St. Paul >Fabulous Fern's Bar & Grill
The name sounds like bragging, but it really is a fabulous neighborhood secret..
This large restaurant on Cathedral Hill manages to be both family- and date-friendly. Known for its sandwich with a twist, like the generous, sweet hot-mustard topped Cajun meatloaf or hot hoagie with ham, pepperoni, mozzarella and bacon, it also manages to have some healthy options. The 12 salads include the sharp Caesar (with grilled chicken, tuna or tofu) and the strawberry spinach salad with Mandarin oranges and sesame seeds.
Great Prices. Maybe I am too used to the prices at Minneapolis restaurants, but the value here seems really good to me. Food we had on a recent Saturday night was great. My group of four was seated right away with no reservation. Mussels and Bruchetts for apps did the job and my pasta was above average. Heard no complaints from anyone at my table. Restaurant and bar split in half by automatic doors. Must have something to so with smoking ban. Only downside is ou waitress had no personality.
You couldn't ask for much more. I dont return to Ferns too often, but every time I do Ive had a great experience. The Tuscan pizza is unbelievably good, and the Chocolate Obsession cannot be missed. The ambiance is great for pretty much any occasion you can imagine; from casual to near-formal. The service is spotty at times, but its generally worth it for the food.
disappointing. I will not return here. The seating arrangement in the bar is odd, with reserved tables (I have never seen that before) and no one checking to see if the reservers showed. My wife and I were relegated to the most uncomfortable bar stool positions. The room is smoky, odd because it is very large. Our bar-type food was average or worse. Fried squid was tough (overcooked), and the wings were the tiniest I have ever seen, in fact I did not know such chickens existed! My wife's mojito was incorrectly made (with creme de menthe rather than mint) and tasted bad as a result. Everything was pricey: happy hour deals were poor and we paid 23 dollars/person for two appetizers, three beers, the mojito, and dessert.
Great Place!. Great casual atmosphere with excellent food and great service. Wine and alcohol for special evenings.
Fun Place. Great place to have a casual dinner and drink with friends. The food is always good and it's always fun to play a game of darts or video trivia after dinner. They've also got some fun summer drink specials and outdoor seating. However, I did see a horrible band there the night of Grand Old Days. Fern's normally doesn't have live music and I think they should generally stay away from it. A bar can't be everything to everyone. I prefer to go somewhere else for live music. Fern's, stick to what you are good at. Great atmosphere, plus good drinks and good food.
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