Taste of the Four States, October 2018

The Woodshed Burger House:
Eat, Drink, Shop, Repeat

By Savanah Mandeville

One of my favorite places in the whole world is the Carthage square.

Recently, my mom and I spent a Friday afternoon on the square perusing antique stores in search of unique knick-knacks and home decor. We always visit Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square, 311 S. Main, to admire the local artwork and eat lunch in The Woodshed Burger House.

If you haven’t been to The Woodshed, it’s tucked in the back of Cherry’s Art Emporium, making a trip to Cherry’s a full art, shopping and dining experience.

I’ve never ordered anything bad from The Woodshed. It’s known mostly for its gourmet burgers, such as the Maple Leaf Burger and the Dyno-Mite Burger, but The Woodshed also serves up sandwiches, salads, fish dinners and more.

We started off with an order of catfish nuggets. The nuggets were perfection – fresh, meaty, and the light, crispy breading was a perfect golden brown. It’s not uncommon for fried catfish to have too much breading and be too crunchy, but the nuggets at The Woodshed were just right.

For our entrees, I ordered the Ozark Hillybilly Burger (I couldn’t resist), and my mom ordered the Sante Fe Salad. I at least got sweet potato fries … that’s healthy, right?

My scrumptious burger was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. It was piled up with all my favorite toppings: pulled pork, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and finished off with a rich and sweet barbecue sauce. A big ol’ burger like the ones at The Woodshed are my ultimate “treat yourself” meal – and I can tell you I ate the Ozark Hillbilly Burger at lunchtime and I wasn’t hungry again until late that night.

Now that’s not to say my mom’s salad didn’t look delicious. The artisan mixed lettuce was topped with roasted corn salsa, fried avocado (yum!), tomato, grilled chicken, cheddar cheese and croutons. It’s a healthier option that will leave you full and satisfied without the guilt.

The Woodshed has live music every Friday night, so I’m planning to go back on a Friday evening for some toe-tapping and to try some of the other menu items that caught my eye, like the Portobello sandwich and the walleye dinner. Oh, and The Woodshed has a full bar, so you can pair beer, wine or a tasty cocktail with your meal.

What’s new?
The Woodshed has some cool new things going on.

-Sushi Wednesdays: The Woodshed recently brought in a highly trained sushi chef for lunch and dinner on Wednesdays.

-Brunch: The Woodshed is now offering Saturday brunch from 9 am to 3 pm. You’ll want to try an eggs Benedict or the cinnamon/brown sugar-infused pancakes while you clink mimosas with your besties.

-The Woodshed is hosting a Steak & Argentinian Wine Party at 6 pm October 5. Guests will have the choice of a 12-ounce ribeye or eight-ounce filet mignon. A Domaine Bousquet wine expert will be present to lead a wine tasting. Tickets are on pre-sale for $30 per person at The Woodshed.

-The Bros in Bras for a Cause Fundraiser will be held at The Woodshed at 6:30 pm November 10. This fun fashion show will benefit McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, which provides free mammograms for women.

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