4.5 out of 5.0 stars

The Treasure Island Center has brought excitement to downtown St. Paul.  Housing the Minnesota Wild’s practice facility and offering ice time to different college, youth and adult leagues.  Currently, there is a drug store, a coffee shop, a brewery, and soon, a pizza place.  As of a week ago, there’s a new sports bar called The Pillbox Tavern.  The best way I know to thoroughly check out the burger options, is to call a 75th #TCBurgerNight with Phatphood & Shawn Rodgers.

This is a sweet place to watch sporting events, hang out with friends and family and enjoy great food and great drinks.  As it should be, Burgers lead the way.  They have three regular burgers and three Juicy Lucy’s, including the Jalapeño Popper Lucy, the 2019 Twin Cities Burger Battle Champion, that owner Bill Ashton brought over from Jersey’s Bar.  Check out Shawn’s post detailing that burger.

What I’ve got is The Tillamook Burger.  This one starts with 6 ounces of brisket, short rib & dry aged chuck, with a little butter thrown in for good measure from Rancher’s Legacy Meat Company in Vadnais Heights.  It’s cooked to temp.  It’s juicy, seasoned well and has a nice char on the patty.  Very tasty caramelized onions are generously dolloped on.  White, aged Tillamook cheddar covers the onions.  It’s beautifully melted, thick and drips down the side of the burger.

A creamy Dijon mustard is spread on top.  You will notice the mustard taste.  Under the patty are a few delicious, sliced pickles.  The soft, lightly toasted bun from Grandma’s Bakery is great.  You hear me say it a lot, but this burger lands in the nice, soft feel category.  If feels good in my hands.  It’s time for a stop in the capital city!  You’ll enjoy this burger.

It was great to meet Bill & Matt Bakke.  Thanks for having us out.  Our server, Cindy (Cin), was awesome!  We loved her suggestions.  Check out Phat & Shawn’s post and stories for some great info.

Chef Graham Messenger is sending out killer menu items.  It was great to chat with him.

Sweet Chili Mayo – 5 stars!  Ask for some on the side to dip anything into!

Cheese Curds – Fantastic!  Calabrian Chili Honey – Delicious!

Kung Pao Brussells Sprouts – Delicious!  Might be the best I’ve ever had!

House Made Chips – Very good!  Salty!

Crispy Chicken Sandwich – Very good!

Bistro Filet – Good.