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Feb 7, 2009 03:11 PM

MSP Take Out and Delivery

I recently moved from Minneapolis to St. Paul and have been seeking out good take out near Highland. Searching old boards, there didn't seem to be a list focused on take out or delivery for MSP.

Besides the Grocery Stores, BBQ and Pizza there is pretty slim pickings on this side of the river (and yes Minneapolis seems pretty weak in this regard too). Even good bad chinese seems to be hard to find.

Anybody have any hidden gems?

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  1. You're not wrong -- delivery in the Highland area is sadly, pretty weak. For good-bad Chinese food, I love China One on University -- but I doubt they deliver to Highland. Might be worth a shot, though.

    1. St. Paul Delivery has come up a couple of times... including this thread from last week that was for St. Paul Midway, which has some overlap with Highland Park. Lots of the threads I linked there might be helpful to you Otherwise, there hasn't been much change on the St. Paul delivery scene that I can think of except for the somewhat recent addition of Pizza Luce on Selby. Also, Cecils apparently delivers, though, I've never tried it. Also, Grand Shanghai for (not so great) Chinese, Kim Choy Hor on University for (in my not so recent experience) wildly inconsistent Cambodian and Chinese, and Hot City on West 7th for hot sandwiches. Chains like all the pizza places and Jimmy John's and Dino's. My favorite delivery pizza is Grandpa Tony's. Tea House II apparently has a 5 mile delivery radius, which almost gets you to Highland Park. I don't know if they stretch it. There's also a delivery service "Waiters at your Service"--I've never tried it.

      I don't know if New Asia in the Midway delivers to Highland. Also a possibility. I've never tried it.

      Here's a thread that could probably use some updating about St. Paul take out


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        New asia in midway is consistently mediocre typically greasy midwestern chinese food. not bad, per se, just not really craveworthy. when i first moved here for college from california, and realized i hadnt had chinese food in months, we ordered some and i experienced the kind of disappointment you get when you scratch an itch with a dull object that just doesnt cut it. that said, im also forever peeved that i once drunkenly ordered chow-mein expecting thin noodles with meats and veggies (because thats what that means in california) and what i got was a quart of glop and a container of rice - a whole different realm of disappointment. While were talking about new asia, i drive by all the time and noticed on a recent pass that they have sushi? anyone brave/crazy enough to have actually eaten it?

        1. re: tex.s.toast

          Sorry to hear about your New Asia disappointment. I've driven by many times and wondered. Can't comment on the sushi, but you know now that the places to dine in for good Chinese food in St. Paul are China Jen (on Snelling around Cty Rd B), Little Szechuan (University Ave) and Tea House II. I've had take-out from the first two and it seems to hold up fine. I've always dined in at Tea House II, so, I don't know how it holds up for take-out, but as I mentioned up thread, they apparently deliver within a 5 mile radius.


      2. Speaking of good bad Chinese, there seems to be a new place on Randolph, several blocks East of Hamline, Kim's. It looks like it has the potential to be good bad Chinese, or, perhaps, even good good Chinese. I don't know if they deliver.

        There's a place a couple of doors down from Izzy's, can't think of the name right now, that has decent bad Chinese for take-out, but I don't think they deliver.


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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          you know, i drive past that place all the time but i couldnt remember the name either for the life of me. some cursory googling lead to an ironic conclusion - that place is also called Kim's :

          i noticed yesterday as we were going by that they were advertising 50 wings for 16 bucks.

          is it possible that the rand-ham place and the marshall and cleveland place are related? what was in the space where the new Kim's is (at rand/ham)?

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            I'm afraid I'm going to be incredibly unhelpful here. I don't know if they are related, and I have no idea what was in the space that Kim's now occupies on Randolph (according to google that address is a Construction company...) But, I do know that Kathie Jenkins is complaining on her blog that they charge for chopsticks and fortune cookies.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              while they are one of my hometown's more popular culinary inventions, i dont really care for fortune cookies, so i suppose charging for them doesnt bother me (though it does make me wonder if the owners have ever been into another chinese restaurant).

              for that matter, i own chopsticks i like using just fine also, so i guess i could pass on paying for crappy take out chopsticks.

              did she say if they are charging for chop sticks if people eat in?

              1. re: tex.s.toast

                Fortune cookies are a guilty pleasure. They are best fresh, though, and that's hard to get.

                I got the impression that the charge for chopsticks was for take-out, but I could be wrong.


        2. Non Delivery - but an excellent option is Shish on Grand - near coffee news cafe and Italian Pie Shoppe.
          Call ahead for take out.

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          1. re: St Paul Susie

            SPS Good Tip- I went there last week and I will be back again. Love Greek, and they do a good job with it.

          2. I'm not terribly familiar with delivery in Highland--Jimmy John's is the only place I know of, but I do take-out from a few places in Highland. I like the Highland Cafe & Bakery for awesome momo's and curry (their sister restaurant, Himalayan, in Minneapolis is worth a special trip). I also like Punch, Noodles, the Nook, Highland Grill, and Chatterbox.

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            1. re: drew13000

              drew, what do you like at the Chatterbox pub? Despite multiple attempts, I've never had anything at the Highland location that I found to be decent. But, it's probably a year or so since I've tried it, so, perhaps they've improved? It would be great if they have, as that's an awesome location.

              Personally, I think the momos at Highland Cafe are actually better than the ones at Himalayan. I don't know why that might be, but I've found it to be the case. Note the Nepalese menu at Highland Cafe is very limited. The majority of their menu is standard American, but lots from scratch. The folks who run it worked for Key's for many years.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Actually, there's not all that much at the C-box that I love. Like you, I've also tried lots of things on the menu, and found most to fall short of their menu description. I order the turkey artichoke sandwich, the cheese curds, and the sweet potato fries. The pizzas are decent, but way overpriced. I know you're thinking, "Well, why did she recommend this place, then?" My friends always seem to love what they order here, so I always think it may just be my personal taste, or maybe I just haven't hit the right things on the menu. I agree that it's a great location, and I love the beer and atmosphere. I wish they'd get it right on the food. Maybe try not to be so creative.

                I love the full menu at Himalayan, and I wish the Highland location would add a few more nepalese entrees, because Highland is closer to me than Seward!

                1. re: drew13000

                  Thanks for the feedback, Drew, on Chatterbox. I was hoping things had improved or you had discovered a secret gem on their menu. I think St. Paul Susie said she found one thing that was okay (quesadillas, perhaps?) anyway, oh well. I totally agree with you that they hit on atmosphere (I'm not a beer drinker, so, I'll reserve judgment there), and I really wish they'd get the food right.

                  I, too, wish the Highland location would add a few more Nepalese items! I wonder how much of it they sell? And, if they'd sell more if they added more, because they'd draw more of a crowd for whom it appeals.


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I agree, TDQ, about the momos at the Highland Cafe being better than their Himalaya site ones. The Highland Cafe is perfect for my husband and I. he's a deeply, deeply picky eater (mixed marriage) while I cannot stand breakfast food (which he loves). We also have a three year old. Our dining out options are limited. So there you go. Thanks for reminding me about the Highland Cafe.

                    1. re: The Dairy Queen

                      Had a good experience on Chatterbox breakfast buffet! Asked the waiter for a few things that were to relax and play a game...very yummy!

                      1. re: stepawayfromthetable

                        Would you mind sharing with us what you recommend off the breakfast buffet at Chatterbox and what you like about it? (And is it the St. Paul or Minneapolis location to which you're preferring?)


                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Wow, It's been awhile since I checked on this post. Sorry DQ! I enjoyed the hash, the french toast, the fresh fruit and the veggie quiche. coffee good too! I'll be a better chow poster!