Can I get a woot woot?! I am just so happy I found this little place down in Afton. They have a very interesting menu and some nice spaces to sit and relax drink, eat, and chit chat with friends. I opted for a nice crispy white wine as it was gorgeous outside and ended up getting some stuffed artichoke hearts with boursin cheese ---stellar!!! I am already planning on joining the wine club they offer and going back for certain for the truffle fries with fondue cheese.
Finally stopped here and had a great Friday afternoon lunch. Nice wines and a great variety. The kitchen is the same as Current's with a slightly different menu. Great short ribs and potato mash, plus my wife pasta was dam near perfect. I did add a little seasoning but that's probably just me. Couldn't ask for better food or service. Next time, when a drop cooler, we will sit out on the patio and stop in for the Friday night wine tasting. This is a gem of a place.
Went to the Ladies Night Out free wine tasting last night - I think this place would have been packed had the weather been nice. These are scheduled throughout the summer on Thursday nights. The inside is very beautiful, and it has very comfy outdoor seating area in quaint downtown Afton. We tried 5 or 6 wines and then ordered a bottle of our pick plus some small plates. Had the cheese/fruit and bread/olive plates, both were excellent, and pork lettuce wraps, which were good. Small plate menu changes weekly. Everything is very reasonably priced.
My wife and I went to Sail Away Cafe last night. There was live music and it was a beautiful night. We went inside to the hostess to be seated outside on the patio, and a waitress greeted us and said she would be right out. A few minutes later she came out and introduced herself, but said she wouldn't be our waitress. 5 minutes go by and a for lack of a better description because she didn't introduce herself, a rainbow haired woman comes out to take our orders. We order drinks and say we need a minute for food. 15 minutes goes by without even seeing her come back outside. The other servers are all helping their tables and keep looking over but none stop by. The servers look focused on their tables so we didn't want to bother them. Another couple sits down at a still dirty table next to us. After 10 minutes of waiting they get up and leave for having not even been acknowledged. As they get up a table behind us mutters, "Good Call" We weren't in a hurry and it was such a nice night, so we kept waiting. At 30 minutes and still no drinks. Finally the waitress surfaces and goes to check on another table. Goes back inside and is gone for some time. To summarize, she helps 2 more tables run cards, and buses a table all without even looking over at us. At 35minutes she had helped table around us and we gave up. My wife forgot her phone as we started to leave, our waitress who handed it to my wife and said have a good night. Did she completely forget she had taken orders from us!? This was the worst dining experience I've had. The other reviews are spot on, a year has past, and still terrible service!
Looks like a cool place with decent menu but could not enjoy my beer on the outdoor patio with "open mic night" in my face on a lovely summer evening. Yes, it was a Monday night but save the ham and egger talent for cold winter nights.
Travelers' reviews published on tripadvisor.com This small restaurant has a nice blend of casual food and some fancy dishes. I had a really nice sandwich, and my wife had a fancy chicken saltimbocca entry. Both of us left full and happy. The staff was friendly and the price was reasonable. We'll be back for a casual dinner again. Waiter was very good, as was food and pricing. The atmosphere, for us, was one that led to friendly bantering and conversations with our fellow dinners. They have live music 2-3 days a week, but not the night we were there. We will stop in again! My wife and I had Sunday breakfast at Sail Away because several of our friends highly recommended this restaurant. We were able to sit outside because the weather was cooperative. The food was exceptional. I pride myself in being a pancake connoisseur and I must say their buckwheat pancakes are the best I have ever tasted. Usually, buckwheat cakes are dry, but theirs were very moist My wife and I stopped in here when staying at the afton house in for our anniversary. We love Afton and found this little jem of a restaurant to be a perfect stop. It's family owned and the food was GREAT. they had live music outside which was very romantic. (See tripadvisor.com/Restauraâ€¦ ) Bravo! Sail Away Cafe is rated "excellent" by 5+ travelers on Trip Adviser (on Sail away website, a little box from Trip Adviser) Sail Away invites us also to enjoy music every Friday and Saturday evening, 6:30pm to 9pm. "Join us on the lower deck or the patio for talented local musicians and fabulous food with no cover charge." I'm bringing my grandchildren on Afton's Trick-or-Treat Trail Saturday. October 29, 2012, 10am-1pm, including Sail Away Cafe, which is inviting us, "Meet The Witches of Afton plus photo opportunities & pie samples." I once took a dozen OLLI members there for the first time, and they loved it and planned to return. (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the U of MN) The head chef is the owner. His experience includes early years at St. Paul's most distinguished restaurant, the St. Paul Grill in the St. Paul Hotel, where he handled all four cook jobs before becoming sous chef EDITOR: PLEASE ADD A PHOTO FROM sailawaycafe.com/SailAwaâ€¦ after clicking 'Play Slideshow."
Current is neatly tucked along Manning Ave/Cty Rd 95 in downtown Afton, and connected to the Afton House Inn. It's a locale which tends to sway more trendy/classy for the upscale demographic coming off of the St. Croix, but also is approachable for the rest of the population. This leaves it searching for a bit of a soul. The menu is manageable--2 sided, with a good mix of starters, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees. Prices range from $7-$18 for nearly everything. The menu seems to stay along this new american theme, with some odd iterations which seem like they're reaching. I think these are attempts to either accommodate a much more casual crowd, or conversely, impress those affluent yacht clubbers coming in after a day on the 'skiff. Here's what we had: --Brie/grape/lavender/honey flatbread. Oh biscuits, this was just superb. Complex flavors and surprisingly light. A great starter. --Apricot + Apple salad. Surprisingly complex and enjoyable. The mixed greens were a little past prime, but the diced apples, apricots and vinagrette were quite balanced. --Seafood chowder soup. This was a bummer. Where was the seafood?! We actually asked our server about which seafood was in it (we couldn't find any). She was great, mentioned there were getting complaints about it all day, and comp'd it without question. Weird miss, but still optimistic. --Turkey burger w/Edamame. The burger was meaty and flavorful. A nice surprise was julienned apple beneath the patty, which added this subtle, sweet crunch to the dish. The edamame was the best I've ever had--like, blew all of the sushi places I've ever been to out of the water. It was steamed in a siracha/balsamic/chili blend and was probably the most impressive element of our meal. --Fresh Seafood Sampler. This item doesn't even belong on the menu. And to think of it, our server actually tried to steer us from it. A poor plating of basic smoked salmon, some poke with a toothpick in it, and 3 shrimp. Really uninspiring, and looked like a stoned freshman in college put it together. Seriously. A terrible dish. Overall, I'd recommend Current with a few caveats. It's in a great spot for a day trip and has some bold positives. Unfortunately, the service is slow (seems to be a theme throughout the reviews), and there is huge range in quality. Befriend your server and research some other Yelper's thoughts. Go in educated, relax and enjoy the elegant ambiance.
I was better than we expected. After a morning of fishing, we walked over from the Windmill Marina to this Afton restaurant. My mom had the Snapper and I had the Walleye Sandwich. We were very pleased.
This is one of those places where the food is extremely creative but not over the top. In fact, they are traditional recipes so people with narrow tastes will love this place while foodies will appreciate the added touches. My wife had the slow roasted salmon, which may mean baked in other places, but the fish was succulent and well seasoned. It was atop a hybrid kind of thing - very large couscous or very small risotto. It was finished with some shaved cucumber in a delicate yogurt dressing. My entree, the beef spare rib (boneless) was lean and slow cooked to perfection. Desert: the apple dumpling with ice cream. Again, creative and delicious. For City dwellers, this is worth the trip. It's quaint and not in an overly Northwoods kitschky way. Maybe stay the night and enjoy Afton Alps the next day?