark (head chef), will make special from the area of the team they play… for instance they played San Diego last week and the special was fish tacos. I would encourge everyone to stop down for the best staff, food, drinks and fun times around!!

  3. Hi…I was just at your Restraunt and I just wanted to say Hi to the Hostess! She was so helpful and has one of the most Beautiful smiles that I’ve ever been blessed with!!! I was the Gentleman in the wheelchair(if you would be so kind to give her my E-mail address. I am on Facebook if sh would like to drop me a line.) Thanks for the great lunch! Sincerely , SammyG.

  4. This restaurant is look pretty good for me. The large bar area, with TVs hung will suitable to cherring any kind of game. The food picture is look pretty good for me as well.

  5. Been there a number of times, really good food and a nice non-chain atmosphere.

  6. I like the idea that separate the restaurant into two part, which its not the same at all. Moreover, the food picture is look great. its make me feel hungry and really want to go to this place.

  7. Try the salmon this Fall, it is wonderful

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