Carnivore's Dilemma: a meaty happy hour at Salut St. Paul
Salut Bar Américain - St. Paul
917 Grand Ave., St. Paul
Hours and details:
Carnivore's Dilemma: Daily, 4 p.m. to close
$5 The Balls, slow-cooked beef rib, steak tartare, cordon bleu nuggets, sausage grinder, house-cured bacon sliders
$9.95-$13.95 Sandwiches and burgers
$14.95 Hangar steak, beef burgundy, roasted clams
Regular happy hour: Daily, 3-6 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-midnight
$4 Well drinks
$4 Tap beers
$4 #1 wine (JP Chenet red or white)
$3 pomme frites, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, pizza espagnole, artichoke pizza, truffled deviled eggs
$3 mini burgers ($1 for extra patty, bacon, cheddar or swiss)
The Frog Bar at the St. Paul Salut location on Grand Avenue recently unveiled a meatier menu to go with its existing happy hour. Is it worth your while or will it leave you saying, "Where's le boeuf?"
The pig presides over the bar.
Venue: Salut in St. Paul has parking, a friendly vibe and the beautiful Frog Bar that greets you as you walk into the place. It's wooden and brown, with all the usual cheeky Parasole touches done Frenchie-style. The special deals are trumpeted on the wall, as well as in the collection of menus that get handed to you by an ultra-friendly hostess or server. Even in the afternoon, folks are there to have a good time and the long bar means there is plenty of room for conversation and chowing down amongst friends and strangers.
All the specials, even a cheese dinner...
Verdict: The Carnivore's Dilemma runs from 4 p.m. daily with several apropos choices for $5 like "The Balls" (Moroccan-style meatballs), ribs, house-cured bacon sliders and steak tartare (Hot Dish liked the tartare, but could have used a bit more heat with it). There are also frog bar sandwiches, burgers and dinners for between $9.95 and $14.95, but they feel a bit more like full-on meal options. However, because the meaty bargains are paired with a regular happy hour that includes $3 mini burgers, truffled deviled eggs, pizza and pommes frites with Bernaise sauce (which were so delicious that the people next to me were on round three) -- it's pretty hard to complain. The only drawback is the limited number of drink specials, although a $4 tap beer or house red is fine to enhance your protein-induced coma.
Steak tartare with crostini, mustard and herb aioli
The Frog Bar is perfect for a gang of your after-work compatriots, as everyone will find something to eat that suits them. And, with the new weekend late night happy hours, it might be your new last call stop -- where you can soak up the night's activities with a sausage grinder ($5) or some oysters ($1.95/each), or enjoy one of Salut's other meaty, French pleasures.
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