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Fire Kissed

Service and smoke make for something lovely

Fire Kissed
Photo by Todd Buchanan

I’ve been to St. Louis Park’s new Woodfire Grill, the newest restaurant from Taher (Forepaugh’s, Timber Lodge Steak house) a handful of times, and what has stayed with me most memorably is the breakfast with my three-year-old daughter. We were the only table on a particularly cold day, and our server and a manager took the house apart looking for a long, safe, wooden-handled skewer so that my little girl could safely roast a marshmallow over the roaring wood fire. Then the server built a small fort of chairs around said fire so my little girl wouldn’t burn herself. The same server later played peek-a-boo with my daughter while I signed the bill. I go to a lot of restaurants, sometimes five a week, and I rarely receive that kind of service.

When I recall that morning, the service stands out more than the very good silver-dollar pancakes; the chunks of good, salty corned beef in the homemade corned-beef hash; or the fresh mint on the fruit salad. I had lots of other very good things to eat at this wood fire-driven, formerly cursed spot. (Remember Shelly’s Woodroast and the Alaska Eatery? They were here.) On other visits, I loved the grilled naan, made prettily smoky by its time near a real fire, and I liked the lamb burger. I vow to return for the Friday and Saturday prime rib. That said, on a different visit, another server noticed that my coffee had gotten cold and brought me a whole new cup. The food at this new Woodfire Grill is good, but if they can continue to provide the best, friendliest service in the western suburbs, I think they’ll be the restaurant to overcome the hurdle of the location. I know I’ll be back—my three-year-old asks to go every day.

St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill, 6501 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-345-0505, slpwoodfiregrill.com
 


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