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May 14, 2007 06:19 PM

Lowertown/Mears Park - St. Paul, MN Suggestions

I'll be spending summer in the Lowertown/Mears Park area of St. Paul, MN and would appreciation suggestions for restaurants, markets, and take-out that are within easy walking distance (or a short bus ride). Thanks!

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      1. re: AnneInMpls

        tanpopo tanpopo tanpopo!!!

        avoid loto, that place is terrible. can't unrec it more.

        the black dog cafe has some good breakfast items and good coffee and a beer/wine list. has some sandwiches i haven't tried, a hummus plate that was okay but a little pricey for the quality imo.

        st paul farmer's market is a block away from mears park and the best place to get your fresh groceries (sat and sun am)

    1. Lucky you - you'll be right on top of the St. Paul farmer's market, which runs Saturdays and Sundays (and a limited number of vendors are there Fridays too, as I recall). All produce is locally grown - here's the website for more info:

      Tanpopo is the best resto in the immediate vicinity, and Christo's in Union Depot ( is also a good bet that's right in the area.

      What do you consider a short bus ride?

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      1. re: diesel

        Thanks so much for your suggestions. Tanpopo sounds like just the kind of place I love. I can't wait to try it. I'll check out Christo's & The Black Dog, too.

        It's good to know that the farmer's market is in the neighborhood because it seems like I may need to eat-in more than I usually do, but with great locally grown ingredients that may be a good thing!

        P.S. I'd consider a short bus ride to be about 15 minutes one-way. Does that increase my options at all? Thanks again!

        1. re: Traveller33

          Hop on a westbound 16 bus at 6th and Minnesota, and a whole new world will open up to you 15 minutes later: the delights of University Avenue. There are loads of Asian restaurants and some other gems as well. Here are a few threads to get you started.