Zeb turned 27 last week. With Turkey Day weekend and all the festivities surrounding that, we knew we weren’t going to be able to find much time for the two of us. We searched to find the perfect Happy Hour to celebrate before we met the gang to pack up and head out of town. After a little research we chose W.A. Frost and Company. It proved to be the perfect choice.
W.A. Frost and Company is located on the southeast corner of Selby and Western Avenues. The building was built in the late 1880s by the Hennessey brothers and was known as the Dacotah. The upper floors consisted of upper-class apartments and the main floor was home to several shops. One being a drug store owned by William A. Frost. Cathedral Hill prospered through the 20s and 30s, but then began to decline. In the mid-seventies, the present owners of W.A. Frost and Company purchased the building and opened up the restaurant and bar. It was successful from the beginning and has seen much growth throughout the years.
W.A. Frost Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:oo p.m. and again from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Zeb and I planned to meet at 4:30 for the Happy Hour. I arrived a little before Zeb and grabbed a table by the bar. The bar is made from salvaged material from an old burned out building. It is beautiful and along with the rest of the decor, really makes you feel the history within the walls. While I was waiting I ordered a toddy and read my book. The cocktail I ordered was the Happy Hour signature cocktail. ($5) It consisted of bourbon with a house-made honey simple syrup, lemonade, and soda water. It was amazing! It was a perfect ratio of tart and sweet, with enough liquor to taste.
Zeb arrived shortly after and ordered the same. We quickly picked a few appetizers from their Happy Hour menu and conversed about the day. We chose the Spinach and Artichoke Dip with flat bread ($5) and the Mini-Burger and fries. ($6) The food came and we were in heaven. The burger was wonderful. The meat was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. It was bigger than I anticipated and tastier to boot. The Spinach and Artichoke Dip was the best I had ever had. It was warm and creamy, the flavors of the spinach and artichoke shone through. Both Zeb and I appreciated the lightness of the flat bread. It let the dip be the star and added a texture that was appealing. I couldn’t get enough.
If we would not have been in a hurry, I know Zeb and I would have spent much more time at W.A. Frost. It was one of the best Happy Hours I had found in awhile. The bill came and we only owed $23.39 before tip. We were thoroughly impressed by the price, the quality of food, and the service. The atmosphere was right up my alley as well. I am a huge fan of Cathedral Hill and I am excited to have one more reason to frequent the area.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The bar area is very relaxed, yet the various other seating offers a fine dining experience.
Our waitress was helpful and friendly.
Everything was plated well and gave an invitation to dig in.
Scrumptious. We did not have any complaints, nor the take-it-or-leave-it feeling afterward. Their food is worth coming back for.
Value for Dollars
You can’t go wrong with these Happy Hour prices. We both left full and satisfied.
But don’t take my word for it:
W.A. Frost and Company
374 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102