Fine dining is best enjoyed indoors with candlelight, as opposed to outdoors with the screams of rabid sports fans. Find a peaceful context for culinary adventures with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine dining at Afton House Inn.
Elegant candlelight casts intimate shadows across the dining spaces of the Afton House Inn, nestled against the banks of the St. Croix River, as patrons peruse a delicate menu of upscale cuisine. Chefs, like experimental interior designers in their soldering period, fuse the private spaces of kitchen and dining room, preparing caeser salads ($8/person) tableside with fresh romaine lettuce, baked croutons, cheese, and dressing. Gustatory adventures continue with the steak diane—succulent beef tenderloin medallions prepared with shallots and mushrooms, briefly set aflame with brandy and finished in a demi-glace ($33). Plates of chicken and penne rigate ($15) arrive with roasted red pepper and grana padano cheese in tow, satisfying the three basic food groups of vegetable, protein, and noodle. Diners placate unruly sweet-dentures with postdinner desserts, such as banana-strawberry flambé, also prepared in front of patrons.
Afton House Inn
Dozens of deluxe rooms roost within Afton House Inn's historic walls, where guests relax amid antique furniture and sate hungers in onsite restaurants. The beneficiaries of thoughtful renovations, deluxe rooms feature en suite jacuzzis, gas fireplaces, TVs, and balconies that overlook the St. Croix river, home to passing cruises and vacationing albatrosses. Antiques and oriental rugs lend each room its own distinctive charm, whereas downstairs, Current Restaurant embraces modernity. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients conspire in seafood-centric entrees and small plates on an approachable menu. Diners sample gluten-free pan-seared scallops with baby bok choy under gilded ruby-red ceiling lights while debating Heidegger’s theory on ordering dessert before dinner.
3291 St. Croix Tr. S
Afton, Minnesota 55001