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Jul 10, 2007 12:29 PM

MSP Liver and Onions

Any recommendations on where I can get some good liver and onions? Thanks.

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  1. Auugh, the search function is failing me. There was a similar discussion way back in the foggy mists of time, but too long ago to come up as a result.

    I seem to remember one tidbit that The Lexington in St. Paul has it but it's not on the menu. Without a thread to verify that, it might be worth calling to find out.
    1096 Grand Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    Phone: (651) 222-5878

    1. Hmmm...Google turns up three places I've never heard of. Do these restaurants even exist any more?

      And Continental Pantry-- Is this place even open any more?

      And the Monte Carlo Bar and Cafe.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Curran's definitely still exists - I live very close to there. I've never been but noticed that the parking lot was packed this Sunday.

        1. re: katebauer

          Interesting. I swear I saw it at Mancini's in St. Paul recently, but it's not on their online menu that I could see. I certainly have never tried it there...


          1. re: katebauer

            I would steer people away from Curran's. Food service, pre-made stuff. I ordered the hash once - it was right out of the can. It's a lot like a Perkins. Some of the menu items are homier than Perkins, but the preparation style is the same.

            If you are really jonesing for liver, and that's all that comes up, it might hit the spot for you. Otherwise, I'd say steer clear.

            Curran's Family Restaurant
            4201 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            I was going to suggest the Monte Carlo, but hesitated because it was many years ago that I was there and ate, for the first and last time in my life, liver and onions. The people I was with said it was a great rendition. It was good enough to make me momentarily forget all the bad olfactory associations from childhood I've retained for the dish. But caveat omnivore...that was, as I said, seven or more years ago.

            I think the Continental Pantry (which was run by a fascinating couple of men, who I think served as the inspiration for one of Jonis Agee's short stories) is now the Glockenspiel Restaurant, on the corner of West 7th and Michigan.

          3. You can't get good liver/onions/bacon in these towns. You have to go to Pandls in Milwaukee to get the great stuff (grilled). Do what I do - when my wife is out of town on business, I just make it myself, and it is wonderful.

            1. I don't know why I'm doing this - I detest liver....

              Places mentioned so far:

              Lexington Restaurant
              1096 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

              Mancinis Char House
              531 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

              Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe
              219 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

              Pandl's In Bayside
              8825 N Lake Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53217

              1. It been a while since I’ve been there, but the Cherokee Sirloin Room on Smith just across from downtown St. Paul used to do a great liver and onions. Nice thick cut piece of liver, cooked to your doneness. I just checked their web site and i don’t see it on the menu, but it might be worth a call. Maybe they have it as a special. Let us know if you find someplace you like. I love liver, even when it’s overcooked they way most places seem to do it. And when you can find a nice piece cooked medium or medium rare..... Heaven.

                Uncle Ira