One of my favorite things to do when we travel is trying out new restaurants. New, local restaurants that the locals like to eat at. Very rarely will you ever see us post about a chain. So this past weekend while we were in Shakopee, Minnesota we tried out O’Brien’s Public House. It’s located in downtown Shakopee with plenty of parking and easy access to the main roads.
When we found out this was where the locals like to eat I knew we had to have dinner there. With one step inside, I could see why O’Brien’s was the place in town.
The atmosphere is fun, full of friendly people and you feel welcome the second you walk in. Peyton and I were greeted before the door even closed. It was a Friday night, around 7 pm, so the place was very full but we were seated promptly and handed some menus to look over. When I opened the menu, my first reaction was, Wow! There are so many choices! They have everything from salads to comfort foods to sandwiches and more. There were so many dishes I wanted to try out but didn’t know where to start!
Alexa, our server, was friendly, helpful and really fun to hang out with. We really enjoyed talking to her. Plus, she helped us narrow down our choices and decide what we were eating for dinner. Without her, I think we may still be there trying to decide!
I eat out a lot and I like to know a little bit about where we are. And having lived in Shakopee before I knew O’Brien’s Public House was a newer establishment. O’Brien’s opened its doors in 2016. I knew it had to have been after I moved out of Shakopee because there was no way I would’ve missed this little piece of heaven in downtown. All their food is made from scratch except for the mayonnaise and bread. Otherwise, it’s all homemade, even the salad dressings, from tried and true recipes that will make your mouth water.
Alexa and I had narrowed my dinner choices down to the Shepherds Pie or a Rueben. Seeing as how it was a little chilly I opted for the Shepherds Pie, plus Alexa persuaded me with her charm that the Shepherds Pie would be a perfect choice for a chilly night. I also opted for the homemade Blue Cheese dressing on my house salad. Peyton went a little more conservative with a grilled chicken breast and mashed taters.
When our meals arrived, they looked delicious! This was a first having Shepherds Pie for me but it won’t be my last. The pearl onions were done perfectly, the peas were still firm, the meat melted in your mouth and that gravy just made everything taste even better! The blue cheese dressing was full of nice big chunks of cheese and went perfectly with the house salad. I let Peyton have a little taste of the pie and she said she had wished she ordered that instead of her chicken breast. Though she did thoroughly enjoy her chicken breast, she said it was moist and yummy.
Once we were finished with dessert, Alexa brought us Creme Brulee and an ice cream sundae for dessert. The Creme Brulee was so smooth! Peyton had never had it before because, to be honest, I have never shared it with her before. But this was a large Creme Brulee so I felt I could let her have a little taste. She loved it!
O’Brien’s Public House is a definite must stop at if you are in the Shakopee area. Even though this was our first visit it will not be our last visit.