4.5 out of 5.0 stars

The past year has presented unimaginable challenges to the restaurant industry.  We’ve lost so many places through no fault of their own.  Both Rock Elm Taverns and their sister restaurant, Holman’s Table, have survived closings of some lengths this past year and we all hope things will keep moving in the right direction.  Rock Elm Tavern in Maple Grove, which is now known as Rock Elm at the Grove, has done some remodeling and has made some menu changes and additions.

Rock Elm at the Grove reopened this past Wednesday with some exciting menu changes.  They invited a few of us to preview some items off that menu, which is offering some fantastic smoked meats, such as a Flintstones sized short rib, smoked brisket and a smoked pork chop to name a few.

I now have many more reasons to head back there, but there was no way I couldn’t get one of their fantastic signature burgers.  My first visit to Rock Elm Tavern almost 4 years ago, put the Vat 17 Burger on my plate and a smile on my face.  Nothing has changed, it’s still a great burger.

🍔𝙑𝙖𝙩 17 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙧, 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙤𝙣, 𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙜𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙞, 𝙖𝙧𝙪𝙜𝙪𝙡𝙖. 🍔

I must admit that I did move the delicious, thick cut, candied bacon strips in order to give you a little better view of the beef patty and that super flavorful, wonderfully textured, tangy, nutty, VAT 17 cheese that engulfs the perfectly temped, juicy, nicely seasoned, @reviercattle Black Angus beef patty.  Delicious garlic aioli is swiped on the soft, lightly toasted, Franklin Street Bakery, home style bun.

You will be able to say, I got my greens,  when you order this burger.  There is a heaping mound of fresh, peppery arugula on top of everything.  How much of it you keep on your burger is up to you.  I may have slid a few leafs off.

It’s a flavorful, juicy burger.

Housemade Tots – Amazing!  @tcfooddude takes a deep dive into this fantastic appetizer.

Chimichurri Wings – Delicious!