Cafe Latté: Best dessert in the Cities :)
When it comes to sweets, Cafe Latté is the place to go. They have a great selection of desserts! Cafe Latté is actually a cafeteria-style restaurant. So if you have the appetite for some light dinner, they offer tasty soup, salads and sandwiches.
Favorite Dish: Cafe Latté's famous German chocolate cake is to die for!
Green Mill Brewing Co.: For good food and cheap drinks ;-)
The restaurant in St. Paul is the original Green Mill location with a history that goes back to the mid 1930s.
If you are looking for a laid diner or somewhere to celebrate a little after a hard-working day, then don't miss Green Mill's Happy Hour! You can get most of the appetizers for half price!
Favorite Dish: Pasta Pavarotti - (Penne noodles, seasoned chicken, prosciutto, mushrooms, zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce) - Just yummy!
Buca di Beppo: Italian - family style!
Buca di Beppo is a family restaurant - you share whatever you order. So go there when you are a party of 3+. The experience would be much better :-)
Favorite Dish: Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Chicken Marsala are two of my favorite dishes in Buca di Beppo!
St. Clair Broiler: Best Malt in the Twin Cities
reasonably priced place is just great if you want to dine in a typical American restaurant. And try their malts - St. Clair Broiler's especialty!
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Malt + Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich is the best combination in my opinion :-)
Pazzaluna: Urban Italian
This is an urban version of an Italian Tratorria. What makes this restaurant wonderful is the chef's counter, where you can sit and watch them prepare the food in the open kitchen.
The food here is innovative and excellent, though it can be slightly inconsistent at times. The service staff is well trained, but again subject to inconsistancy. On my last trip, I had a very personable and knowledable waiter, but did not see him from the time he delivered our salads to the time he came to check on desert. When our food arrived, the salad plates were not cleared, and no one checked on the quality of our meal.
This is not the normal level of service here, but it's not surprising to have experiences like this. The chef's table and overall quality of the food does keep bringing me back however.
Favorite Dish: My last trip there I had the Pan Seared Pork Chop stuffed with Proscitto and Parmesean. It is topped with a rich wild mushroom sauce, and is wonderful. I would suggest sitting at the counter, nibbling on a appetizer and watching some dishes go out before ordering to see what looks good that day.
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- Wine Tasting
W.A. Frost & Co.: Historic Setting, dining al fresco, and good beer
In a great location in the Ramsey Hill neighborhood, W.A. Frost & Co. is close to the Cathedral, the Hill Mansion, and Summit Avenue. It's menu offers salads, sandwiches and more substantial fare - more than doing justice to its delicious atmosphere. There's good karma in this place - the kind of vibe produced by a restaurant that is fulfilling its mission and pleasing its customers. Good local beers on tap. I was very happy to spend a couple of hours here working my way through the selections.
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- Beer Tasting
Rathskeller Cafe: Masterpiece within a masterpiece
I do not normally think of governing and rathskellers at the same time but perhaps I would if I had grown up in Minnesota. The local paper (The Star Tribune) describes the Capitol Building as palatial when the legislature is in session and an awesome space when the legislature is not in session. Regardless of the legislature's presence or absence one of the most unique aspects of this huge, magnificent structure is the Rathskeller Cafe in the basement. A part of Cass Gilbert's original plan for the building, the Rathskeller was allowed to lose much of its splendor during Prohibition and the wars against Germany during the last century. When I was last there it was little more than a cafe in an awesome room but in 2002, it's restoration was completed and I understand that it is again a place to eat where the food is okay but the atmosphere is truly remarkable. The German motif of the decor had been mostly painted over during WW I and then the temperance movement squelched the original restoration efforts but now there are many mottoes inscribed on the walls in German espousing the joy of the old country rathskeller and its conviviality. The most widely reported German to PC translation originally said, and now once again says, "Better to be tipsy than feverish," but during the 1930s, it said, "Temperance is a virtue of men," both in German, of course. The restoration involved the removal of 22 layers of paint. A lot of painting just to be politically correct.
Favorite Dish: Beer
- Historical Travel
Forepaugh's is a retreat! When you walk in, you instantly feel taken to a time where everything was rich (in decor and woodwork), where the bartender had your drink ready by the time you got to the bar, and where the waiters made sure they made every option sound fantastic. You will not be disappointed with your meal selection as everything is great. The dining area is romantically dimmed with a candle at each table. Instead of seating in one area, they make a point of seating you far from others (unless it's really packed). If your husband is talking your ears off, let your eyes take a trip- antiques are everywhere.
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Cossetta's: Bring a date here.
2 story building with food and groceries on the lower level and seating on the upper. Classic feel, great exterior, all made fresh before your eyes and then taken back to your seat. Bring a date, any girl who doesn't like this kind of place is no good.
Favorite Dish: Eat anything the pasta, the salad, the sandwiches, or the pizza; it's all fresh, easy, fast and classic!
Day By Day Cafe
I discovered this place many years ago, before it was a popular place to have breakfast after church. It was started by recovering users (hence the name, Day By Day) and many of the people they hire are those who are recovering from chemical dependancy.
The service is excellent and the quality of food is also excellent. I love this place and it's ambiance.
Favorite Dish: 2 eggs- over easy.
...with english muffin.
Fasika: Ethiopian food, YUM
My family recently went to Fasika and enjoyed a great meal with the traditional injera bread and some spicy meats and vegetables. If you've never had Ethiopian food, it's served on a large piece of spongy bread called injera. You eat the rest of the food with the injera, so there's no need for silverware. We had lamb, chicken and a couple vegetable dishes that were awesome. I hope you like it spicy.
The beer pictured here is Harar, an Ethiopian variety that has a slightly sweet taste and reminded me of Dixie Beer from New Orleans.
Caribou Coffee: The Midwest's Answer to Starbucks
Caribou is great. They all have the feel of a wintery log cabin. This is the 2nd largest specialty coffee chain in the USA - with over 160 stores nationwide (mostly in Midwest).
Favorite Dish: The Cool Lite White Berry - is the BEST drink in the world... but some Caribous don't know what you are talking about when you ask for one, and they'll try to make it up and give you something bad. On a cold day, the Carmel Hi Rise is something to die for!
Kim's Oriental Market: Best Asian Market in town
I'm in heaven every time I step into this market. I find everything I need to prepare a wonderful Asian meal!
They have Japanese, Chinese and Korean imported goods.
So if your in the area stop in and check it out!
Sakura: Sushi anyone?
I heard about this two story restaurant while serving Jury Duty at the courthouse around the corner.
I had lunch there and loved everything I ordered!
Favorite Dish: Had some Udon noodles and some steamed dumplings...loved it. Can't wait to go back!
Savoy Inn: A St. Paul Pizza Standard
There are a couple of locations, but the one that's best known is the Savoy Inn on 7th St. This place has one of the best pizza's in town. This place is usually packed, especially on weekends and at lunch. So definately call ahead if you want carry out.
This place is the furthest thing from the retread resteraunts like TGI's and Applebees. Everyone in there is relaxed and seems to have been going to Savoy's for decades. The waitresses are real and have a good time.
Favorite Dish: The pizza! It's thin style of pizza, but it's so loaded with toppings it's not a thin crust. The Savoy Special is the best, every topping, great sauce, and tons of cheese.