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Obbs Restaurant - St. Paul

MN Hick Chowhound Jul 8, 2006 01:12 AM

Anyone with an opinion or info on Obbs Restaurant in St. Paul?

  1. bluesman13 Jul 31, 2006 08:14 PM

    >>I cruised by the place and was not impressed but hey, it's not like I'm gonna eat the building. I'll give it a shot and report back. Hopefully I won't get knifed or shot.
    <<
    So, MN Hick Chowhound, can we assume that your health is intact after your visit, or have you not made it there yet?

    :-)

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    1. re: bluesman13
      MN Hick Chowhound Aug 14, 2006 12:25 AM

      You know it's not like me to procratinate on any eating experience but I have now driven by the place 3 times (it's out of the way to do so) and have not stopped (Deputy Houndette is not impressed with the place but on the last pass-by she did express some interest). I noticed they do lunch so I think we will try it in broad daylight. I'll report back...

      1. re: MN Hick Chowhound
        MN Hick Chowhound Aug 21, 2006 05:41 PM

        Okay, Houndette and I gave it a try for lunch. It's a much nicer place than I envisioned from the outside. Very clean and orderly. Service was very friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. Houndette tried the 1/3 pound burger and fries and wasn't impressed. I on the other hand had the hot turkey sandwich. A generous amount of thick slices of home roasted breat of turkey on white bread with lots of homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. Nice creamy coleslaw on the side. I was impressed! They also have a nice outside patio in the back (it was threatening rain the day we visited). I would definitely go back.

    2. d
      Dragon Jul 26, 2006 04:25 PM

      I stopped by for Hot Dago and a beer and to catch a Twins game, it being a sports bar and all.

      The Hot Dago was very good, the sausage was spicy in that not-too-spicy Minnesota kind of way, seasoned aggresively with dried oregano and thyme and the red sauce was very good...a plain, unassuming ragu. It came with pepporocini on top and the bread was soft and creamy on tbe inside and appropriately crunchy on the outside. Mmmmm...I love Hot Dagos.

      The Paulaner was a single tap of HefeWeizen and the rest of the beer were major brands...not even a Summit to be spotted. So, consequently, I drank crappy beer at the bar and watched the game. The place was super friendly and the staff and bartenders were on the spot with the next beer and the food.

      I will say that Obb's, as well as many of it's patrons, were a bit rough around the edges...this was definitely the East Side of St. Paul as opposed to say Uptown, Minneapolis. That being said, I prefer a place that has a more down-home, dare I say chowish, atmosphere.

      I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to return, but it seems like a decent neighborhood spot, and I'd be there often if I lived closer. And, note to MSPD, I do plan on stopping by the next time I bike the St. Paul Grand Rounds...it seems like a great reward for climbing the Mounds Park hill...

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      1. re: Dragon
        MN Hick Chowhound Jul 31, 2006 12:57 AM

        Thanks for the update!

      2. MN Hick Chowhound Jul 20, 2006 07:37 PM

        My wife and I met one of their waitstaff while dining (shall I say chowing down) at Nacho Mama's in Stillwater. We were waiting for Nacho Mama's to open for dinner (35 minutes late). She mentioned that they (Obbs) have really good blueplate specials like "hot roast beef and homemade mashed potatoes", etc. and that their steaks are very good. I cruised by the place and was not impressed but hey, it's not like I'm gonna eat the building. I'll give it a shot and report back. Hopefully I won't get knifed or shot.

        1. MplsM ary Jul 11, 2006 04:00 AM

          I always like looking at menus so I was perusing Obbs' and lookie here:
          Deep Fried Dummies $6.95

          That brings to mind so many unappetizing possibilities.

          1. d
            Dragon Jul 10, 2006 10:26 PM

            Thye do, however, seem to have Paulaner on tap, and a Hot Dago sandwich...sounds like it might be worth a trip. Report soon....

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              Uncle Ira Jul 9, 2006 03:36 PM

              I have to say, I'd never heard of it till this post either... But I found their web page:

              http://www.obbsbar.com/index.htm

              Turns out it's only about 10 minutes away from me. Not sure if it looks like someplace I need to try though. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's been there.

              Uncle Ira

              1. k
                kcmarshall Jul 9, 2006 03:07 PM

                I haven't ever been there -- or even heard of it until you posted. [I guess the closest I've ever been would be pedaling past during the St. Paul Classic but it's towards the top of a hill and I'm generally suffering too much to notice my surroundings.]

                I see it's listed as a Sports Bar and Grill -- which could be good but often isn't...

                What do you know about it and how did you find Obbs?

                Kevin

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