Out at Rascal’s Apple Valley Bar and Grill with Kimmy. We were looking for something a little different tonight and while we had seen this place numerous times we had never ventured inside.
A warm and vibrant fire was burning in the fireplace and two staff members were ready to take us to our table in the dining room. We passed the spacious bar and noticed plenty of happy faces playing darts, Golden Tee, and watching one of the numerous TVs.
We sat down and began to peruse the varied and lengthy menu. Most of their entrees for dinners were in the $11 to $15 range including my choice of the $14.95 8 oz filet mignon! Kim ordered a half rack of ribs. She was torn between those and a blue-burger. Tough choices! :)
We started off with their Maryland Crab Cake dip for an appetizer. I couldn’t tell if it was the tortilla chips or the dip but something was VERY salty. Kim originally said she couldn’t taste the crab and we certainly couldn’t see it but towards the last bits of dip it finally revealed itself. I have to admit that it was quite tasty.
The meals came out soon after we finished the appetizer and came loaded with food. They did not skimp on the sides here! The “dinner vegetables” were piled high alongside the double scoops of garlic mashed potatoes. The filet mignon was a bit overcooked and thus lost some of its tenderness but was decent overall.
Kim’s ribs were meaty and slathered in a spicy but brown sugary sauce that was quite excellent IMHO. It sure beat out the “competitors” and “champions” at this past summer’s Rockin’ Ribfest in St. Paul.
My sole “complaint” lies not with the food but with the overpowered P.A. system they have to alert the wait staff to grab ready orders for serving. If that was only a couple notches lower, the quiet and pleasant ambiance would have been maintained and would have really made it 100% enjoyable.
If you’re looking for some really excellent and different suburban dinner fare for decent prices ($40 for our meal before tip) served by friendly and excellent servers, I *highly* suggest trying Rascal’s Apple Valley Bar and Grill located at 7721 147th St W in Apple Valley.