Last week on Friday, my wife suggested we take advantage of the gorgeous October afternoon and find a restaurant which served wings, burgers, and offered a patio. After a bit of searching I came up with Jake’s City Grille in Eagan which one Urbanspoon reviewer noted:
Jake’s has good outdoor seating for this area, featuring a man-made pond in the back with a few gas fire pits.
The only negative I have is that their buffalo sauce is way too hot to be enjoyable.
Being that they had nice outdoor seating and someone in Minnesota felt their wings were too hot, which translated to, “they are spot on”, meant that my wife and I needed to head over there for dinner.
We arrived just before 5 PM with the happy hour crowd in full swing. The only tables remaining outside were in the corner overlooking BW3′s entrance and patio and were high top. While not exactly perfect while toting a baby it ended up working out ok. The Urbanspoon reviewer was right about the patio: it was nice and spacious, overlooked a man made pond with a fountain, and included a gas fire pit with a rack of fake undersized stone “logs”. The only downside to sitting outside were the smokers–something which I completely forgot existed in Minnesota. Honestly I wish they’d ban them from the patios too.
The menu is full of your typical sports bar restaurant fare and includes overpriced burgers, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, appetizers, and dinner entrees. Aside from their “Nuclear” wings, nothing really caught my eye as impressive but I ended up ordering a beef brisket sandwich which came with fries and coleslaw for just under $10. My wife picked up a Black Angus Burger with cheddar for about the same except her’s came only with fries. We placed an order for wings, which during happy hour were a reasonable $5.95 but normally they run an inexcusably astronomical $10 and require an additional .75 for ‘Nuclear’. We split ours half ‘Nuclear’ and half Buffalo after a warning from the waitress that it all depended on how busy they were back in the kitchen.
Service was unbearably slow for 5 PM on a Friday and very few people inside the restaurant. Our server was purposefully avoiding the two happy-hour loving grossly flirtatious businessmen seated next to us so we rarely saw her unless she was delivering food. Eventually our wings came out and I dug in. They were nicely sized and appropriately spiced but unfortunately came out only warm due to the inattentiveness of our waitress. The ‘Nuclear’ was hot but certainly not close to being, “too hot to be enjoyable,” even by Minnesota standards. My wife commented that the Buffalo sauce was good. The bleu cheese dressing was chunky but basically tasteless. Clearly one of those, “let’s add feta cheese to our ranch and call it bleu cheese,” type dressings–probably from Sysco as I see this all too often around town. The happy hour price for these wings made them stellar and we would definitely return to eat them again.
Eventually our entrees came out and all excitement about Jake’s City Grille ceased. My wife’s burger was an overdone, tasteless, hockey puck. 1/2 of the burger clearly sat on the ‘grille’ too long as it was charcoal on one side. The cheese made no noticeable dent compared to the poor grilling and the bun was disgusting. My wife, a breastfeeding mother who needs tons of calories and will eat anything, left 1/8th of the burger and said it wasn’t worth eating any more.
My beef brisket was absolutely and utterly tasteless. My bun was also absolutely disgusting and so soggy that it fell apart even as I attempted to cut it with a knife. The meat had no distinctive BBQ or smoke flavor and might as well have been filler. The BBQ sauce provided was ok, provided the smoke flavor, and made the meat edible but was certainly nothing that I’d ever order again nor recommend anyone else order. The coleslaw was tasteless, like everything else, and I passed it along to my wife who ate it and said it was ok.
After it was all said and done it took about 90 minutes to arrive, be seated, order, eat, and leave and we were out by 6 PM when it was just starting to get busy inside with people either unaware of the generally horrid food awaiting them or totally clueless as to what good food is and how much they should be willing to pay for it.
Jake’s City Grille was such an utter disappointment, aside from the wings, that we will never return except to take advantage of their, “way too hot to be enjoyable,” wings at happy hour. The prices were about $2.00/item too high, their service was so unbearably slow that I would have guessed the servers were doubling as the cooks, and the food was so below mediocre that I’d probably rather eat a Burger King Quarterpounder with cheese than what Jake’s served my wife.
Overall one word: blah.
Have you ever eaten at any of Jake’s City Grille’s numerous locations around the metro? If so what did you think? What did you order when you were there? If you had the wings did you believe them to be hot? Whatever you have to say about Jake’s City Grille in Eagan go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Jake’s City Grille
1288 Promenade Place
Eagan, MN 55121
See all the photos from Jake’s City Grille in Eagan on Flickr here.