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Picnic to-go in St. Paul area?

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jtroberts Jun 1, 2007 09:00 AM

Can anybody recommend a place that I can order a complete picnic dinner to go in the Twin Cities? I know about Byerlys and places like that, but I was hoping someone might recommend a small local business that I don't know about that could put together an interesting, high quality picnic (ideally packed with plates, cups, etc.) that I could order in advance, pick up, and go.

  1. MariQ Jun 3, 2007 05:51 PM

    My first suggestion is Buon Giorno - their slection of deli meats, cheese's, prepared salads, etc, is great - more than once i had memorable picnics with food from there. I'm pretty sure they can provide plates/cups too, but it's worth checking anyway.
    The other one that comes to mind, also on the Italian theme, is Cossetta's - again, had a picnic with some take out from them a while ago and it was pretty good (but it was a while ago...)

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    1. re: MariQ
      The Dairy Queen Jun 4, 2007 05:29 AM

      Buon Giorno is great--that's the one in Lilydale, right? I had heard there was one in St. Paul at one time, is it still open?

      ~TDQ

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        faith Jun 4, 2007 07:40 AM

        Looks like Buon Giorno is still open, here's a link http://www.buongiornoexpress.com/

      2. re: MariQ
        Sven Jun 4, 2007 10:46 AM

        Buon Giorno would have been my suggestion as well. Either St. Paul or Lilydale would be great but I know for sure that the Lilydale location will stuff the cannoli to order. I'm not sure about St. Paul. Either way they are a mighty fine compliment to any picnic lunch.

        1. re: Sven
          Jordan Jun 4, 2007 04:53 PM

          I bet Cafe Latte would put one together for you. They have a nice assortment of cold salads, sandwich fixins', and, of course, fabulous cakes and tortes.

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            KTFoley Jun 4, 2007 10:08 PM

            Please do call ahead for Cafe Latte -- the menu might be workable but their cafeteria-style line might not be up to the challenge.

            1. re: KTFoley
              Jordan Jun 5, 2007 04:58 AM

              Yes, I'd definitely call ahead and pre-order. I'd think it's best to call at an off-peak time, too.

      3. The Dairy Queen Jun 1, 2007 09:05 AM

        Great question! I can't wait to read the answers. One that occurs to me is Swede Hollow Cafe in St. Paul. http://www.swedehollowcafe.com/ Trotters Cafe on Cleveland near Marshall has them, too, but I've never tried one: http://www.trotters-stpaul.com/lunchbox.htm Maybe Nelsons? http://www.nelsoncheese.net/

        ~TDQ

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