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.
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.
Cuisine Type: Seafood/American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Lobster roll, bone-in ribeye, jambalaya
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: [We have] live music most weekends, check our website for details.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Pecan-crusted walleye topped with a Cajun cream sauce and candied pecans and served with a baked sweet potato and cinnamon butter, [as well as] saut?ed fresh green beans. We pan fry the walleye and finish it in the oven.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
A little of a southern twist with jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and great dishes from the South, East, and West coast. [We also have] Kansas City barbecue ribs (where I grew up). We bring flavors from all over America. Our chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Boat docking is available.
The Afton House Inn sits on the banks of the St. Croix River, just 30 miles east of downtown Minneapolis. There, city-dwellers will discover a homey bed and breakfast retreat, with plenty of river views and unique guest rooms decorated with antiques. The inn has earned awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for its fine-dining restaurant, which, in addition to its extensive wine list, serves a classic American menu of steaks and seafood. Their Steak Diane, beef tenderloin medallions flamed with brandy and finished with a demi-glace, is prepared table-side. During the day, guests can build up an appetite at the Afton Alps Ski Area, just 10 minutes away, or take a river cruise on the St. Croix (between April and October).
Even on a cold wintry day, the staff at FreeStyle Yogurt will always choose frozen yogurt for dessert or a snack. That's because their yogurt is made with live and active cultures and may help boost the immune system, unlike some other frozen yogurts made from a powdered mix. To add to the health benefits, FreeStyle's 14 flavors include no-sugar-added varieties and non-dairy sorbets. A self-service set-up lets customers pick and choose from 50 toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, and boba.