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BEST RESTAURANT (ST. PAUL) Minneapolis 2010 - The Strip Club

The Strip Club

The Strip Club

378 Maria Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55106

651-793-6247

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You know the rumors about strip clubs serving great steaks? Well, we haven't done too much research on the subject, but there's only one place we've found those notions to be true: the Strip Club in St. Paul, which fortunately happens to not be that sort of strip club at all. The clubby neighborhood restaurant's signature Strip Steak is grass-fed beef from Thousand Hills. Ordered medium rare, the meat has a weathered crust and a ruby core that's as smooth as ahi tuna, with a clean, juicy flavor. It seems a shame to smother something so fine, but if you want to, try the cheekily named "Whip Me, Beet Me," a mixture of horseradish cream, beets, ginger, and lime. The rest of the menu presents a similarly playful take on American cuisine that pleases and piques the palate. We'll forgive occasional missteps like the overwrought Bacon Balls—chocolate truffles with bacon, pecans, and salt served in a cloud of marshmallow-like meringue—for the genius of the Scandahuvian Bomber, which wraps smoked salmon, French fries, and watercress into a delicious, stylish bouquet, and the Cobra Kai, a rum-based cocktail with a frothy egg-white top and a hit of habanero bitters. Because the restaurant's owners are a constant presence—Tim Niver taking an order, Aaron Johnson ducking behind the bar, J.D. Fratzke in the kitchen—food and drink are served with genuine hospitality as consistently as the other kind of strip club patrons fill G-strings with dollars.

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Tricia Severson
Tricia Severson

Awesome! I'm a designer for Thousand Hills Cattle's agency brandsynchrony and was pumped to see this posting! Grass-fed all the way! Nice job JD Fratzke you deserve it!-Tricia

Chris_H
Chris_H

the biggest problem with this place: having to explain that it's "not actually a strip club" every time it's described. i mean, it's been around for a while and even when it's winning awards, there needs to be a disclaimer. i tried to take co-workers there once, but they were too nervous to bring the boss along for fear of naked ladies. i bet they lose a lot of lunch customers merely for this fact alone -- who wants to expense "the strip club" or have the wife see that on the cc?

they really, really need to change the name.the biggest problem with this place: having to explain that it's "not actually a strip club" every time it's described. i mean, it's been around for a while and even when it's winning awards, there needs to be a disclaimer. i tried to take co-workers there once, but they were too nervous to bring the boss along for fear of naked ladies. i bet they lose a lot of lunch customers merely for this fact alone -- who wants to expense "the strip club" or have the wife see that on the cc?

they really, really need to change the name.

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