Dining rooms with scenic waterside views are historically a top choice for diners wishing to cultivate a serene ambiance or to ask Poseidon's permission for his daughter's hand in marriage. Set a relaxed—or romantic—mood with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one appetizer, two entrees, and two draft beers at Rafters Food & Spirits, in Stillwater.
The mealtime mavens at Rafters Food & Spirits adorn their pub-centric menu with deep-fried appetizers, meaty sandwiches, and saucy pastas within an eatery situated alongside the scenic St. Croix River. Roust slumbering appetites with starters such as spicy-ranch battered pickles ($6.99) or bamboo shrimp skewers arriving in a piquant-garlic or spicy-Cajun incarnation ($7.99). Then stretch out your gullet further with a more sizable spread, such as the butter-crusted walleye sandwich ($10.99) or the hot roast beef and cheddar ($8.99), a hoagie-bound amalgamation of succulent slices cut thin enough to craft a perfectly folded beef airplane or meat crane. Sauteed mushrooms and onions team up with hickory-smoked bacon to top off the Rafter's Burger, whose duo of third-pound patties bridge the gap between two halves of a ciabatta bun ($11.99). A lineup of draft beers ($3.75 each) is ready to accompany hearty plates.
Exposed brick and open rafter ceilings flank Rafters' spacious dining room, which boasts glorious glimpses of the neighboring St. Croix River. Live music every Wednesday and Saturday evening distracts ears from the royal treatment bestowed upon their meal-munching facial counterparts.