When Glen Rasmussen was in high school, he earned cash by working in a restaurant. It turns out that was just the first step on what would be a long career path. Glen is now the owner of Ras? on Main, and runs every aspect of the business, from the cooking to the accounting. He gets help from his wife and two kids, making the pub truly a family venture.
Glen wants that family-friendly vibe to envelop patrons right when they walk through the door. The hearty menu of comfort food features platefuls of pasta in housemade sauce, hand-cut steaks, and beer-battered onions rings. Glen tops the eatery?s namesake burger with bacon, cheese, and the classic fixings, but he throws a curve ball with the other burgers?the Flame Thrower burger is smothered in a mound of jalape?os, and the Bavarian Melt burger is crowned with sauerkraut and swiss cheese.
Nestled on the banks of the St. Croix River?which defines the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota?the Afton House Inn offers a quiet retreat just 30 minutes from Minneapolis. Most guest rooms in the historic inn are outfitted with gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and balconies, some with river views. Enjoy a dinner of steak and seafood at the award-winning fine-dining restaurant. During the day, head to the Afton Alps Ski Area to sled and ski in winter or trek on riverside paths when it's warmer.
When the Gaffer family describes The Nova as "an eclectic little wine bar," they're not speaking figuratively. This cozy spot was refurbished from half of the historic liquor store it's attached to, a liquor store with a cave that burrows 150 feet into the nearby hillside. The Nova is the Gaffers' love letter to wines, where chef Nate crafts seasonal menus inspired by the more than 200 bottles of wine onsite. And while pan-fried walleye with a cornmeal crust would pair nicely with a bottle of white, dishes such as the Nova dirty burger with mushroom-cream sauce would probably fare better with a craft beer from the restaurant's 12 rotating taps. As a proponent of wine, beer, craft cocktails, growlers, and all things spirits, the Nova and its sister liquor store often host events and tasting parties in the aforementioned cave.
The Agave Kitchen grills, sears, and fries up burgers, fish, and border-inspired entrees with Southwestern flavor. The menu boasts decadent starters such as the twin filet mignon sliders with caramelized onion and blue cheese ($9.50), while main dishes range from the adventurous lobster mac 'n' cheese with apple-wood-smoked bacon ($15) to traditional deep-fried chimichangas stuffed with a choice of beef, chicken, or pork ($12). The Agave Kitchen's specialty burgers come with a choice of Angus beef ($11), chicken breast ($10), or black-bean patties ($12), and come in flavor-combinations such as the Shrub burger with bacon, jalapeño, and mac 'n' cheese, and the Steeburger Deluxe with bacon, cheddar and jack cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw.
A laid-back, personable eatery, Kozy Korner sates pizza and hops cravings with indulgent meal pies and a choice of slice-complementing draft brews. Kozy Korner's pizza scramble unites breakfast favorites in pie form as it bubbles with cheddar cheese, eggs, hash browns, special sauce, canadian bacon, bacon bits, and a bacon alarm clock set to chime at the first sound of hunger pangs (a $21.75 value). Volley hearty taste buds at the scramble supreme, which mirrors the toppings of its less supreme counterpart, adding a blanket of cheddar cheese, pepperoni, italian sausage, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms (a $21.75 value).