Last night we went to the Strip Club in St. Paul (domeats.com) for the first time. Overall, we loved it. The cocktails were really good. We were excited about this part especially since we have been looking for someplace with nice cocktails since we moved from Boston in the spring. For more on that see the following posts: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/558927
We called ahead for a reservation for 4 at 8:30 and I was definitely glad that we had called for a reservation because it was quite crowded when we first got there. Since it was so packed, our waiter was crazy busy at first but very nice about it. As we started looking at the menu to order a few small plates as starters we were having a terrible time deciding what to order so we ended up deciding to skip the entrees this time and just get all of the small plates (16 in all) except the french fries - since were were getting the poutine fries. Our waiter loved this idea and said he would just bring them out as they were ready (this led to the only significant problem of the evening - they all became ready much closer in time than we expected or I think he expected such that we totally ran out of space on our table for all of the plates and a couple of things were not quite as hot when I tasted them as might have been desired such that if you try ordering all of the small plates, I would recommend specifically stating that you want them staggered). I totally love variety and trying as many things as possible when I go out to eat so this was perfect. A few of the highlights included:
Devil's Eggs - curried deviled eggs with just the right amount of spice
Wild Rice Crepe - filled with ham, camembert and other deliciousness - topped with a mushroom based sauce that made the dish nicely earthy
Fritatta - it was the homemade sausage that made this dish
Meat on a stick - the best corn dogs ever - thousand hills beef hot dog base and served with awesome red cabbage slaw
Small order of Swedish Meatballs - okay, I did not actually get to try the meatballs because they were gone before I could reach for the plate, but the last little bit of the sauce was the perfect balance of savory and sweet
Shrimp scampi - perfectly cooked shrimp - one person thought they did not like shrimp and went back for another after trying the first one
Duck confit - served with arugula and a roasted peach slice - again a nice balance of sweet and salty
I also liked that the chef came over and talked to us. He told us about a few of their "speakeasy" off menu things that they make sometimes. They sound great and we will totally have to go back and try in the near future.
We topped off the evening by splitting a couple of desserts, the chocolate brownie and the "individual sized" apple pie. The crust on the apple pie was great and our friends really liked the brownie, especially with the dulce de leche that came on the side.
I am definitely planning to try to go back in the near future.