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Apr 8, 2007 12:17 PM

Twin Cities Malt Shot/Soda Fountain

Does anyone know of a good malt shop / soda fountain restaurant in the Twin Cities other than The Malt Shop and Snuffy's? Thanks.

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  1. Convention Grill in Minneapolis or Andy's in St. Paul (or the new little one in the Global Market in Minneapolis), maybe?

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    1. re: libby mae

      Alas, Andy's in Saint Paul closed a few months ago......

      1. re: Uncle Ira

        The mini Andy's Garage in Midtown Global Market is still open.

        I recommend the Convention Grill. The malts are great, the burger are good, and the french fries are world-class.


    2. Snuffy's Malt Shop on Larpenteur in Roseville - a good burger and a GREAT malt

      1. Not at all a restaurant, and I am not sure if they have malt/shake capacity, but the St. Paul Corner Drug on the corner of Snelling and St. Clair has an old fashioned soda fountain. Real cherry coke and phosphates.

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        1. re: jbanana

          Hey, that's so cool! I will have to check that out!


          1. re: jbanana

            That reminds me -- the St. Clair Broiler in St. Paul does a good job with soda fountain standards, including burgers and the like. The "flameburger" neon sign is a treat, too.

            1. re: Jordan

              I don't mean to be in such a contrary mood lately: I've always wanted to love the St. Claire Broiler, but I've usually been disappointed by the food there (can't comment on the soda fountain drinks there, though, as I've never tried them) and I just can't justify the always long wait. For jucy or cajun lucys and burgers, you'd be better off going just down the street from the St. Claire Broiler to the Groveland Tap.


              Or, down St. Clair to the wine bar at Heartland restaurant for a brat:


              Or, of course, the Nook on Hamline at Randolph for jucy lucys or Lodge Burger.


              None of these places do malted & shakes as far as I know, though.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                My experience at St. Clair has been good -- not great, but good.

                1. re: Jordan

                  I gotta say the St. Clair is always FINE by me, but it's overpriced for what it is. Nothing special....the Sysco stuff they fry up in the back etc. The markup always gets to me.

          2. Annie's Parlor in Dinkytown has great malts, a great view, and some seriously good french fries.

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            1. re: AGallagh

              I could not agree more. I spent many an afternoon or evening at Annie's when I was at the U. Absolutely love their fries, malts and burgers.

              1. re: AGallagh

                Ooh and the best grilled cheese sandwich in town, too! Gosh, I have an almost irresistible urge to go there now.

                1. re: MplsM ary

                  Good call on those grilled cheese! With the smoked cheddar and a malt...Lactose heaven.

                  What is the name of the malt shop in Edina? It's in a strip mall and has a mural or celbrities from the 50s on the wall and red & white stripes all over the place. I know you can get a lime ricky and egg creams there...

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    Are you thinking of the Convention Grille? It's about 100ft from Mpls at France and Sunnyside Av.

                    1. re: mnitchals

                      It's not Convention Grill. This is a malt shoppe. No booze, giant mural. Staffed by high school students.

                        1. re: mnitchals

                          The part with all the snooty people. ;)

                          Not sure. Went there after a meeting in Edina once. It's in a strip mall in an out of the way area. It might technically be in Hopkins or Richfield or something. Its in an otherwise out of the way place, but if you find it, it is good. It might have Malt Shop in the name.

                            1. re: Jordan

                              Red and white, malt shop in the title, location in Edina, photo of location in strip mall. WE HAVE A WINNER! Thank's Jordan.

                              1. re: Foureyes137

                                note that is the place referred to by the original poster..:)

                                  1. re: faith

                                    Oh, I noticed. Had I known that was the name, perhaps it would have mattered. Glad to know I wasn't nuts.

                2. Uncle Frankie's just added a location in Plymouth (on 55 just west of 169) - with the same menu as the Nordeast Original. (Great Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, burgers, etc.)

                  I don't remember seeing Malts at the original (but they very well may be there) - but they definately have them at the new location in Plymouth.

                  If the original has Malts (call and ask!) then that would be right at the top of my list. If not, the new location is pretty good too - everything is still a bit too shiny to have the atmosphere of the original, but they'll get there.