Would we go back:
2500 University Ave NE
• Walleye Sandwich - beer-battered (sweet potato fries + $1.49) $8.79
Stanley's reminded me of a suburban bar and grill. That was not necessearily bad, in fact there are not really any in Northeast so it kinda works.
The food was good nothing outstanding, but nothing to really complain about.
I may go back to Stanley's for happy hour some time just to see what it is like then, but beyond that I think there are better places to eat.
• Stanley Burger - ½ lb. ground beef burger with gouda cheese, bbq pulled pork, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato (fries + $1) $9.79
Stanley’s opened to much fanfare because of a renovation of the longstanding Stasiu’s Place and, notably, Steve Brown designing the menu. Well, the space is updated, open and airy, unlike your typical NE bars that you may know and love. But, that does open it up to a larger clientele, including us. Steve Brown did not go far out on a limb, and the result is good typical bar & grill food.
I could not complain because Stanley’s serves a good ½ pound hamburger, and the pulled pork is a real hit. The gouda was good, and the caramelized onions were equally tasty. The French fries were fresh, crisp, and tasty. The meal was a big portion and very filling. All in all, if we go back, I would order the pulled pork sandwich.
If you go, there is limited parking behind the bar off of Lowry Avenue. There is additional overflow parking in a lot next to a car shop kiddy-corner from Stanley’s. It is mildly kid-friendly at 5 p.m., but any later is pushing it because, after all, it is a bar. It’s also a first-come, first-served, seat yourself place with no apparent reservations. It looks like there are wait times during peak hours.
Bar and Grill
January 29, 2011