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.
Back in the fifties it used to be a hang out for people looking to drag race, and it even had waitresses on rollerskates. After a 20 year closing, Porky's is back. If you are looking for cheap and tasty food, and watching classic cars in the summer, Porky's is the place to go.
Favorite Dish: Cheeseburger Platter (1 cheeseburger topped with an onion ring, fries, coleslaw, and sometimes a cookie)
Porky's lies on University Ave, which used to be the main drag strip back in the day. Porky's used to be a drive in diner where the dragsters would park and girls in roller skates would bring the food. Unfortunately there are no girls on skates, but the food is cheap and good, and on summer nights cars flock to the parking lot to show off. It's definately a mst see when the car show at the State Fair is in town.
Favorite Dish: The hand cut and dipped onion rings are an ultimate. They're thick, greasy, and salty...just the way they should be.
Cheng Heng is a small, inexpensive and most importantly GREAT Cambodian restaurant that I recently found on University Avenue in St. Paul. I ate here for lunch and was not disappointed! You can eat here for $5-8 per dish! I highly recommend it.
Mancinis Char House is excellent. We had supper there one evening with my wife's two sisters.
Big baskets of wonderful grilled bread for every table. I could have made a meal of just the bread it was so good.
Favorite Dish: Big juicey melt in your mouth steaks.
The Taste of Minnesota.Technically, this is not restaurant, but it is a good place to sample what kinds of things are available in local restaurants. Each year, around the 4th of July, various food vendors gather for this festival which features not only food, but free music (this years lineup included: Blondie, Earth, Wind and Fire, Shawn Mullins, etc.) and free fireworks evernight shot above the Capitol Dome in St. Paul. Next year, I think they are moving the site to Harriet Island Park, which is nice also.
This picture is from the fireworks on the 4th of July. The Capitol dome is on the left.
Favorite Dish: Deep fried cheese curds. They are an upper Midwest tradition!
This diner is the real deal. The food is greasy and the service is bad but if you want to experience a real diner and have good food to boot then this is the place to be! Located right downtown, it's always busy and sometimes hard to get a booth but in my opinion it's worth the effort.
(Photo by Patrick Leonhardt)
Favorite Dish: patty melt, hash browns, and chocolate malt
This place is good. Good prices, great burgers, even better ice cream. Classic style. Locally owned - great to stop in and check out!
All your coffee requirements, plus a variety of light bites for lunch and dinner. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. Very collegiate. Just down the street from Ruminator Books.
Mickey's Diner is a landmark in St. Paul. Open 24 hours a day and it's just cool to eat in this very old diner.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast. Bacon and eggs.
Located close to the Excel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, it is always busy. It is an Italian market/deli, with great atmosphere and food.
Favorite Dish: Pizza
I think the venue speaks for itself.
Favorite Dish: Diner food. You know, basic stuff like chili, ham and cheese, hamburgers, etc.
The Lexington Restaurant on Grand Ave.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant has a great reputation and is often frequented by local big-wigs and visiting celebrities.
Here is another picture in case you are like me and like to know what the inside of a restaurant looks like before going inside...
BTW we never did eat here but the food looked and smelled yummy.
We found this place perfectly located for a few delicious beers before the Wild hockey game. (2 blocks south of the Xcel Energy Center)
Favorite Dish: beers!