Archive for February, 2008

logo2.gifI look forward to Fridays, not only because it is the last day of the workweek, but also because I head straight for Maverick’s Wood Grill, Champlin’s quaint, recently re-opened restaurant and bar.

Maverick’s is locally owned and managed and specializes in wood-grilled steaks, burgers and fresh seafood. I consider it an oasis tucked away in Champlin’s suburban neighborhood, an oasis of comfort food, ambiance, and Newcastle beer.

A Stained Glass and Log-End Walls
Maverick’s offers an ambiance that can’t be beat by other local suburban restaurants like Ruby Tuesdays or Broadway Pizza, or even Moonrock Bar and Grill  (my second-favorite restaurant in Champlin). It has a contemporary atmosphere-brightly colored cozy seating, a full bar, fireplace, dart boards, a stained glass wall-and it is co-mixed with what seems a much hipper crowd. I’d even compare it to Minneapolis neighborhood bars like Chatterbox Pub—only it’s much cleaner. The bar is somewhat small, which I believe helps make it feel warm, cozy and friendly; you get to know your neighbors around the bar (even if you don’t want to!).

I’d Kill for a Mini Mac
I admit I’ve only tried a few items on the menu—most are comfort foods—but on a Friday night I can’t help but stick with my favorites (I tell myself I’ll work it off at Life Time Fitness the next day!): cheese curds, mini corn dogs and the crème de la crème mini macs! I always get the mini burgers called mini macs, and there are different kinds to choose from too such as bacon/cheddar, mushroom/swiss, fire truck and heart attack. Click here for the full menu.  

Newcastle Fans and Fancy-Schmancy Drinkers
Newcastle is on tap in the full bar, and is only $3 a pint between 3 and 6 p.m. daily, for those of us thirst-quenched visitors. It’s not easy finding Newcastle on top anywhere in the suburbs!

I’ve watched the bartenders preparing to-die-for chocolate martinis, if you are a fan of fancy-schmancy drinks, they have quite a few originals on the menu. Click here for a full drink menu.

Where is this Neighborhood Oasis?
Maverick’s is located east of Highway 169 at 11328 West River Road in Champlin, Minnesota.

Stop by next Friday for a pint and a burger. But hey, don’t tell everyone, I want to keep my spot at the bar!


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Champlin residents wonder when new businesses will not only fill the many vacant multi-tenant commercial retailDave & Buster’s buildings, but also purchase and build on empty commercial lots. And, recently, the rumor is Dave & Buster’s is building in Champlin. 

“Dave & Buster’s has not approached the City,” said John Cox, deputy city administrator, “and conversations with the Elm Creek Commons landowner tell me there have been no discussions […] either.”  

The nearest Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant serving food, drinks and more than 200 games, opened in Maple Grove, a northwestern suburb of Minneapolis, just more than a year ago.  

Cox says he has “very little news” about future developments other than O’Reilly’s Auto Parts scheduled to move into Champlin Plaza in spring.  

Contact Cox for more information about Champlin business developments at jcox@ci.champlin.mn.us or visit The City of Champlin’s web site at http://www.ci.champlin.mn.us/.  

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