I have checked out State & Main a few times lately. It's a restaurant that isn't sure what it wants to be.
When you walk in, you are expecting a pub but there are 13 60 inch televisions hung all over the place playing sports. You can't actually listen to them as they are playing music really loud. In the evenings it makes it hard to have a conversation. The decor seems like it is trying to be a trendy club but again you have those televisions playing sports. All of the pieces are okay separate but together it doesn't work.
The food is good if bland. The jalapeño cornbread is a great idea but it is just cornbread. The dill sauce for dipping your fries is really good and the burgers are enjoyable but at the end of the day, the food is just okay and not as good as the Rook & Raven. The burgers are just burgers which are often overcooked. They don't really have a signature dish but a lot of dishes that are just good. If there is anything they do great, it is their wings which are only 39 cents on wing night (Thursday). Jordon has been more than once and has really enjoyed it.
It's not my favourite restaurant to go when I am downtown but with the Rook & Raven being busy almost all of the time, it's one that I can see myself checking out once in a while.
You can find them on the web at stateandmain.ca or find them in person at 100 - 475 2nd Avenue South in Saskatoon.