Finding a Feast of Flavor at Rochester Restaurants

May 02, 2017

Group of people at a restaurat having dinner being served by a waiter.jpegRochester MN restaurants offer many choices for beef lovers, whether you want to dine in a fancy steakhouse where many cuts of grilled beef are served or a quick, inexpensive dinner. Whether you want a delicately sauced filet, cowboy ribeye, a Philly cheese steak sandwich, Greek steak-and-vegetable shish kabob or Japanese teriyaki steak served with steamed rice, you'll find it here. As the Rochester Convention and Visitor's Bureau website makes bountifully apparent, there is no shortage of savory steak dining here.

Six Popular Restaurants

Here are six local favorites for steak.

300 First, 300 First Avenue NW
(507) 281-2451
Get started with the chorizo cabbage rolls, which come with "bang bang sauce." Then move on to a mouthwatering selection of steaks, which are 300 First's specialty along with seafood. Try a 6-ounce filet Wellington wrapped in puff pastry and red wine mushroom sauce. Other selections include grilled bavette, ribeye and New York cuts as well as slow-roasted prime rib. All are served with garlic mashed potatoes and choice of vegetable. Vegetarians in the family may enjoy the stuffed risotto cakes or butternut squash ravioli. Don't miss 300 First's double chocolate bread pudding and coconut flan.

Chester's Kitchen & Bar, 111 South Broadway
(507) 424-1211
Chester's is known for its Sunday brunch as well as its steak dinners, which include a 14-ounce New York strip steak with a garlic-butter glaze. Desserts include old-fashioned favorites, such as banana-cream pie. Back to brunch: Steak lovers can begin their day of rest with an appetizer of pan-seared tenderloin and prime rib hash served with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.  

Lord Essex - The Steakhouse, 20 SW Second Avenue
(507) 396-4052
Lord Essex specializes in elegant steak dinners with cuts ranging from filet to ribeye. Chicken, lamb, pork and seafood entrees are also available. Sides include loaded mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. The gluten-free chocolate torte with berries and chocolate sauce is a welcome menu item.

Saints on Second Bar and Grill, 131 13th Avenue SW
507) 536-0040
Sirloin is the star here, whether served smothered with sauteed mushrooms and onions or in Innovative dishes, such as Korean-style, shredded sirloin tacos and "Black and Blue" salad.  In the salad, blackened sirloin forms a savory combination with bacon, bleu cheese, crisp wontons and pecans on a bed of fresh spinach with a Southwestern vinaigrette. Grilled ribeye is another house specialty.

Terza Ristorante, 30 3rd Street SE
(507) 216-9590
Grilled filet and grilled New York strip steak are two of the gluten-free selections at Terza. Both are served with Italian-style roasted potatoes. Polenta, grilled broccolini and garlic spinach are among the sides, all of which are gluten free. Chocolate-almond torte and creamy tiramisu are among the dolci for sweet endings.

Twigs Tavern and Grill, 401 6th Street SW
(507) 288-2677
If you're in the mood for a lighter steak dinner, consider Twigs' combo platter for two. It's gluten free and provides a sampler of filet mignon, tavern cut steak, scallops and shrimp. The restaurant specializes in "hot rock" grilling -- similar to fondue cooking, but without the oil -- in which a rock heated to 650 degrees F is delivered to your table. You prepare your steak to your liking. Twig's owner has celiac disease, so the restaurant offers a wide variety of gourmet, gluten-free choices, including savory sauces and appetizers.

A Convenient  Apartment Community

With all the city's many restaurants, living in Rochester is a tasty experience. Dining and shopping are just minutes away from the Springs at Broadway, a luxury apartment community offering pleasant amenities, including a 24-hour fitness facility, flexible lease terms and spacious, walk-in closets.

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