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Jul 16, 2008 08:20 PM

MSP Dinner Near Fitzgerald Theatre?

We're headed to a concert at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul and are in search of some restaurant recommendation nearby (preferably walking distance). We're up for good Indian or Thai if there's some nearby, but the priority is really just good food in a reasonably casual atmosphere with reasonable prices (say, $15 entrees).


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  1. I have not been there since it reopened, but given your request for Thai, Ruam Mit seems the logical choice. I believe that this incarnation has gotten decent reviews. (Here's a recent review from James Norton that appeared in City Pages:


    Ruam Mit Thai Cafe
    475 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    1. If you're interested in trying something a bit unusual, there's a Kurdish restaurant called Babani's on St. Peter at 10th Street. I haven't been in a few years, but when I worked downtown I used to go for lunch to have the flatbread with feta cheese and the dowjic soup (a lemony chicken-yogurt soup that's just lovely). I also remember some good eggplant dishes, meat-stuffed fried dumplings, excellent tabbouleh, and chicken with potatoes and lemon. The food has a Middle Eastern tinge, obviously, but it's unique in the Twin Cities. Casual atmosphere, reasonable prices. I think you'd enjoy the adventure.

      1. Places link for Babani's:

        Babani's Kurdish Restaurant
        544 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

        1. If you are OK with Japanese, I'd give Fuji Ya a look. It's less than a block away from the Fitzgerald, on 7th and Wabasha.

          Fuji Ya
          465 Wabasha St, Saint Paul, MN 55109

          1. Ruam Mit Thai is good. I like their Laab a lot. Also for Thai, a new Sawatdee opened near by, but I prefer Ruam Mit for food. Sawatdee is much better for atmosphere.

            Fuji Ya in St. Paul is great. They also have a great happy hour if you will be in there before 7:00 on a weeknight. I think it is the best sushi in the Twin Cities. They also have some great entrees in your price range.

            Also as previously mentioned, Babani's is really good. If you have never been there, I would suggest them for you meal. Everything said above is true, and more.

            Also in the area is Keys Cafe. Blah.