Oct 152009

Cuisine: American
Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking
Location: Cottage Grove
Address: 7240 E Point Douglas Rd S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 (651) 768-0303

Hours: M-Th 11a-9p Fri 11a-10p Sat 8a-10p Sun 8a-9p
Links: Google Map

Atmosphere: As one would expect from a restaurant named American Motorsports, the restaurant is decorated with a variety of Nascar memorabilia.  The bar area is a popular place to be during racing events, with bar stools surrounding the bar as well as some booths along the far wall.


There is a dining room attached to the bar area that has several basic wood tables and a couple of booths.


Menu: Appetizers at American Motorsports include Mozzarella Sticks, Cheese Bread, Potato Peels, Onion Rings, Chicken Wings, Artichoke Spinach Dip, Fried Cauliflower, Fried Mushrooms, Quesadillas, Jalapeno Poppers, Cheese Curds, Nachos and Mini Tacos.

Salads offered are the Chef, Lemmon Pepper Chicken Caesar, and Taco salad.  Chili as well as a soup du jour are offered as well.

Sandwiches include Maui Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Cheesy Chicken, BLT, French Dip, Reuben, Clubhouse, Monte Cristo, Hot Dago, Philly Beef, Cod Sandwich, Pulled BBQ Pork, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Artichoke Spinach Chicken sandwich.  Burgers include Cheeseburger, Mushroom Swiss, Bacon Cheese and Turkey Burger.

Dinner Entrees all come with breadsticks, veggie, soup or salad and choice of potato.  Choices include Sirloin, Garlic Butter Sirloin, Liver & Onions, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Carribean Chicken, Pulled Pork Dinner, Walleye, Pecan Crusted Walleye, and Fish & Chips.

Pasta dishes at American Motorsports include Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, Sicilian Cheese Tortellini, Baked Ziti Pasta, Pasta Primavera.

Desserts include Apple Crisp Ala Mode, Hot Fudge Sundae, Cheesecake with Topping, Rootbeer Float and Old Fashioned Malt.

Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-2pm and includes Pancakes, French Toast, Belgian waffle, Three Cheese Omelette, Ham & Cheese Omelette, Country Omelette, Veggie Omelette, Chili Omelette, Steak and Eggs, Eggs Benedict, and Classic Two Eggs.

Price guide: Appetizers $5-10   Sandwiches $7-9  Entrees $10-20 Pasta $10-13  Desserts $3-5  Breakfast $5-8
What We ordered: We started with the Soup du Jour which happened to be Clam Chowder.  The soup was flavorful and delicious! It was creamy and seasoned with just a hint of dill, giving it a unique rather than traditional flavor for clam chowder.


We also tried the Deep Fried Mushrooms.  These were hot, crunchy and tasty fresh whole mushrooms battered and fried to a golden brown then served with a side of ranch dressing.


We also ordered the Walleye Fingers, which were long fleshy fingers of fried walleye fillets.  They were lightly seasoned and fried to a perfect golden brown and served with homemade tartar sauce on the side.


Service: My companion and I ate at an odd time of day and were the only people sitting in the dining room, all other patrons were watching the races in the bar area.  Our service was decent, but drinks were not always refilled as quickly as needed.
Overall Impression: Cool, fun place to get a bite and watch Nascar events.  Good Happy Hour specials and amazing clam chowder!
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