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Rochester MN---Prescott's

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Rochester MN---Prescott's

Clifford | Feb 11, 2006 02:08 PM

This place just sprung up in the old Bruegger's Bagels spot at Crossroads Center (shopping complex on the southwest corner of US 63 and US 14). Visited last night for the first time, and we were extremely pleased.

First off...the wine list is terrific. Not overwhelming in any way, though. One side is "30 for $30"---basically 30 different bottles, each for $30. Selections included New Zealand Sauv Blancs, Australian and German Rieslings, Oregon Pinot Noir, Argentine and South African wines, and of course a number of California wines - we had a McManis Family 2004 Petite Sirah. There are also about 20 reasonably priced wines by the glass, and (thank god) absolutely NO Fetzer, Kendall Jackson, Bogle, etc. (I was beginning to think that in order to get a booze license in Mayotown you had to agree to serve Fetzer wines.) They also have a number of library selections featuring standards and not so standards (Stag's Leap, Dom Perignon, etc.).

The room was quite nice, my wife tells me (I'm not a big ambience guy).

We ate at the bar. Had escargot and artichokes in gorgonzola sauce appetizer---very good---basically just those three ingredients and garlic.

Moved on to dinner. Everything included salad or soup, and you also chose your side (veggie pasta, veggie rice, or potato puree). I had seared duck breast with a walnut sauce and veggie pasta and my wife had walleye with black butter caper sauce and potato puree.

Salads were simple and good. Appeared to be a blend of greenleaf and redleaf lettuce, with a mustard dressing and grated parmesan.

The walleye filet was HUGE, and nicely cooked. [One warning that many regional diners will understand: This is not the rich, decadent black butter caper sauce of the Harborview Cafe in Pepin, WI. It is much more a simple butter and caper sauce. Nothing wrong with it at all, but just a completely different sauce.] The potato puree was different than many restaurants simply in that it is not the decadent butter-and-cream laden stuff you find at many restaurants (and which, I personally think, people prefer). It is mashed potatoes with certainly some butter and maybe milk or stock. Just lighter than I expected. My wife ended up using her butter from her bread basket in it. Again, nothing wrong with it...just lighter than expected.

My duck breast was seared perfectly and the sauce was very good, as well. The veggie pasta was simply broccoli and matchstick carrots tossed with oil and egg noodles. Perhaps a touch underseasoned, but good nevertheless.

Dessert was excellent, as well (apple bread pudding with caramel sauce). They have a baker/pastry chef, and bake their own bread in house.

Service was eager and attentive. The bartender (the brother of the owner) was extremely eager to please, and poured us generous sample after generous sample throughout the meal.

All in all, a very good experience, and a most welcome one in the restaurant hellhole that is Rochester.

Website:

Prescottsgrill.com

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