Cuisine: American, Bar & Grill, Breakfast
Restaurant Features: Bar, Kids Menu, On-Site Parking, Patio
Location: New Prague, MN
Address: 200 County Road 37 New Prague, MN 5607 (952) 758-8734
Hours: Mon 11am-8pm * Tues 1pm-4pm * Wed-Fri 11am-11pm * Sat – Sun 11am – 10pm
Atmosphere: Located on County Rd 37 in New Prague, a giant metal fish statue near the main road beckons visitors to The Fishtale Grill . The restaurant itself is a large, log building with vaulted peaks and large skylights. The interior is rustic, with a collection of different northwoods and fishing-themed decor.
Menu: Breakfast items at Fishtale Grill include Buttermilk Pancakes, Homemade Waffles, French Toast, Oatmeal, Cinnamon or Caramel Roll, Apple , Prune or Poppy Kolacky, Ham, Bacon, Sausage, Wild Rice Sausage, Walleye, and Sirloin. There are several combination plates as well as a handful of classic omelettes including Everything, Country, Denver and Veggie Omelette.
Appetizers include Artichoke Spinach Dip, Nachos, Cheese Quesadillas, Buffalo, Thai, Honey BBQ, Caribbean jerk, Teriyaki or Plain Chicken Wings, Onion Rings and Mozzarella Sticks.
Fishtale Grill also offers Chili, a Soup du Jour and a handful of sandwiches such as Caesar, Chef, Barbecue Chicken Chopped, Chicken Oriental, and Taco Salad.
Sandwiches come with french fries and include Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap, French Dip, Cod Fillet, Reuben, Rachel, Tuna Melt, Chicken Breast, Turkey Club with Cheese, Walleye, BLT, Tom Turkey Melt and Deluxe Grilled Cheese. Burgers are 1/2 lb and also include fries. Selections include Lake Superior Burger (bacon & cheese), Gunflint Trail (mushroom and swiss), or Lake of the Woods Burger (bacon, cheese and BBQ).
The Entrees at Fishtale Grill inlcude Walleye Filet, Broasted Chicken, Shrimp, Broiled Salmon Filet, BBQ Ribs, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Chicken Alfredo, Southwestern Penne Pasta, 14oz Ribeye, 6oz Sirloin, and 10oz Hamburger Steak. Also available are Basket Dinners: Chicken Strips, Chicken Drummies, Walleye Strips, and Popcorn Shrimpo
Dessert selections include Turtle Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Bread Pudding, French Silk Pie, Apple Pie, Jumbo Cookie, Ice Cream Sundae, and Root Beer Float.
Price guide: Appetizers $7-9 Breakfast $3-10 Salads $8-10 Sandwiches $9-12 Entrees $10-19
What we ordered: We started with a 20oz schooner of Grain Belt Nordeast, an every day value at just $3. Score!
My companion and I were very hungry and debated about getting an appetizer but decided to get a couple of sandwiches and the Prime Rib special to share between us. The Gunflint Trail Burger was delicious! The beef had just the right amount of fat content to make it juicy and flavorful. It had a heaping pile of sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese holding them in place on top of the burger.
We also ordered the Walleye Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries. This was a long, thick fillet of walleye that was lightly breaded and served on a toasted hoagie roll. It was just crispy enough to give it a nice crunch but the fish itself was very flaky. One of the better walleye sandwiches around! We tried it with sweet potato fries which were thin and crispy.
My companion also ordered the Saturday Special, the Ace Prime Rib which came with a Dinner Salad. The salad was pretty standard but the Thousand Island Dressing was very good and tasted homemade.
The Ace Prime Rib is the biggest size of this tender cut of beef, 20oz, to be exact. It was served with choice of potato and green beans, my companion opted for the fries and they gave us plenty. This was a tender cut that had very little fat, considering the size of it. Quality cut, good flavor and texture, just the way prime rib should be. The au jus was homemade and hearty and the horseradish had a real nice kick to it. Overall it exceeded expectations.
We also ordered a Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce for dessert. This was creamy and smooth yet dense, with the distinct flavor of vanilla. We could’ve dressed it any way we wanted, we opted for the strawberry sauce. It was very good, we both enjoyed it.
Service: We arrived near 7pm on a very busy Saturday night to a full parking lot and a lobby full of waiting guests. We asked how long the wait was and were told it was ten minutes. Ten minutes turned into forty five minutes while we patiently waited for a table. Once we were seated we were greeted by our server within minutes. She was friendly and had a handful of suggestions from the menu when asked. Our food took about 15-20 minutes to arrive after we placed our order, which seems fairly quick for how busy it was, but the main dinner rush was nearly over at that point. The dining room cleared out within a half hour of us being seated
Overall Impression: From the moment we drove into New Prague and saw the giant metal fish along the road, we knew that Fishtale Grill & Bar would be a good place to try and we were spot on with that prediction. Big portions, very good food. We enjoyed everything we ordered and would go back again when in the area. Gets very busy on the weekend, be prepared to wait awhile.