Review: The Green Room

Behind an unassuming storefront on Stillwater’s Main Street is the trendy Green Room, with exposed brickwork, an open kitchen, and a rooftop patio with a view of the St. Croix River.  The menu includes Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Minnesotan influenced dishes, with a focus on fresh and local ingredients.  We visited the Green Room during last summer’s Foodies on Foot tour of Stillwater and were eager to return for lunch on the patio.

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The bold flavors of the Asian shrimp flatbread made it a delight to eat: each bite offered up a different combination of toppings, each flavor and texture distinct yet harmonious.  The thin crust was spread with a moderately spicy chili sauce and sprinkled with diced shrimp, whole cashews, sprigs of cilantro, chopped scallions, and slivers of ginger.  A small dollop of wasabi was served on the side, and I added a few specks here and there for yet another potent layer of flavor.

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The wet beef sandwich is a combination of smoked prime rib and Gruyere cheese served au jus with a side of truffle fries.  Although well-executed, the straightforward sandwich lacked the complexity of flavor that we expected from the Green Room.  The fries, on the other hand, lived up to expectations.  They came with lightly flavored house-made catsup that allowed the subtly rich truffle flavor of the fries to shine through.

The Green Room’s bold use of flavor and globally-inspired menu has made it our go-to restaurant in Stillwater–and there’s a lovely view from the patio to top it off.

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★★★½ out of 4 (recommended)

If you go:

The Green Room
http://www.tgrstillwater.com/
215 Main Street S
Stillwater, MN 55082
651-342-0215

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