Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill, Burgers, Dessert, Pasta
Restaurant Features: Bar, Flat Screen TVs, Happy Hour, On-Site Parking, Patio, Sunday Brunch
Locations: Rogers and Excelsior, MN
Addresses and Maps:
Excelsior– 685 Excelsior Blvd Excelsior, MN 55331 952.470.1800
Atmosphere: The Maynards in Rogers is located in a large building about 1/4 mile from I-94. The large, open space is divided into two sides; the dining room and the bar. The dining room has both tables and booths, centered by a beautiful large stone fireplace. The lighting is dim and romantic yet the mood is lively.
The bar area takes up about half the space of the restaurant and is a very popular place to a widely-aged crowd, many of whom come to play Texas Hold ‘Em Poker on Tuesday nights or BINGO on Wednesday nights.
Maynards in Rogers also has an expansive patio area, complete with tables and a fire pit. I wish I had been able to photograph it during the day but since I was there after dark, this was the best I could do!
Menu: Appetizers at Maynards include Buffalo Wings, Szechuan Wings, BBQ Wings, Nachos (chicken or beef), Chicken Quesadilla, Szechuan Spicy Green Beans, Cheese Curds, Onion Rings, Italian Waffle Fries, Artichoke Dip, Romaine Wraps, Halibut Fingers, Walleye Fingers, Firecracker Shrimp, Buffalo Shrimp, Steak Bites, Ahi Tuna, Calamari, and Buffalo Chicken Strips. Maynard’s also offers Flatbreads, including the BBQ Chicken, Basil Tomato, and Buffalo Chicken.
Maynard’s salads include Steakhouse Salad, Buffalo Chicken, Ahi Tuna, Oriental Chicken, Chop, Frannie’s Chicken Salad (coconut crusted chicken), Caesar, Taco, Cobb, and Marine Salad (jumbo shrimp and baby shrimp).
Sandwich offerings include Pot Roast French Dip, Halibut Fish & Chips, Walleye Fish & Chips, Halibut Sandwich, Cuban, Smoked Chicken Panini, The Excelsior (turkey, ham and bacon), Walleye Sandwich, Reuben, Chicken Philly, Chicken Breast, Philly Cheese Steak, Buffalo Chicken, Veggie Wrap, Fish Taco Wrap, and Asian Chicken Wrap. All sandwiches are served with chips, or upgrade to waffle fries for $1.50.
Burgers at Maynard’s are the Pepper Burger, Garage Burger (sour cream and green olives), Patty Melt, Tillamook Cheddar Burger, California, Combo (mushroom, bacon and choice of cheese), Texas BBQ, and Turkey Burger. All burgers are served with chips, or upgrade to waffle fries for $1.50.
Sautee Entrees include Cajun Chicken Fettuccini, Shrimp Scampi, Chicken Stir Fry, Kung Pao Chicken, Chicken and Mushroom Marsala with Fettuccini, Butternut Squash Ravioli in Cranberry Butter Cream Sauce, Rigatoni with Sausage in Creamy Red Sauce, and Tortellini with Prosciutto and Mushrooms in Alfredo.
Maynard’s Entrees include Chilean Sea Bass, Orange Honey Glazed Salmon, Pan Fried Walleye, Battered Shrimp, Teriyaki Sirloin, Baby Back Ribs, Filet, Cajun Pork Chop, Tenderloin Beef Medallions, New York Strip, Filet & Shrimp Combo, and Pot Roast.
Desserts at Maynard’s are the Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Tower Chocolate Cake ala Mode, and Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-12 Salads $10-15 Sandwiches $ Burgers $9 Sautee Entrees $12-15 Entrees $14-24 Desserts $5-9
- M-F 11am-6pm & 8pm-Close
- Reduced Price Appetizers
- Domestic Tap Specials
- Adults $14.95
- Caramel Rolls, Eggs Benedict, Bacon, Smoked Sausage, Biscuits, Hash Browns, Waffles, Apple Crisp, Shrimp Creole, Swedish Meatballs, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chicken Stir Fry, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Cheesy Scalloped potatoes, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Veggies, Szechuan Green Beans, Chicken Wild Rice Soup, Pickled Herring, Omelet Bar and Assorted Desserts.
What we ordered: There were many appetizers that sounded really good but I was in the mood for fish and the Halibut Fingers sounded very intriguing. We started with the Halibut Fingers, an order of six colossal pieces of this delicious, non-fishy fish. Each “finger” was literally almost an inch thick, breaded with a tasty batter and then deep fried to a crispy golden brown. Served with homemade tartar sauce and lemon wedges. I ate almost three of these and was seriously almost too full to touch my dinner!
Every entree come with choice of soup or salad. I had the house salad. This was a pretty basic house salad with romaine, cucumber, cherry tomato, red onion, fresh grated parmesan and buttermilk ranch.
My companion chose the Chicken Wild Rice Soup with the entree. This was a delicious choice! The soup had big chunks of white meat chicken, carrots, celery and wild rice. It was mildly seasoned yet flavorful.
Now on to the Main Course! There were many items on the menu that sounded wonderful to me, but I strayed from my usual sandwich fix to try a dish that was truly unique. Our server highly recommended the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Cranberries, a combo that caught my attention. I am so glad I tried this, it was amazing! The serving size was quite large, with probably 15 big raviolis filled with the sweet and tender butternut squash. The raviolis, along with a plentiful amount of halved cranberries, were bathed in a rich butter cream sauce. There is just something about cream and berries that was meant to be! Although this particular combo was new to my palette, the cranberries gave it a sweetness that countered the rich creaminess of the sauce. I was only able to eat about four of the raviolis before I was stuffed (they were great for lunch the next day too!)
My companion ordered the full rack of Baby Back Ribs. These ribs were also very tasty, but did not stand out as extraordinary. They were tender and flavorful, with the sauce grilled onto the meat and extra on the side. It was served with buttered toast and choice of potato.
The ribs came with choice of potato, my companion went with the Waffle Fries (with seasoned sour cream for $.50 extra). These potatoes were still somewhat soft and lightly fried. Big serving!
Our meals also came with a basket of Ciabatta Bread. I’ll just admit right now I was too full to touch the bread but it looked good!
Despite being extremely full, the thought of Key Lime Pie was pretty irresistible. When our server brought this gigantic slice of pie out to me, I nearly fainted. She laughed and told me the Key Lime was actually Maynard’s smallest dessert. Apparently the chocolate cake is the size of a big plate!
The Key Lime pie had three thick layers of filling on top of the graham cracker crust: the key lime, the cream topping and then more whipped cream. It may have stood 4-5 inches tall! The lime filling had a consistency that reminded me of custard and was as tart as it should be. Very refreshing combo of tart, sweet and creamy.
Service: We were greeted with a smile the moment we walked in and were promptly seated at a booth. Our server, Britney, did a great job of taking care of us. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. The timing of our food was just perfect so that we were able to eat our appetizers and starters before the entrees were brought out and drinks were refilled regularly.
Overall Impression: Maynard’s has a large menu, with delicious food, and awesome service. Great place to get a quality meal with friends or to play Poker or Bingo! Try the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Cranberry Butter Cream Sauce for a unique culinary experience. I wish I lived closer so I could eat my way through the menu!