Cuisine: Barbeque, Ice Cream
Restaurant Features: On-Site Parking, Patio, Waterfront, Boat Delivery
Location: White Bear Lake, MN
Address: 4441 Lake Avenue South, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-493-6763
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday * Wed-Sat 11am-9pm * Sundays 11am-5pm
Links: CG Hooks Barbeque Website * CG Hooks on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: CG Hook is located across the street from Tally’s Dockside on White Bear Lake, in a stand-alone building. There are a couple of entrances, the front leads you from the parking lot to the ice cream counter, where there are colorful T-Shirts and a giant wooden sculpture of a pig.
The main dining area has a handful of wooden tables and chairs, as well as a sit-up bar fashioned from an old surfboard that looks out the windows. There is a beach-like feel to the place and overall I thought it was really cute.
Menu: Appetizers include BBQ Slider, Frito Burrito Pie, Barbeque Rib Smackers, and Southern Style Barbeque Pizza.
Salads include House Salad and Hook’s Salad. Soups offered include Smoked Chicken and Wild Rice and Soup of the Day.
CG Hooks offers a variety of sandwiches including Smoked Ham, Smoked Turkey, Smoked Club, Reuben Panini, Rachel Panini, Brisket Reuben, Raspberry Ham and Brie Panini, BLT Panini, Hot Dog, Chicago Style Dog, Miss Piggy’s Nightmare (hot dog topped with pulled pork and bacon), Grilled Cheese, and Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Barbeques Meats are where its at! Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork topped with Bacon and Swiss, Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, and Pit Smoked Chicken.
CG Hooks also offers 16 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe Old Fashioned Ice Cream.
Price guide: Appetizers $3-14 Sandwiches $3-8 Barbeque $8-23 Ice Cream $3-5
What we ordered: CG Hooks has a handful of beers of tap, just the right beverage to cool down the spicy barbeque
For my entree I had the Beef Brisket, a moist, tender and slightly marbled beef that had fantastic flavor. There are two types of homemade barbeque, I tried the spicier of the two. It had great kick to it and the flavor of peppers but when I asked which peppers they were, I was told it was a secret. Bummer that this barbeque sauce is not yet available to buy. It was served with three sides: Moist cornbread in the shape of a fish, baked beans and Memphis style coleslaw. The beans were homemade with a couplf of types of beans and a sweet, savory sauce with the distinct flavors of garlic and brown sugar. Yum! The coleslaw was Memphis style, which is more vinegary and less creamy than traditional coleslaw.
One of my companions had the Full Rack of Ribs, a huge pile of very meaty, moist ribs that were smoked until the meat was practically falling off the bones. Served with corn bread, beans and coleslaw.
Another companion had the Pulled Pork Sandwich, a big pile of tender moist pork on a fresh bun. Looked great!
Another companion had the Smoked Turkey Sandwich. The smoked turkey had good flavor but was slightly dry. It was served on white bread with lettuce and tomato. This wasn’t bad, just the least exciting of all the things we ordered.
Less than a week after my first visit I went back to CG Hooks and tried the Chicago Dog. It was everything a perfect Chicago Dog should be: all-beef hot dog with a nice skin on it, topped with tomato, pickle spear, onions, relish and mustard served on a poppy seed bun.
I also tried a small dish of old fashioned ice cream. CG Hooks uses Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and has a selection of 16 flavors at all times. I couldn’t resist the Fat Elvis, which was banana ice cream with chunks of peanut butter and dark chocolate. Delish!
Service: The staff at CG Hooks are very friendly. On both of our visits we were able to get a table and order as soon as we were ready. The food is prepared reasonably fast and staff is very friendly. On one of our visits we met the owner who came over to chat with us and see how we liked everything. That is always a nice gesture in my book :)
Overall Impression: CG Hooks is a hidden gem on White Bear Lake, open year round. It is the perfect place to order your favorite barbequed meats and old fashioned ice creams. They also offer boat delivery to Tally’s Dockside.