Aug 022011

Cuisine: American
Restaurant Features: Bar, Live Music, Night Club, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 1638 Rice Street  St Paul, MN 55117  651-331-0929
Hours: Daily 11am-
Links: Wilebski’s Website * Wilebski’s on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: Located at Rice Street and Wheelock Parkway, Wilebski’s is located in a large building formerly occupied by Club Cancun.  Although they do serve food, the primary focus at Wilebski’s is the music and night life.  The center of the club is the stage and dance floor.  There are tables placed toward the back of the dance floor on evenings with live music performances.

There is another seating area upstairs, overlooking the dance floor.

There is also seating in the bar area.

Menu: Appetizers include French Fries, Onion Wings, Chicken Wings (BBQ, Buffalo, Dry Rub), and Mississippi Catfish Bites.  Chili is also available.

Caesar Salad is also available.

Sandwiches at Wilebski’s include B.L.T, Saucy Southern Chicken Breast, BBQ Pulled Pork, and Catfish Po’ Boy.

Burgers include Plain, California, Delta Burger (jalapenos and bacon) and VooDoo Burger (jalapenos, bacon, fried onions and fried egg).

Price guide: Appetizers $5-10  Sandwiches $7-10
What we ordered: My companions and I were at Wilebski’s to see a band play, and since we were hungry, we ordered some of the food.  Please excuse the terrible photos, I had no choice but to use flash.  The first item we ordered were the Mississippi Catfish Bites.  These were surprisingly really good! No doubt they were the frozen variety, but they were hot, thick and substantial.  The cornmeal breading on the outside was crispy and well-seasoned.

One of my companions ordered the BBQ Shredded Pork.  There was a substantial amount of pulled pork on the toasted sesame bun, slathered in barbeque sauce.  I did not try any of this sandwich but it looked good and my companion ate it quickly. Shredded BBQ Pork at Wilebski's Blues Saloon ~ St Paul, MN

We also got a couple of burgers, including the Delta Burger. This burger was thick, cooked medium, with fried onions, slices of fresh jalapeno, and chipotle mayo. According to the menu, the Delta Burger was supposed to have bacon on it, but mine came without. The french fries were hot and crispy, heavily seasoned.

Service: As I mentioned, we were at Wilbski’s to see a band play.  That being said, there was only one server covering the tables on the dance floor.  She was terrible and not because she was busy, it wasn’t a busy night.  She just didn’t seem to have a clue of how to wait on tables, like it was her first day ever doing such a thing.  Once, after flagging her down and ordering a beer, I waited 15+ minutes before getting my own beer at the bar.   I also ended up getting my own food from the food service window after seeing it sit there for nearly ten minutes.
Overall Impression: The food was actually much better than I was expecting, but I won’t be running back anytime soon.  Cool place to see a show but the sound system needs major improvement.
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  One Response to “Wilebski’s Blues Saloon ~ St Paul, MN”

  1. Love the club & the blues. I get your email newsletter, but can’t get through to a LIVE person. The voicemail is dated to Jan. 6th & I’m not able to email. What’s up with that? Want to hear Inside Straight & bring some friends down, but have no idea on cover charge? I think I’m repeating myself. Thanks.

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