Jun 212011

Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Stillwater, MN
Address: 145 New England Place  Stillwater, MN 55082  651-342-1472
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm  Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Links: Patriot’s Tavern Website * Patriots Tavern on Facebook

Atmosphere: Patriot’s Tavern is a colonial New England restaurant located in Liberty Village, at the southeast corner of Hwy 12 and Hwy 15 (Manning).  Liberty Village is certainly a throwback to the colonial days; I felt like I was on the set of a movie!  Patriot’s Tavern is located in a building that looks like a colonial manor, the neighboring buildings all have a similar motif.

Inside the restaurant there is a mix of tables and booths, some colonial artifacts hanging on the walls.  While it didn’t remind me of any old taverns that I have been to in Boston, Patriot’s Tavern is a clean and cozy little place .

The bar is located just inside the main entrance, with some seating at the bar as well as a few tables.

Menu: Appetizers at Patriot’s Tavern include White Cheddar and Onion Dip, Maryland Crab Cakes, Pommes Frites, Glazed Chicken Wings, Oysters Rockefeller, Conch Fritters, Spinach and Crab Dip, and Onion Rings.

Patriot’s Tavern is also known for the plethora of Dipping Sauces.  $.50 each or 3/$1.  Options include Horseradish,  Papaya Habenero, Roasted Tomato Mayo, Avacado Ranch, Truffle Mayo, Lemon Dill Mayo, Barbecue, Bleu Cheese, Cranberry Mustard, Cheddar Cheese, Red Curry Ketchup, Balsamic Mayo, Thai Chili Aioli, Dijon Mustard, Honey Mustard, Peanut Satay, Wasabi Mayo, Gunpowder Aioli and Frite Sauce.

Soups include New England Clam Chowder and Peanut Soup.  Salad options include Classic Cobb, Poached Lobster, Iceberg Wedge, and Green Apple Salad.

Burgers and Sandwiches include Patriot’s Burger (bacon cheddar), Haystack (fried onions and peppers, hash and fried egg), Firecracker (jalapeno bacon, pepperjack, habanero aioli), Spanish (avocado, cilantro mayo), Paris (brie and smoked portabello), Fungi (mushrooms, caramelized onions and bleu cheese), Ale Potted Beef (with cheddar on ciabatta), Maine Style Lobster Roll, Classic Reuben, Tavern Steak Melt, Beer Battered Cod, and Oyster Po’ Boy.

Wood Fired Pizza offerings include Margherita, Tartufo (garlic-cream, cheese, fried potatoes, mushrooms, scallions, truffle oil, and balsamic), Rocket BLT (four cheese, marinara, jalepeno bacon, teardrop tomatoes, garlic, and arugula), Italian Combo, French Quarter (andouille sausage, cajun shrimp, tomato, corn, bell pepper and onion), White Clam Pie (garlic cream, bacon, four cheese, clams, and fried potatoes), BBQ Chicken, Fig & Bleu, Chicken Florentine and Plain Jane.

Patriot’s Tavern’s selection of Entrees include Liberty Ribs, Southern Fried Chicken, Ale Potted Beef Skillet, Charbroiled Lobster, Dingle Fish Pie, Revere’s Ribeye, Jumbo Shrimp, Scallops Newberg, Fish & Chips, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Filet Oscar and Grilled Salmon.

Desserts offered include Boston Cream Pie, Decadent Brownie Tower, Pecan Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Peach Cobbler.
Price guide: Appetizers $  Sandwiches/Burgers $ Entrees $12-26

What we ordered: We started with an order of Conch Fritters.  These were savory little doughnuts that had been fried to an appealing caramel color.  The inside was soft and dense with the subtle flavor of conch finely blended in.

Patriot’s Tavern has a long list of sauces for dipping. You can get 3 sauces for $1 so we tried Papaya Habenero,  Avocado Ranch, and Lemon Aioli.  All three were very good, but I think I liked the Avocado Ranch the best.

We also tried the Spinach and Crab Dip, which was extremely delicious.  It was rich, creamy and savory with a blend of cheeses, fresh spinach, onion, and succulent crab.  It was served with freshly baked parmesan flatbread.  Awesome dip, a must-order from now on.

There were many items on the menu that sounded really good but the Lobster Mac and Cheese really caught my eye and I knew that we would be ordering it one way or the other.  When recalling this wonderful dish, I am transported to a place of pure bliss.  The spiral macaroni noodles swam in a rich, parmesan cheddar cheese sauce and were cooked with just the proper amount of firmness.  What was more amazing as that there were just as many bites of lobster in the dish as noodles.  I kid you not, this was lobster heaven!  Two big pieces dress the top as well as all of the big bites mixed in with the noodles. The top of the dish was sprinkled with panko, giving it just a subtle, satisfying crunch.  I have thought about this dish too many times since my visit, I will be eating this again very soon.

My companion ordered the Lobster Roll, a perfect choice for a hot summer day.  The lobster salad was served Maine-style with chilled lobster meat mixed with creamy mayo, celery, and green onions sandwiched between a buttery, toasted hot-dog-style buns.  This was excellent, we both enjoyed it very much but at $14 I was surprised that it didn’t come with either chips or french fries, as is customary.

Service: We had very good service at Patriot’s Tavern.  The server had great suggestions from the  menu and was on top of  drink refills.  We waited patiently during the reasonable amount of time it took for our food to be prepared from scratch.

Overall Impression: Everything we ate was top-notch; the Lobster Mac & Cheese especially made a big impression on me.  The service was very good and the atmosphere was very casual.  I look forward to eating at Patriot’s Tavern again and would like try their Burgers and Fish & Chips sometime.

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  3 Responses to “Patriot’s Tavern ~ Stillwater, MN”

  1. Terrible over priced food! The Ruben is made with extremely fatty meat, I could only eat 1/3 of the meat. Sandwich does not come with chips or fries? It was nearly 10.00!!! This was the 2nd time I ate here, and will be the last. I won’t pay out the nose for bad food!

  2. I called Bret, the chef at the Patriots Tavern and asked him if he could make a Cuban Sandwich for a group of my friends. WOW !!! The six of us had a great time enjoying the best Cuban Sandwich I have ever had !!!! Round up a bunch of your friends, give Bret a call and request the Cuban sandwiches……You will thank this email !!!!! Thanks Bret !!!

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