May 302011

Cuisine: American, Brunch Menu, Dessert, Fine-Dining
Restaurant Features: Bar, Happy Hour,  On-Site Parking, Patio,
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 374 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102  651-224-5715

Dining Room Hours:

  • Lunch: Mon – Fri 11am – 1:30pm
  • Brunch: Sat/Sun 10:30am – 2pm
  • Dinner: Mon – Sun 5pm – 10pm

Bar Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – midnight  Fri/Sat 11am – 1am

Links: WA Frost Website * WA Frost on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: WA Frost & Company is located on Selby Ave at Western Ave, in the Dacotah Building just a few blocks from the Cathedral, its home since the mid 1970-s.  I came to sit on the patio so I never saw the main dining room but I did get a peek at the bar area, a nice sun-lit room with wooden floors and tables,  as well as seating along the bar.

WA Frost has a beautiful patio that sprawls out behind the building.  At the far end from the hostess stand is the Garden Bar.  This area is open for seating in the afternoon before the main dining room opens.  There are a number of little tables all over the patio, as well as cushioned sofas and sitting areas.

Another part of the garden patio is a sunken dining area with bigger, umbrella’ed tables and beautiful, lush green plants and flowers.  Gorgeous!

Menu: Small plates on the bar menu include Rye Pierogis, Artichoke Spinach Dip, Korean Barbeque Chicken Wings, Marinated Mediterranean Olives, Grilled Octopus, Pork Belly Fig Strudel, Steamed Blue Mussels, Trio of Pacific Coast Oysters, Roasted Amish Asparagus, Grilled Duck Confit Flatbread, Charcuterie Plate.  Additional plates found on the dinner menu include House Made Rabbit Sausage, and Torchon of Au Bon Canard Foie Gras.

Micro plates include Spring Vegetable Linguini, Crab Cake Salad, Roasted Pork Belly, Grilled Salmon, Housemade Lamb Sausage, Grilled Angus Filet.

Sandwiches on the bar menu include Reuben Panini, Lamb Burger, Grilled Black Angus Burger, Chef Burger, Fried Egg BLT, Cold Smoked Salmon Club, and Quinoa Falafel.

Salads include  House Green Salad, Strawberry Salad , and “BLT” Salad.  Soups include Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Soup and a Soup du Jour.

There is also an extensive number of domestic, regional and imported cheese plates.

Entrees on the Dinner Menu include Spring Vegetable Linguini, Crispy Barramundi, Pan Roasted Faroe Islands Scottish Salmon, Roasted Icelandic Cod, Grilled All Natural Dry Aged Top Sirloin, Moroccan Spiced Iowa Lamb Chops, Dry Aged Minnesota Duroc Pork Chop, and  Pan Roasted Wild Acres Half Chicken.

Desserts include “Kit Kat Bar”   house made Chai ice cream, Spumoni, Venezuelan Chocolate Torte, Stickney Hills Goat Cheese Panna Cotta,  Classic Crème Brûlée  and a Selection of Izzy’s Ice Cream.

There is also a Sunday Brunch menu that can be found here

Price guide: Small Plates $8-11 Micro Entrees $10-17 Sandwiches $11-12  Entrees $18-34 Desserts $6-8

Happy Hour:

  • Monday-Friday 4- 6p.m. and 9 – 11 p.m.served in bars/lounge only
  • $5.50 Appetizers:  Shishito “Poppers”, Artichoke Dip, French Fries – Trio of Sauce, Korean Barbecue Chicken Wings   Mini Cheeseburger and Fries
  • Select Wines by the Glass   5.00La Playa Chardonnay,    La Fiera Pinot Grigio99 Vines Pinot Noir,    Flaco Tempranillo Select Beer,   Rail Pour Cocktails  5.00 Featured Happy Hour Cocktail    5.00

Weekly Specials:

  • Early seating prix fixe menu Mon-Fri 5-6pm .  Three course meal $30 person$50 with select bottle of wine

What we ordered: My companion and I both started with cocktails.  I ordered a House Margarita, which was decent.

My companion ordered a Gimlet, a cocktail with gin and a splash of lime.

My companion also tried this sampler of Whiskeys.

Our visit was during Happy Hour so we sat in the Garden Bar area.  We started with the Artichoke Dip, one of the features on the HH menu.  The blend of cheese and artichoke was covered with cheese and baked to a crispy brown.  It was served with lavasch, a cracker-style flatbread.

We also ordered the Coconut Curry Blue Mussels which we both thought were amazing.  The mussels were on the small side but they were extremely tender and the flavor enhanced by the sweet, creamy and spicy coconut green curry broth with fresno chili and cilantro.  Delicious!  The order also came with grilled sourdough bread from Rustica Bakery.  I could eat a million of these!

We also shared the Reuben Panini, which is made with house-cured corned beef.  The beef was delicious and tender, but did not taste at all like any corned beef I’ve had (and by now you should know I am a huge fan of corned beef and anything Reuben).  The beef simply tasted like seasoned roast.  It was topped with cheese, sauerkraut, thousand island and marble rye then pressed on the panini grill to make it extra crispy and give it the customary panini lines.  Our server actually had the plates split for us so we each received a big portion of fries with our half of the panini.

When I ordered the sandwich I asked if they had any flavored mayonnaise (for dipping the fries), my server said he would  see what he could do.  He came back with the WA Frost  trio of sauces; a Sriracha Aioli, Watercress Ranch, and some other type of aioli.  They were all very good.

The server must have overheard that it was my companion’s birthday and brought out the Homemade Kit Kat Bar, compliments of WA Frost. This was very good and had an interesting texture.  The base of the bar was hazelnut praline with maldon sea salt caramel and was somewhat flaky yet more dense than I expected.  It was served with a creamy house made Chai ice cream.  The serving size was somewhat small, I suspect this was the sample size that is served with the dessert trio.

Service: We had really good service while at WA Frost.  I arrived early for Happy Hour and was able to get a spot in one of the parking lots and then a nice table in the Garden Bar area.  Our server was reasonably fast and went out of his way a few times to make sure we got what we needed and then some.

Overall Impression: This was my first time at WA Frost and I fell in love with the patio at first site.  Then one bite of the coconut curry mussels and I thought I might have died and gone to heaven!  I will definitely be back to WA Frost again this summer for what can only be another fabulous meal.

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  3 Responses to “WA Frost & Company ~ St Paul, MN”

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  2. I agree with Angie. Their decorations at Christmas are very festive. Going there for brunch or dinner just to see the decorations is a must, during the holiday season.

    I’m a Reuben lover, too. The best Reuben I’ve had is at the Blue Fox Bar and Grill in Arden Hills. They make fresh corned beefs daily that they slice thick for the sandwiches, the meat is so tender that is just falls apart.

  3. Love, love WA Frost. My friends and I make a special trip for Christmas brunch every holiday season and love their decorations. I think this is the summer that I absolutely have to try out the patio.

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