Date of Review
March 22, 2008
$15 - $20
Our Total Bill:
Call Ahead Seating
Pepper: 3" glass shaker
|Renee's Side||Steve's Side|
I should preface this review by saying that I was not feeling well at all when we went to Phil's Tara Hideaway. But Steve's parents were in town so it was much easier than making a dinner. So honestly the best part of the meal for me was the hot tea, which while it was not the best hot tea around really did hit the spot and they brought a coffee pot full of water for me when I asked to have the tea refilled.
Other than that, I really could not taste much. But the walleye fritters seemed to be popular at the table and with the accompanying horseradish sauce that I was even able to discern a flavor. My pasta did not do much for me, but I didn't expect that it would and actually chose it because it was one of the cheapest things on the menu, since I knew I was not going to enjoy whatever I had. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their meal and they were generous servings. I would say this is a great place for a multigenerational meal because there seemed to be something for everyone.
Renee warned me as we went into Phil’s Tara Hideaway that most reviews she has read recommend sticking with steaks or sandwiches. Not looking to be disappointed, I stuck with the special filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and mushrooms. The steak was fantastic and the béarnaise sauce and mushrooms were delicious. The au gratin potatoes on the side were bland and a little disappointing. The meal also came with soup or salad; the clam chowder was decent (even if it might have been left over from Good Friday the day before).
We also had unique walleye fritters that had a crunchy, but not hard, exterior. They were quite good with the accompanying horseradish sauce. Since we had four at the table, we also ordered some onion rings, which were everyday quality, sure-to-please onion rings.
The ambience is a small supper club that is billed as one of John Dillinger’s hangouts from the 1930’s. It is a quaint spot that must have been a roadside stop for decades. Now, it is within earshot of Highway 36, a busy four lane highway in Stillwater , east of St. Paul . The access road is a dead end, with Phil’s Tara Hideaway having a gravel parking lot (muddy on our visit). With little in the way of view or size, the history, food, and attentive service are the main attractions.
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