This is a bit far flung for the metro, just teetering on the very western edge, but I found it worthy to share. I know a few of us hounds are westsiders, some venturing as far as Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia. Prepare for a pretty drive a little longer on 7.
The Hollywood 'Ranch House' was it's previous incarnation, and this place has been vacant for quite a few years, killed by road construction.
Do to the dearth of good food out this way, I've been waiting for a long time for it to re-open. Finally checked it out tonight as they've been open for a month, but have a curiously inactive website.
The bad: They've remodeled the place, but it's kind of utilitarian inside, lacking in decoration. The patio is not ready for customers. As the bartender said, it's still really rough. No thanks.
The good: Service was prompt but not hovering. Friendly, but not too, and efficient.
The really good: The Jaeger Schnitzel, breaded and fried pork loin smothered in mushroom gravy. The gravy was very beefy, even found a piece of tender roast beef in it with loads of slow-cooked mushrooms that obviously started out fresh, not canned. The schnitzel itself was fork-tender and still crispy under the gravy. This alone will make me want to return. Sides were spaetzle which 'almost' rivaled mine and a tasty rendition of red cabbage that reminded me of Black Forest's version, though more roughly chopped. The spicing and vinegar ratio were right on. A side salad was also included and I chose the grilled romaine. Not much evidence of grilling but the lettuce was crispy fresh and the dressing was tart in a good way.
We also tried their potato pancakes which were the best I've had in a very long time. They were described as coming with horseradish sour cream and applesauce. My expectations were low as I thought I'd get a little plastic thing with sour cream and one with applesauce. At $3.25 I didn't expect much.
Much to my surprise, three crisp on the outside, moist on the inside pancakes were delivered on a bed of not too sweet applesauce. They were drizzled with a very-pronounced horseradish sour cream sauce (swoon) and garnished with fresh scallions and flat leaf parsley. Loved the combination of sweet, spicy, crispy and my love, the potato. And because we were there during happy hour they were $2.75. What kind of world is that?
A good one.