Would we go back:
276 S Exchange
• Crabcake (shared) $7.95
• Grilled Seafood Bruchette $22.00
• Carrot Cake $5.50
Probably about 10 years ago we went here for Steve's birthday, and I can happily say it has not changed a bit. I remember that we really liked it at that time and I was a little worried that now that we have been going to different restaurants our tastes would be different and Forepaugh's would not be as good any more. Luckily that is not the case.
Forepaugh's is grand old style French restaurant in an old mansion just outside of downtown St. Paul. The mansion is old and creaky just as you would hope and expect when you see it from the outside. They have left the rooms in tact so each room will have four or five tables in it creating a cozy atmosphere.
The food is very rich, it is not the place to go on a strict diet, at least not if you plan to continue on it for that evening. We started with a crabcake which was very nice, not the best we have ever had, but lots of meat and very little filler. It had a nice light cucumber salad on the side which contrasted well with the rich crabcake. My grilled seafood contained scallops, shrimp and swordfish with some veggies in between severed on a bed of rice with a tomato enhanced hollondaise. It really was quite nice and the seafood was done to perfection. The carrot cake was adequate, but very light, not the way I like my carrot cake.
I am glad we returned to find Forepaugh's the same as before and hope that it stays that way for many more years to come.
• Veal Medallions $22.00
• Fruit Tart $5.50
Forepaugh’s offers good French food at a high end price, matching its location and its reputation. Among the best attributes of Forepaugh’s is the classy venue, a remarkable house on Exchange Street that rivals anything you would find on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. The decor includes a healthy portion of ornate woodwork and historic paintings and photos appropriate for the age of the building.
The food was just as appropriate for what you would expect from Forepaugh’s. It was not cutting-edge; rather, it was standard, quality French food. We started with the Crabcake Maryland, which was very good, as usual, for us that means that the crab content was high and the crust was acceptable. I was not impressed with the accompanying sauce, but skipping the sauce saved me some calories.
I also had the veal special, which was good. The veal was tender, but not as flavorful as I expected. The sauce was heavy and good, as you would expect of a traditional French restaurant. The mussels and crab were average and did not add much to the overall dish. I was impressed with the value-- veal, mussels, crab, and vegetables at a reasonable price.
I expected more of the fruit tart and was sorely disappointed. I would recommend Forepaugh’s, and I would also recommend skipping dessert and saving some calories.
$20 and up
August 16, 2003