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MSP - What to eat between St Paul and Hudson?

We live in the North 'Burbs and our friend lives in Menomonie, and we're looking for a few places to eat somewhere between here and there, especially in St Paul. I'm not too sure what the far East Side and surrounding area have to offer. The East Side of SP, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Hudson...anything along that way is fair game.

Right now we're thinking Singapore Chinese Cuisine in Maplewood. If you have strong feelings about that place, please let me know!

We're not looking for anything fancy, just good, honest food. Burgers, pasta, Asian, whatever.

A few more suggestions would be great so we have ideas for the future.

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  1. Here's a thread about Maplewood/White Bear/Vadnais Heights you might find helpful. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490136 This area is definitely under-reported on here on chowhound so if you find a great place, please let us know!

    ~TDQ

    1. The Tea House is just off the highway and is marvelous.

      The Dari-ette (no places link, but it's on Minnehaha), if you haven't been there, is a must-- an old-fashioned drive-in with great burgers, Italian-American food (my fav is the Italiano, a sausage sandwich with red sauce and cheese), and ice cream.

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      Tea House
      1676 Suburban Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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      1. re: mtullius

        Places link for Dari-ette...

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        Dairy-Ette Drive In [SEE DARI-ETTE DRIVE IN]
        1440 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55106

        1. re: bob s

          Isn't the Reverned somebody-or-other doing BBQ in a storefront next to his church on E. Minnehaha? It was respectable and so were the sides, if I recall correctly. I haven't been there in 2-3 years.

          1. re: JimGrinsfelder

            Do you mean Pastor Hamilton?

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            Pastor Hamilton's Barbecue
            1150 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106

      2. Thanks! I didn't realize that there's a Tea House in that area. I love the one in Plymouth. Also thanks for the link to the other thread--I did some searches but couldn't find much and was having trouble narrowing it.

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        1. re: tasmonia

          There is a Tea House II--and it's fantastic. It's in the strip mall near'ish to Target. Actually, I think both of mtullius' suggestions are terrific as the Dari-ette is a lot of fun, too. I like their hot Italian sandwiches. Housemade sauce, housemade sausage patties. And, it comes with a side of spaghetti, if you choose. Very fun and challenging to eat in your car.

          ~TDQ

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I live in Woodbury and there is nothing here. If you like sushi there's a Sushi Tango and a new sushi place called Giapponese, which is actually pretty good. There's a new Japanese/sushi place called Akita that just opened. I've tried it twice and it wasn't good either time. We have a bunch of chains--Applebees, Fridays, Chili's, Champps and places like that. Plus every fast food place you can think of. There's a Sunsets, which I like and my two favorite places in town--Bonfire and Axel's. There are a couple Chinese places in town that a lot of people seem to like but the only two I care for are Chin's Asia Fresh, which is an off-shoot of Leann Chins and Pei Wei, which is an off-shoot of P.F. Changs. I might be forgetting a few places, but as you can see Woodbury is really lacking in the food department, which bugs me because I hate having to drive into St. Paul or Minneapolis to find some good meals.

            1. re: whoopdido

              Whoopdido---

              ---This might belong in a thread of it’s own, but I’d never heard of Chin’s Asia Fresh till I’d read your post. I’m curious--- Is it like LeAnn Chin except, you know... better?

              And where in Woodbury ? The only Minnesota location I see on their website is Minnetonka.....

              http://www.chins.com/index.html

              Thanks
              Uncle Ira

              1. re: Uncle Ira

                I don't know how familiar you are with Woodbury, but Chin's is located off the Woodbury Drive exit of 94 right by the Sam's Club. If you're less familiar with Woodbury I could give you some more detailed directions.

                I happen to like Chin's. I believe the difference between it and LeAnn Chin is that Chin's has Asian food rather than simply Chinese food. There are some Vietnamese dishes, some Thai and Mongolian things and some curry too. Aside from more variety I believe that it's better than LeAnn Chin. I'm not sure why it's not on their website because the Woodbury location has been there for years.

                1. re: whoopdido

                  Chins is now closed and replaced oddly enough with
                  Lee Ann Chins

                  1. re: mikemcg62

                    I just noticed that yesterday. When Uncle Ira said that the Woodbury location wasn't on the website I checked myself and was surprised to not see it there. I did think it was odd but I guess I just thought it was an oversight. I was there not too long ago, but I guess it wasn't super recently and saw no signs of things changing. The last time I went there must have been right before it closed. I stopped there yesterday hoping to get some food and saw Lee Ann Chin above the door. Needless to say I was shocked. Lee Ann Chin is ok, but I liked Chin's much better. Bummer.

                    1. re: whoopdido

                      I think Dinos across the street will be the next to go and
                      that to me would be a real bummer!
                      The sushi place over there seems to be going strong according
                      to coworkers, but I'm not a fresh bait person...LOL

        2. I think Singapore is closed (if we're talking about the same place - in the same strip mall as Marshall's and Savers). It was when we tried to go there a few months ago, anyway. Bummer, too - I really liked their curry.

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          1. re: ShinyCake

            Yes they are closed, but a new Asian Fusion place called Bambu has opened in the same location! They serve Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food.
            I have tried the ga xio xa ot (spicy chicken) very good and not as salty
            as I've had at other Vietnamese places. Also can say the Thai basil fried
            rice as well as the egg foo young and egg rolls are good!
            Heres their web site:
            http://www.bambuonline.com/

          2. I live in Hudson and there are several great places downtown off exit 1.
            If you want a great burger, fresh-cut fries, wonderful toasted cheese then you want Barker's Grill, which is right on the main drag.

            Across the street is San Pedro's which is a good restaurant with great pizzas cooked in a woodburning stove.

            A block up the road is the Winzer Stube, a great German restaurant. The woman who runs it is from Germany and she has her sausages made especially by RJ's meats, an award-winning butcher in Hudson.

            Go on down the road for a few miles and you'll come to North Hudson. Idaho Chucks has great bbq, steaks, ribs, etc.

            Or try Mama Mia's, which has great Italian.

            There are a few other restaurants in the area as well, but you can't really go wrong with any of the above.

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            1. re: ajax

              Bricks in Hudson has excellent neapolitan pizzas as well as nice salads.

              1. re: MSPD

                LOVE Bricks! Pizza made to Italy's V.P.N. standards. Cool thing about this place is that they donate portion - sorry can't remember % - of profits to Compassion Now for disadvantaged youths around the world. I like to give gift certificates to this place for X-Mas presents. Not to discard the food - the pizzas are fantastic - salads great and large enough to be shared. My favorites are the Mista Salad and Siciliana Pizza D.O.C.

                http://www.eatbricks.com/images/menu.pdf

              2. re: ajax

                I agree with ajax, San Pedro is probably one of my favorite places, they have a great patio in the back. It's good to know though, that it's really crowded inside so it's not a good place to bring kids or wheelchairs. Barkers is awesome bar food, great selection of taps. There's also another post on here for Bricks pizza, they are really good, great array of choices. I will say not to waste your time with Idaho Chucks, it's like Old Country Buffet with servers. And it's actually Mama Maria's, not Mama Mia's, but agian, ajax is right, the Italian is great. There are two places in Hudson that got missed. Pier 500 is right by the river, nice view, big patio. The food's good, the drinks are strong. There is also a new Mexican place in the strip mall by the bowling alley on the north side of 94. I can't remember the name but it's really similar to Aculpoco but a little cheaper. And the service it FAST. We got our food less then 5 minutes after our drinks.

                1. re: Stillwater Girl

                  Thank you, stillwater girl, ajax, and rp1760 re: the recommendations for Bricks and some of t hose other spots in Hudson. I don't make it over there often, (and maybe I will now that I know where the great chow is!), but it's great to know where the good spots are!

                  ~TDQ