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Feb 25, 2008 07:51 AM

Dntwn St. Paul tomato and mozzerella sandwich, anyone know a good place?

Hi all,

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

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  1. 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.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      It is such a flavorful sandwich that is deceptively simple. I say deceptively because even when I use all the same ingredients, it NEVER turns out the way I want. Thanks for the tip! I haven't heard about Jakeeno's, I'll try it this weekend!


    2. The best one I've had is at Broder's, but that isn't at all convenient to where you work. Their South Jersey Hoagie is also a "best of breed" in the Twin Cities:

      Broders Cucina Italiana
      2308 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

      1. 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.

        Good luck!

        411 Cedar St, St Paul, MN

        1. 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

          I Nonni
          981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

          Cossetta Italian Market-Pizzeria
          211 7th St, W St Paul, MN

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          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Cossetta is a great recommendation, Anne! They have wonderful fresh mozzarella there and fantastic breads. I'll bet their deli would whip up a sandwich for Sar upon request...and, you can't go wrong with Buon Giorno, though, yes, Sar would have to drive.


          2. I would also recommend giving Buon Giorno Market - Lilydale a shot as well if the ones closer to your office don't work out.

            I Nonni
            981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118