Small Town Eats: Swing Bridge Pub in La Crescent, MN

Written by on April 4, 2022

Brandon Scott visits various area small town restaurants and diners throughout the Tri-States looking for those “hidden gems.” He’ll introduce you to each establishment on air and social media, talk about his experience, the food, atmosphere, specials, and more. There will also be way for you to enter and win a gift card, certificate or other prize to each place.

Swing Bridge Pub: La Crescent, MN

If you live in or around La Crosse and are looking for a place to eat that’s more local without driving a ways, the Swing Bridge Pub in La Crescent is the spot for you. They swung open their doors in the summer of 2019 so they’re still a fresh face around the area. They’re located in the La Crescent Area Event Center as part of the Best Western Plus hotel.

Their menu includes several appetizers such as; flatbreads, nachos, steak sliders, cheese curds, chicken strips and more. They also have the ultimate salad and soup bar available every day that features their homemade soups which is perfect for a lunch option.


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I started my lunch by getting the pub pretzels as an appetizer. There were three pretzel sticks in an order served with a side of white queso cheese sauce and a stone-ground mustard sauce. The queso sauce was amazing and the perfect combination for the pretzels which were hot out of the oven.

I was in the mood for a burger and I tried one of the pub favorites, the rodeo burger. It was 1/3 fresh beef patty topped with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, French fried onion tangler’s, and covered in barbeque sauce. I got to choose one side and I went with their homemade macaroni and cheese. The barbeque sauce was a great addition to this burger and definitely gave it plenty of flavor.

Of course, I had to have dessert. Cheesecake is my weakness and their turtle cheesecake left me with a big smile. It’s made with a graham cracker crust, pecans, chocolate, and caramel drizzle over the top.

They have daily happy hours specials from 3-6pm and offer a variety of wines and cocktails. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-9pm (closed on Sunday and Monday).

Give them on a follow on Facebook here. Also, check out their website here for a menu, or if you’re interested in catering or events at the Swing Bridge Pub.

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