Dntwn St. Paul tomato and mozzerella sandwich, anyone know a good place?
I work downtown at Minnesota Street and 4th Street E, Saint Paul, MN 55101
I have been living in Boston for a while and REALLY miss Al's State Street Cafe where I'd pop over for one of their deliciously simple and cheap "Lady's Specials" on fresh warm bread. From their menu: "Fresh mozzarella, sweet plum tomatoes, and hearty basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar". I've been having such a craving for that type of sandwich in Minnesota. Does anyone know where I can find it? I'd like something close by my office that I can walk to and bring back.
Al's State Street Cafe
110 State St, Boston, MA 02109
Oh, I hope someone can help you, because it sounds delicious, but I have to say, this is a very hard time of year to get decent tomatoes in MN. :( They are all those flavorless, hard ones they bring in from warmer climates. I t hink you're going to have much better luck in summer when the locally grown stuff is available and restaurants want to feature tomatoes.
I know this won't help you much with your downtown St. Paul request, but I like the hand-pulled mozzarella at Jakeeno's in Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. When I was getting a dozen tomatoes a week from my CSA this summer and the basil was going nuts in my garden, I made frequent trips to Jakeeno's for mozzarella. Their sandwiches are pretty good, too, though I don't recall if they had a simple tomato sandwich. THey also have another (their original) location in MPLS outside of Midtown Global Market, but I haven't been there.
The closest I can think of is the fresh mozzarella wrap sandwich at Macy's - the cafeteria place on the 3rd floor. It has fresh mozz balls, grape tomatoes, field greens, pesto, pinenuts, and I think yellow peppers too. Not really the same as what you're looking for at all. . . but it might at least hint at what you miss, and it is within walking distance. You could ask them to hold the greens, pinenuts, and peppers if you wanted.
411 Cedar St, St Paul, MN
Yeah, I think you're going to have to hop in the car to get what you're craving.
My suggestion is to zip down 35E to Buon Giorno deli. They have a lovely roasted vegetable sandwich that has a soft white cheese in it - not sure if it's mozzarella or goat cheese, but it's delicious. They have fabulous bread and top-quality olive oil, too.
I'm including a link to Buon Giorno Express, which is almost downtown, just in case the place is still there. I've lost track.
And Cossetta's is downtown, but I don't know if they do sandwiches. (If they do, they're probably loaded with meat and sliced cheese.) But they sell bread, mozzarella, and oil, so you could make your own.
Buon Giorno Express
335 University Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55130
981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118
Cossetta Italian Market-Pizzeria
211 7th St, W St Paul, MN
Thanks so much for all the responses! I am amazed to get so many good suggestions. As for driving, well, the longer I go without my Lady's Special, the better driving starts to look. So I've told myself that I'm going to try all the places you've suggested, maybe saving Broder's for the weekend. As for making it myself, apparently I lack the talent as I've tried and tried and it never seems quite right...
Thanks so much! What a helpful community!