Fine Italian restaurant in South Minneapolis, MN
Restaurant Features: Bar, Patio, Live Music, Night Club
Location: Stillwater, MN
Address: 305 S Water Street Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-5718
Atmosphere: The Freight House restaurant is located near the St Croix River in downtown Stillwater, in a building that was originally built in 1883 as Stillwater's freight depot. The inside of the restaurant has been converted into a lovely two-story dining room, with a selection of booths and tables.
The decks at the Freight House are vast and spacious, running the entire length of the Restaurant and Adjacent Night Club. There are enough tables to seat several hundred people and also a couple of outdoor bars. Great view of the St Croix!
Menu: Appetizers at the Freight House include Artichoke Dip, Buffalo Wings, Onion Straws, Mini Burgers, Pizza Sticks, Walleye Fingers, Zucchini Fries, Rough-Cut Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Fruit Plate, and Chicken Wild Rice Soup.
Salads offered are the Steak Knife Chicken Caesar, St Croix Cobb and Bistro Salad (with candied pecans, dried cranberries and bleu cheese).
Freight House also has a large selection of 12" pizzas including Margherita, El Taco, Quattro Formagi, BBQ Chicken, Wild Mushroom Brie, Pepperoni, Sausage, and Smoked Brisket.
Sandwiches include BBQ Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef Brisket, Chicken Sandwich, Cajun Chicken, Grilled Reuben, Hawaiian Chicken, Veggie Wrap, Southwest Chicken Wrap, Walleye, Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Hot Dog, and Fish & Chips. Burgers include Freight House, MIni Burgers, California Turkey Burger, North Dakota Bison Burger, Black Angus, Swiss Mushroom Black Angus, and Black Bean Veggie Burger.
Price guide: Appetizers $9-11 Salads $10-13 Pizza $11-13 Sandwiches/Burgers $9-11
Weekly Specials: Wednesday Night Fish Fry -All You Can Eat Cod, Cornbread, Salad and Rough Cut Fries $12.99 (kids under 12 $6.99) 4pm-Close
What I ordered: The Artichoke Dip came highly recommended, so my companions and I ordered that to start. The dip was very good, with several chunks of artichoke throughout the cream-cheese based dip. The dish was creamy and had cheese baked on top as well. The pita wedges were hot and slightly toasted, a great combo with the dip.
I also ordered a Spicy Bloody Mary, which came with a beer chaser. I do not often drink Bloody Mary cocktails, but I thought this one was very good. It was spicy, not too thick, and was garnished with olives & pickle spear.
For my meal I was debating between a couple of different sandwiches. The server helped to make my decision easy when he explained that Freight House uses real corned beef form the brisket, so of course I went with the Reuben (please excuse this terrible photo, the photo I snapped at the restaurant was somehow damaged so this one was taken at home of my leftovers). The Reuben was great! The corned beef was indeed the real-deal, slightly shredded and piled on top of the grilled marble rye bread, and the Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut were plentiful. I ordered my sandwich with the rough-cut fries and thought they were also very good; hot and slightly crispy.
One of my companions had the Walleye Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries. The walleye fillet was large, lightly breaded and pan-fried. The walleye had excellent flavor but wasn't very crispy on the outside. It was served on a toasted & buttered hoagie bun. The sweet potato fries that my companion ordered were awesome. They were thinly sliced and crispy, the best sweet potato fries any of us had tried before!
Another companion had the Smoked Brisket sandwich. Wow! This was a monster sandwich, with at least a half-pound of shaved beef brisket and caramelized onions piled onto the sourdough hoagie roll, then covered with melted white cheddar, served with a side of seasoned mayonnaise. Also came with a giant pile of sweet potato fries.
Another companion ordered the Freight House Burger. This delicious, flavorful burger comes from grain-fed Black Angus and is topped with sauteed onions, wild mushrooms and white cheddar cheese then served on a toasted ciabatta roll. Sweet potato fries were selected as the side.
For dessert we shared the Turtle Cheesecake. The cheesecake itself was very creamy and good, but when drizzled with caramel and pieces of cinnamon-roasted walnuts….. we have a big winner! Extremely delicious and rich, perfect for sharing.
Service: Our service at the Freight House was excellent from the time we arrived. The hostesses and manager were very friendly and the server was also great. Our visit took place on a very nice, busy weekend day and my companions and I were all impressed with how quickly our drinks and food were served.
Overall Impression: The Freight House is the perfect place for patio dining, especially if you like a nice view of the water. The inside is nice as well and the Night Club is a fun place to go on the weekends. The service was excellent and the food was very good. I would also recommend checking out the Minus 5' Ice Lounge that is temporarily located on the deck of the Freight House for just a little while longer!
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