Last Saturday, We spent the day in Stillwater, MN. We had seen several nice places on the internet there and decided a vist was needed.
The Dock Cafe right on the river was our lunch destination. As usual we each tried different things on the menu and sampled each others. I had a seared yellow fin tuna steak sandwich, med-rare with some seasoned french fries. We all though it was excellent, and even the fries were just about as perfect as they could be. One of my companions had a pasta salad flavored with duck and dried cherries, she raved about the taste. The other companion had a Club Sandwich, that he just loved. We shared a chocolate raspberry desert. It was wonderful. Overall this was an excellent value, I would rate this as one of the best combinations of flavor/quality/service/setting I have ever experienced. *****
We walked around the town and found some very nice places too. The Trade Winds Spice Company was great.
The Chefs Galley was excellent as well.
For Dinner, we wanted to vist what has been described as the best resturant in Minnesota, La Belle Vie. Going in there with HIGH expections, I was setup for a big fall. The fall didn't occur, the meal was flawless, our starters were excellent, Foi Gras and Spanish Tapas, I skipped the first course and just got a salad, but my companions loved theirs. My salad was great as were the selection of country french breads we had. My entree' was ribeye steak hand rubbed and grilled, served over risoto with brocholi, my companions had Bouillabaisse and chicken breast over butternut squash risoto. I didn't try the Bouillabaisse but the squash risoto was very good.
Desert was a real treat for me, I love cheese and I had the selection of French cheeses for desert. I loved it. Over all La Belle Vie was indeed the best in terms of quality and service and taste I have ever had. All this comes at a price but it is definately worth it. I would come back here again easily. *****
There are other very places of interest in Stillwater but We will be back again because it very nice place to visit.