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Dec 12, 2007 04:15 PM

MSP: Just moved to St. Louis Park

Hey y'all

I'm a chowhound from Chicago. Just moved to the St. Louis Park neighborhood outside Minneapolis and am looking for recommendations. Let me know of any good local favorites, whether it is fancy and formal or quick and simple.


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  1. Welcome.

    Instead of getting into specifics right away, I'll help you with a broader frame of reference. If you do a search, you'll find a few things in St. Louis Park. I also recommend doing a search for Golden Valley (the community just to the north). When I started working there at the end of the summer, I started a thread and got a huge response with a number of great recommendations. Include Robbinsdale (just north of Golden Valley), Ridgedale (a mall just west on 394), and Plymouth (west of Golden Valley). All of these are minutes away from St. Louis Park and will yield a number of recent threads.

    To the south is Edina. There are a number of excellent places to eat there as well. You are in a good spot and also have easy access to downtown.

    Now...for a couple specifics, I would immediately send you over to Tea House in Plymouth for Szechuan. If you're missing Chicago beef, Uncle Frankie's (also in Plymouth) is one of two places in MSP that gets them right. The Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley is a popular, newish breakfast and lunch place. I've discovered their burgers and fries are among the best in MSP. Yum, in St. Louis Park itself is a good upscale lunch place (excellent tuna salad sandwich). Patisserie Margo just off Highway 100 and 50th (Edina I believe) does a good job with French bakery basics (surprise with a name like that, eh?). In the "50th and France" area in Edina, there are a host of places to check out. Broders Pasta Bar is a favorite with Chowhounds and non-hounds alike. Very busy. There's a nice cheese shop there and a number of boutique non-food shops. Just north (44th and France) is...drum roll...France 44. It's a large, and very nice wine shop. They also have a good selection of cheeses and now have a cafe, which I haven't tried and I haven't heard a single thing about. It looks pleasant when I've walked through it to get to the cheese.

    Hopefully that'll get you going and inspire others to chime in. Particularly in the neighborhood surrounding Trader Joe's in SLP. I'm less familiar with that stretch.

    Let us know what you find as well.

    1. Welcome to the Twin Cities!

      It looks like MSPD has a good list although, to be honest, I don't think I've actually eaten at most of the places recommended.

      Remember, too, that (as you may know) you're pretty close to the Uptown area as well. Lots of choices there and it's about 10-15 minutes from Hwy 100.

      Here are some recent threads for your viewing pleasure that may give you a lay of the land:

      St. Louis Park ideas?:
      MSP - Golden Valley, MN [the thread MSPD recommended]:
      Looking for takeout in St. Louis Park, Edina, Ridgedale, Eden Prairies areas in Minneapolis:

      1. You are also 4 or 5 miles from the Warehouse District and East Hennepin, with a host of dining options.

        1. Let's try that again. Depending on where in SLP you are, it's about 4 or 5 miles and about 10 minutes to the Warehouse District on 394. These places have all been raved about in one thread or another over the past year or so, and are all within 2-3 blocks of where 394 ends at 4th Street and at Washington Ave.

          Welcome, and we hope you report on your discoveries here!

          Saffron Restaurant & Lounge
          123 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Sapor Cafe-Bar
          428 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          30 N 1st St Ste 1, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          251 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Cafe Brenda
          300 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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

          112 Eatery
          112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          D'Amico Cucina
          100 N 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Koyi Sushi
          122 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
          415 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Bewiched Deli
          800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Cafe Havana
          119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          Sam's Washington Ave Wine Shop [CLOSED 2009]
          218 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

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          1. re: Loren3

            I'm shocked that Runyon's isn't on your list.

            1. re: MSPD

              It crossed my mind. Runyon's is probably my fave local - emphasis on local. It was my study hall in grad school, and when I can stroll or bike over for some buffalo shrimp and a summit, I do so, which it at least once a week. But then I thought: would I drive from SLP for it? Not necessarily. In that sense, it's like the Town Talk. If I lived in that 'hood, I would go there often. But it's not worth driving across town for. I would hope SLP has a similarly good local that DukeFan can frequent.

              107 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          2. Thanh Do is right off Minnetonka Boulevard in SLP near Texa-Tonka. I used to live in one of the tiny ticky-tack houses across the street. Back then, the restaurant was Kowloon, a horrible old-school chow-mein restaurant (albeit with wonderful elaborate colorful Chinese woodwork).

            Years after I moved away, young Thom Pham bought the place, gutted it, and turned it into Thanh Do, a charming fusiony asian restaurant with all his cute Scandihoovian adoptive sisters running the place with him. This was the first outpost of what seems to be turning out to be a little Twin Cities restaurant/nightclub empire for the enormously talented and driven Thom. (That cool Kowloon woodwork later got incorporated into his Azia restaurant in the back area by the restrooms).

            So, Thom has moved onto bigger projects and he has turned over Thanh Do to his family. Its been a couple years since I've tried it. Let us know how they're doing if you go there.

            Thanh Do
            3005 Utah Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

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            1. re: EarlOfSandwich

              My family is addicted to Milios Subs at 3814 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

              Also Turtle Bread Company a few blocks closer to Lake Harriet

              Finally for breakfast
              Zumbro Cafe
              2803 W 43rd St.

              1. re: ccer

                Thanks so much for the recommendation. I tried Thand Do the other night and it was pretty good. not as spicy as I'd like, i know next time i will ask for more spice.

                some of you guys asked where in SLP i live. our new place is on the west side by Lake Cobblecrest.

                1. re: DukeFan

                  Lake Cobblecrest? Then Thanh Do is right in your neighborhood, along with whatever is in the Texa-Tonka strip mall these days. Seems that there have been a succession of different Indian places in the last few years. Also, there is a concentration of Russian immigrants in the neighborhood, so it seems there was at least a grocery if not a restaurant catering to them. Do post what you find out if you try anything there.

                  I am also curious about stuff in Knollwood Mall. I think that there is a Mexican place. Haven't tried anything there. I don't have very high hopes, but you nevr know where you'll uncover a gem. You can be the guinea pig!

                  Another one you will want to try is Wagner's Drive In on Highway 7, but I think that it's closed for the winter.

                  Wagner's Drive In
                  3712 Quebec Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426