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Lowertown/Mears Park - St. Paul, MN Suggestions

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Traveller33 May 14, 2007 06:19 PM

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!

  1. diesel May 15, 2007 09:28 AM

    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: http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/

    Tanpopo is the best resto in the immediate vicinity, and Christo's in Union Depot (http://www.christos.com/christos.html) 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
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      Traveller33 May 16, 2007 04:37 PM

      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
        mcgeary May 16, 2007 05:59 PM

        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.

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/373381#2314237
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360737#2193188
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37334...

    2. AnneInMpls May 14, 2007 06:49 PM

      Tanpopo!

      http://www.tanpoporestaurant.com/

      Anne

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      1. re: AnneInMpls
        AnneInMpls May 14, 2007 06:54 PM

        P.S. That was a little terse, wasn't it? Here are some more verbose comments on Tanpopo:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/124758

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/373381#2315799

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34570...

        Anne

        1. re: AnneInMpls
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          soupkitten May 16, 2007 09:23 AM

          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)

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