The Commodore

 

A while back I was enjoying brunch with my mom (Alice) at W.A. Frost on Cathedral Hill.  She pointed down the street to a beat up multi-story building and said, “Your Dad and I used to go there to dance, that was in 1952 and it was called The Commodore!” Since then, I’ve been to The Commodore twice, first with a group of great friends and then again with Mom.

Walking in the front door is like stepping straight into the 1930’s. The impeccably restored Art Deco bar, parlor and lounge areas, and main dining rooms display a rich touch of history and the elegance of an era.

The first stop is at the main bar for a handcrafted cocktail, followed by comfortable seating in one of the many semi-private lounge spaces for additional refreshments and appetizers. This may be one of the best elements of The Commodore, as it provides a great atmosphere for business, family or romance.

Next, dinner is served in each of the lounges, or, if you prefer, in one of two dining rooms.  The more formal of these provides viewing of epic early and mid-1900’s movies. One night it was Singing in the Rain!

I have sampled a large portion of the menu offerings, and some of my favorites are as follows:

Appetizers:

Parmesan Fried Risotto – butternut squash, fried sage, pumpkin seed oil

Lobster Deviled Eggs – curried mayonnaise, pickle celery, herb salad “you could live on these, Oh! and the risotto balls too”

Duck Confit – frisee, citrus, fig and date relish, balsamic reduction, toasted walnuts.

Soup and Salads:

I can’t get past the Roasted Vegetable Salad, it is outstanding and comes in two sizes, get the large!! – zucchini, carrots, red onion, smoked mushrooms, honey roasted garlic and lemon aioli

Entrees:

Try the enchanting Roasted Cauliflower – gouda cheese fondue, capers, chili flakes, lemon and herbed breadcrumbs

Or the 12 Hour Braised Beef – sweet potato puree, roasted red cabbage, sesame ginger vinaigrette, red wine deme glace

My personal favorite is Pan Roasted Chicken – sweet potatoes, broccolini, roasted Cipollini onion, sage, marsala jus

Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin – truffled steak fries, creamed spinach, cranberry relish and peppercorn jus

Mom’s choice, Pork Schnitzel – truffle glazed spaetzle, wild mushrooms, lemon pepper vinaigrette, watercress

Desserts: The Cheese Plate (of course!) as well as Brown Butter Cake, (why not?)!

The Commodore is more than a cocktail or a meal – it represents a lifestyle most have never appreciated.  Take some time, a friend, significant other, or perhaps your Mom and check it out!!

The Commodore | 79 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, MN | Menu

Bill’s Beverage of the Month

3 Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN | Zombie Dust | Pale Ale | 6.2% ABV

 

zombie-dust-e1490807297330.png(Hard to find, easy to drink!)

This intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale will be one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse. Created with our marvelous friends in the comic industry.

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