Pedro’s Del Este
This small town lounge has an unexpected urban ambiance. Small, sharable tapas complement delicious craft cocktails. This spot is perfect for an after-dinner cocktail or a date night, sharing all of your favorite Cuban and Spanish-inspired dishes. All of the framed art on the walls are either original pieces from local artists or photographs – both procured during the restaurant owner’s trip to Havana, Cuba in January of 2017. You will also see works from the family’s many travels to Key West, FL.
Favorite Drink: Spa Water or the Netflix and Chile
Favorite Dishes: Broccolini, Guacamole, and the Gambas al Ajo
Lolo American Kitchen
Stillwater, MN and Hudson, WI
Lolo stands for locally owned, locally operated and has slowly become a River Valley staple. From their unique cocktails to their taco list, they have a lot to offer. Creative small plates inspired by street food around the world offer an option for everyone. Their LoLo Burger has won “Best Burger in the Valley” more than once and is a customer favorite. The best part? There are locations in Hudson and Stillwater… and if you ever find yourself flying out of MSP, you can find a Lolo in the E concourse of Terminal 1.
Favorite Drinks: Cobra Verde (spicy!) or a glass of their Sauvignon Blanc
Favorite Dishes: Veggie Stir Fry Bowl & Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt and Rosemary Fries
There is no sign outside the Velveteen telling patrons where to find this underground speakeasy; only a V etched into the ground with the words “Follow the Rabbit” hint at the fabulous speakeasy inside the JX Event Center. Eclectic decorations fill the walls, including a taxidermied jackalope and their emblematic two rabbit prints. Welcoming velvet booths are perfect for an intimate date night, while the extensive bar seating invites you to taste through their classic cocktails.
Favorite Drinks: Hanuman (a banana tequila cocktail) or an Aviation
Favorite Dishes: Crostini and Poke
Featuring stills, tasting room and craft cocktails from 45th parallel, and cuisine curated by chefs from Lolo and Lolito, this new spot is sure to be a Stillwater favorite in no time. The drink menu is broken up into three categories: unique, adventurous cocktails, sippable patio pounders, and more booze-forward concoctions. Discover Midwestern liquor companies and local beers at this brand new bar.
Favorite Drink: La Belle Vie
Favorite Dish: Any of the burgers!
San Pedro Cafe
Caribbean-inspired dishes prepared in a kitchen with a wood-fired oven at its heart make San Pedro’s a great Hudson staple. A 100-gallon saltwater coral garden fish tank adds to the ambiance at the Brazilian Cinderella Blue granite bar. Be sure to check out the Sunday brunch!
Favorite Drink: Blackberry Margarita
Favorite Dishes: Rasta Dip and Tacos