I'm on a bender now. I'm set to prove that you can find good places to eat and drink in the suburbs. One of these days I'm going to take a field trip to Blaine, where I hear there are all kinds of fun food things happening.
But today, I'm going to talk about a place that opened near me in Chanhassen late last year, and I'm so glad it did.
Wine bar with live music by night.
Isn't it lovely? It feels upscale without being pretentious.
But of course, beautiful surroundings aren't worth much if you can't get a good meal, at least in my opinion. And that's where SOTW shines.
Roasted tomato soup, available every day, along with a soup-of-the-day.
The sandwiches are just about to die for. I've tried most of them, and loved them all. This was particularly yummy:
The reuben (yes, I had reubens two weeks in a row, so what?), loaded with corned beef and sauerkraut on marble bread. I just love a cafe that understands you need lots of sauerkraut. I hate when I order a reuben somewhere, and it comes with just a couple of little strings, looking like a combover on the meat. Corned beef demands sauerkraut.
There are also pizzas on the menu, and salads. Service is friendly and accommodating--I had the audacity to once order the Spa Salad (mixed greens, apples, pecans, dried cranberries, lemon vinaigrette) and asked to have them hold the blue cheese. I know, I know--I really can't even pretend to be a foodie when I don't like blue cheese. And I have been places where the servers had a hard time not rolling their eyes at that request. But no one at SOTW made fun of me. I could even do that again. And would, because it's so good.
There's live music several nights a week. So take your pick: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night. It's all good, baby.
Non-food photos courtesy of photographer Bobi Murray.