Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Dive Night ~ Meister's, Shoreview
Dive Night is a once monthly adventure undertaken by me and Husby, along with our friends Ruthie and Ray. Each couple alternates choosing a restaurant, one which must come under the category of "dive." Our definition of dive: a neighborhood gathering spot hiding under the radar. Casual atmosphere and good food. We're out to find the best food in the Minneapolis/St Paul area without having to pay a fortune or dress up. A sip of beer or wine doesn't hurt either.
It's cold and snowy here in Minnesota, but that doesn't stop the Dive Night crew from braving the weather and checking out another year of dives. Unfortunately what became a tradition was not the best choice of places to kick off the 2011 dive adventure. Meister's, which was really good in Stillwater and pretty good in Scandia turned out to be kind of mundane in Shoreview. Of course that's just my opinion.
hot. Like, really hot where you'd have to let it sit for a while before biting into it. That's good. The choice of appetizers was limited and pretty ordinary. We ended up getting onion rings and mushrooms. The mushrooms came with a little ranch dipping sauce.
Ray couldn't resist getting a cup of the sausage tortilinni soup, which he said was tasty. It came with three packets of crackers. Very generous indeed!
As for the entrees, we each had something different. I had the philly sandwich (sans green peppers *burp*) with au jus, Ruthie had taco salad, which was huge, Husby had a buffalo chicken wrap sandwich, and Ray had a rueben. As I mentioned, everything came to us really hot and tasted fine, but in my opinion the menu in general and my dinner lacked any kind of originality or pizazz. The rest of the gang might have different opinions.
And what kind of dive would Meister's be if it didn't have a Friday Night Meat Raffle? Of course we had to buy a couple of chances because who doesn't want to go home with a hunk of raw meat after an evening out?
Unfortunately none of our numbers were winners.
Long and short? We kicked off the third year of Dive Nights with a tradition, but the least favorite of the three Meister's. Nothing about it was outstanding, but nothing was icky either. It was just...zzzzzz.
One thing I must mention is the service. That was pretty decent. Our waitress was very attentive and did a good job of keeping up with us and the large party of old people. Nice and friendly, but not too friendly to get in your way. I like wait staff like that. Our waitress was excellent.
So that wraps it up. I feel a little guilty not being more positive. I will say if you're going to go to an average place to eat you should be accompanied by superior company, like Husby and I are every time we're out with Ruthie and Ray. Thanks, guys!