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pizza puffs and itailan beef (St. Paul, MN)

sassy momma Apr 27, 2008 11:10 AM

i am in st paul minnesota and me and me friend have been trying to find a place that has them and we can find them anywhere and that is a craving that i am having since i am pregnant also so can someone tell me where i can find them

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    JimGrinsfelder Jul 15, 2008 08:43 PM

    There is or was a place on Selby, just east of Dale that did Chicago-style Italian Beef sandwiches. They were ok.

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      sassy momma Jul 14, 2008 11:11 AM

      i tried a italian beef form chris and robs and it was ok i have had better by me being form chicago and all but since i have been in minnesota i have been dissapointed but i am going to keep looking

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        joemauerguy Jun 27, 2008 01:02 PM

        Pappy's on Maryland and White Bear in St.Paul has good Italian beef

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          seahag Jun 11, 2008 10:21 PM

          I have to tell you that if you want a tasty italian beef, the closest place to get one is in Chicago, IL. I have lived here for 20 years and have yet to find one that even approaches mediocre. It is like searching for the Holy Grail here...they just do not get it. And yes I have been to Uncle Franky's and Chris & Rob's (and before when it was Joey D's) :(

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          1. re: seahag
            MSPD Jun 12, 2008 05:05 PM

            Maybe a little more detail on what your style preference is as Italian beef varies even in Chicago? What do you like in general and what didn't you like about Uncle Franky's?

            Also, have you tried Brianno's in Eagan? If you don't like Uncle Franky's, you might like Brianno's. Both the beef and rolls are higher quality. Whether or not it's a great Italian beef by the standards of your most beloved Chicago place, it's a darned good sandwich. You definitely won't feel like you've wasted your money or effort trekking out there.

            (Oh...and, yeah...I realize we've strayed from the old OP which asked for St. Paul)

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              Jordan Jun 13, 2008 05:00 AM

              My problem with Uncle Franky's was that when I asked for "sweet" (peppers), they gave me chopped peppers and onions. No. That's just not done.

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                seahag Jun 13, 2008 07:03 AM

                I have not tried Brianno's...thanks for the tip!

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              karykat Jun 11, 2008 09:05 PM

              Are pizza puffs a Chicago thing? They seem to be turning up (with exceptions) at the places that also do other Chicago food.

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                vero82 Jun 11, 2008 08:11 PM

                You can get a pizza puff in burnsville at Papa T's. I am from Chicago and I was happy to find them here in Minnesota!!!

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                  jbanana Apr 30, 2008 07:59 PM

                  in minneapolis:
                  -the southside food and deli on chicago ave and 33rd st advertises both pizza puffs and italian beef, its a corner store with a deli inside.
                  -A & J's chicken and fish on lake and 7th ave (i think,,,) also has both.
                  -broadway ave, between lyndale and irving on the northside, has several deli-type eateries that might have them. one is called olympic cafe, but i can't remember any of the other ones.

                  closer to you in st. paul:
                  -a taste of chicago - someone posted about a serious italian beef sandwich at this place a while back and i can't find the post. it is (or was) located in the midway shopping center at university and snelling.
                  -also, there is an A & J's knockoff (called J &J's maybe?) on university ave between fry and aldine that might have 'em too.

                  apologies for such a vague post, devoid of good directions or even recommendations - i haven't eaten at any of these places, i just remember seeing the items on the menu. why is it that i can remember this kind of stuff but can never find my keys?

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                  1. re: jbanana
                    Uncle Ira May 1, 2008 12:35 PM


                    The place in midway is called Slice of Chicago. There was some talk about it in the thread about Chris and Rob's...


                    I didn't have a very good experience there and it's sounds like I'm not alone....

                    Just a heads up for what it's worth.

                    Uncle Ira

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                      jbanana May 1, 2008 06:41 PM

                      very good to know. personal experience far outweighs random suggestions.
                      cheers j

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                    pgokey Apr 30, 2008 04:02 AM

                    The pizza puffs at Psycho Suzi's are terrific, and worth the drive.

                    Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden
                    2519 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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                      cheeseguysgirl Apr 30, 2008 08:17 AM

                      I would respectfully disagree. They're okay-- homogenous cheese and pepperoni-flavored sauce in a wonton wrapper. I would have preferred some more texture- bits of beef or actual pepperoni. Not terrible, but not worth the drive. Now the pigs in blankets and the fried asparagus? Worth the drive.

                    2. MSPD Apr 28, 2008 07:37 AM

                      The Oasis Market in Eagan, just west of 35E on Lone Oak Rd, used to have pizza puffs at lunchtime every day. I changed jobs in September and have only been once since (and didn't notice if they had pizza puffs) so I can't verify if they're still there.

                      1. Jordan Apr 27, 2008 12:12 PM

                        I'm not sure about pizza puffs, but you can get a Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich at a few places in Minneapolis. There's Uncle Franky's in NE Mpls and Chris & Rob's in south Mpls.

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                          soupkitten Apr 28, 2008 10:18 AM

                          chris & rob's just opened a new location on west 7th in st paul, so that's a closer bet for the op.

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                            sullysully Apr 29, 2008 10:36 AM

                            They also have pizza puffs at Chris and Rob's.

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                              soupkitten Apr 29, 2008 10:42 AM

                              okay, i give up, my curiosity is *painful* at this point-- forgive my ignorance, but wtf is a pizza puff???!!! :)

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                                MplsM ary Apr 29, 2008 03:52 PM

                                They are little pizza pockets. That description doesn't do them justice. To get an idea, you can get them "right from your grocer's freezer!" in the form of Totino's Pizza Rolls. That's the idea though of course I don't really recommend you try the bastardized frozen version.

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                                  soupkitten Apr 29, 2008 04:19 PM

                                  oh, okay. i'll make a point to try them if i see them on a menu. do places like chris & rob's make these from scratch, i wonder? import them from chicago, perhaps? hmm. interesting.

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                                    jenniegirl Apr 29, 2008 06:15 PM

                                    Yesterday I stopped in at Chris and Rob's to try an Italian Beef. I was out of cash, and they only took cash (maybe checks too, but I had left my checkbook at home...) I said I would come back, and they told me it was on them! That was a nice surprise. I had never had an Italian Beef, and I liked it the first three bites before the bread got all soggy. Is that supposed to happen? It was also kind of salty for my taste.

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                                      Jordan Apr 29, 2008 07:15 PM

                                      Yes, that's the way it's supposed to be. The bread is soaked in the beef au jus.

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                                    churchka Apr 29, 2008 08:27 PM

                                    OMG, I love Totino's Pizza Rolls. I must try these.

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