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MSP: Chatterbox Pub

sarah.j.morrison Nov 20, 2008 02:45 PM

Has anyone tried their food? We stopped in for a beer and some gaming the other day. Their microbrews were surprisingly decent and the old living room furniture with atari and NES is really fun. Their menu looks really interesting with lots of unique twists on favorites. Feedback?

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    St Paul Susie RE: tex.s.toast Nov 20, 2008 06:01 PM

    Go for the games and food. Eat elsewhere - We've tried a lot to like it (our kids adore the old school atari) but its overpriced and just not good at all.

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      StPauliGirl RE: St Paul Susie Nov 21, 2008 07:10 AM

      I agree with St Paul Susie. The food isn't that great. My specific problem is with the sandwiches/burgers. They use really hard artisinal bread (instead of buns), which I find hard to bite into. Or it cuts the roof of my mouth. Or the sandwich falls apart.

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        drew13000 RE: St Paul Susie Nov 21, 2008 07:16 AM

        I agree. I love the beer selection, the atmosphere, but the food really falls short. The menu looks really promising, sounds creative, but I can't think of one thing that I've ever ordered that made me happy. And the prices are ridiculous. It's not unusual to pay $14 for a sandwich and fries or $20 for a "gourmet" pizza. I'm willing to pay $14 for a burger at Vincent's; the Chatterbox doesn't compare.

        As an added bonus, if you're visiting the Minneapolis location, you always leave smelling like grease.

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          diesel RE: St Paul Susie Nov 24, 2008 01:44 PM


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          MayrMN RE: sarah.j.morrison Nov 24, 2008 07:51 AM

          One more vote for "don't eat the food". Just not worth it.

          If you must, the apps are 'ok'.

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            Brad Ballinger RE: sarah.j.morrison Nov 24, 2008 02:02 PM

            Piling on...Drink and play. Eat beforehand. Hate the fries.

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              amandapio RE: sarah.j.morrison Nov 29, 2008 09:14 AM

              not to be the voice of unreason, but if you're at the st. paul chatterbox and you're having a beverage and playing some scrabble, i would say that it is at least worth it to try an appetizer or two.

              i will say that their more "creative" dishes are best left alone, but if you're looking for some spinach artichoke dip to fortify your nintendo-ing, there are worse places you could go.

              except the minneapolis location...i'll agree that the joint on that side of the river leaves one smelling like they climbed out from the bottom of the fryer.

              1. bob s RE: sarah.j.morrison Nov 29, 2008 04:49 PM

                As long as this topic is up and about, has anyone tried the third new location in Linden Hills? It's in the old Cafe Bicko (older Green Mill) space at 4501 France.

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