Oct 252009

Cuisine: American, Breakfast, Fish & Seafood, Steaks

Restaurant Features:
Bar, Patio Dining, On-Site Parking

Tofte, MN

7162 West Hwy 61 Tofte, MN 55615 218.663.6200

Sun-Thur 8am-9pm   Fri-Sat 8am-10pm

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Atmosphere: The Bluefin Grille is part of the beautiful Bluefin Bay Resort, located on the shores of Lake Superior in Tofte, MN.  The Bluefin Grille is casual yet romantic with dim lighting, private booths and several windows looking out to the Lake.

Bluefingrille-inside There is a deck in the back that also overlooks the Lake, just feet from the beach.  You can see some spectacular waves on a windy day.

Menu: Breakfast is served  8am-11:30 daily and includes items such as Hot Oatmeal, Starboard (blend of oats, wild rice, cinnamon and dried fruits), Buttermilk Pancakes, Windermere (pancakes with blend of wild rice and oats), Mast (stuffed pancakes), Port (fruited French toast), Eggs with Potatoes O Brien, Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy, Eggs with diced peppers, onions and melted cheddar cheese, Poached Eggs, Broiled Walleye Fillet, Ham & Swiss Omelet, Veggie Omelet, Bacon and Cheddar Omelet, Turkey Wild Rice Sausage Omelet.

Appetizers at Blue Fin include Onion Rings, Fried Calamari, Chicken Wings, Seafood Martini, Smoked Fish Plate, and Alfredo Florentine Pizza.  Soups include a Soup du Jour and Roasted Duck Wild Rice Chowder.

Salads offered are the Entree Caesar, Chef, Field & Fowl.

Blue Fin Sandwiches are served from noon to close and include the Captain Peck (whitefish cakes with melted cheddar), Grilled Tuna, Roasted Turkey Breast, Cream Cheese and Veggie, Chicken Caesar, BBQ Pulled Pork, Philly Steak, Smokehouse Chicken with Cheddar and BBQ, and BLT.  Burgers include Mark’s Summit, Patty’s Portabella Cap, and Barb’s Breaker.

Dinner Entrees include Tomato Basil Linguini, Chicken or Shrimp Alfredo, Northwoods Scampi, Cheese Ravioli Primavera, King Crab Ravioli Siciliano, Walleye, Salmon a la Oscar, Lake Superior Trout, Jumbo Sea Scallops, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Bone-In New York Strip, London Broil, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse, Black & Bleu Sirloin, Hickory Smoked Bab Back Ribs, Smoke House Pork Tenderloin, Pan-Roasted Duck Breast

Price guide: Breakfast $7-10  Appetizers $7-15  Sandwiches/Burgers $9-13  Pastas $16-22  Entrees $22-35

What We ordered:
We started with a Roasted Duck Wild Rice Chowder, which was excellent.  It had a rich, seasoned and creamy base, filled with tender pieces of the rich duck, wild rice, chunks of potato and mushroom.

Bluefingrille-duckwildricechowder We also had the calamari, which was a combination of both calamari rings and baby squids.  The portion size wasn’t too big but the calamari was cooked cooked perfectly, just crispy on the outside but still tender and not too chewy.  It is often hard to cook calamari just right but the Bluefin Grille did a nice job.  It was served with a side of Thai sweet and sour sauce.

Bluefingrille-calamari I had the Filet, which came with green beans, choice of potato, and Guinness peppercorn cream sauce on the side.  I was also interested in the bleu cheese sauce, so I ordered a side of that as well (for an additional $3).  The steak was cooked to a perfect medium as I ordered it, and was tender and flavorful.  The peppercorn cream sauce had a nice flavor that complimented it well.  The bleu cheese sauce was also good served hot and melted, but It had a very strong flavor and almost got to be a bit overpowering for my taste.  I chose to go with the potato medallions which were fried to a perfect golden brown.

Bluefingrille-filetMy companion ordered the Porterhouse with French fries and a side of sauteed portabella mushrooms (for an additional charge).  The porterhouse was delicious, tender and juicy.  The portabella mushrooms were sauteed and seasoned perfectly, a great addition to the steak.

Bluefingrill-porterhouse Service: Our server was very nice and had good suggestions for us.  Food was paced perfectly between appetizers and entrees and drinks were replenished before requested.  The staff seemed very friendly in general.
Overall Impression: Overall I was very pleased with my meal and service at the Bluefin Grille and I would love to eat there again the next time I am in that area.  The Bluefin Resort looks like a great place to stay!
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