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Jun 1, 2007 09:00 AM

Picnic to-go in St. Paul area?

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.

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  1. Great question! I can't wait to read the answers. One that occurs to me is Swede Hollow Cafe in St. Paul. Trotters Cafe on Cleveland near Marshall has them, too, but I've never tried one: Maybe Nelsons?


    1. 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

        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?


        1. re: MariQ

          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

            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.

            1. re: Jordan

              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

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