VENUE DETAILS

Porter Creek Hardwood Grill

Price:

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual, American contemporary

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Rating: One Star One Star Half Star No Star

REVIEW

The good people of Burnsville should be showering the owners of Porter Creek Hardwood Grill with muffin baskets, fruit bouquets or whatever is the current socially acceptable means of expressing gratitude.

Not only because Lynn Reimer and John Sheehan have rid County Rd. 42 of an eyesore -- a Bakers Square outlet, the ultra-schlocky early 1980s model -- and replaced it with an understated and lavishly landscaped beauty. That would be reason enough. But with this new and eminently clone-able venture, the partnership behind Doolittles Woodfire Grill has also nailed down a great many of the critical but tough-to-master details that go into creating a warm-and-fuzzy dining-out experience. That they managed to accomplish this feat in restaurant-starved south-of-the-river suburbia is the proverbial icing on the cake.

That starts with the menu, one of those a-taste-for-every-demographic billboards.

Urban food freaks might typify the selection as predictable, but out in 55337, dishes such as lamb shanks and roast duck are borderline revolutionary. Even better, they're terrific: the lamb, served on a tennis racquet-sized bone, is carefully braised to fork tenderness, and the duck is served two ways: roasted to crisp-skinned perfection in the kitchen's wood-burning oven and prepared confit-style to succulent, fall-apart deliciousness.

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Where:

Porter Creek Hardwood Grill
14201 Burngarten Dr.
Burnsville, MN
952-698-1888

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