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St Paul, France 44 cheese and sandwiches

http://france44.blogspot.com/

Right near Dunn's and breadsmith...Snelling and Grand

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  1. I've been at the Edina store's deli. But not for a good while. What kind of sandwiches do they make and what do you recommend?

    (Assuming they'll probably do the same here in St. Paul.)

    1. Soft opening today!! 1573 Grand Ave. Don't expect the world ... they're still stocking up. But they do have tasty sandwiches and Ben the cheesemonger is quite helpful.

      1. Just checked it out! It looks quite good - they have lots of great cheeses and chocolates and other deli type items like pastas, olive oils, vinegars, jams etc. They were still setting up when I stopped by but the staff said they will be ready to go by this weekend. They did not have prices on anything yet but they also said they will be making fresh sandwiches starting soon.

        1. Fresh sandwiches have started.

          I swung in on Monday (they were closed, I was wearing my best "I love cheese" smile) and picked up some pre made chicken salad & some gazpacho and cheese & was pleased with all my purchases.

          Looking forward to sandwiches on my next visit.

          1. You have to wonder what this will do to the Golden Fig's sales.

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            1. re: cheeseguysgirl

              I think the two stores are different enough - there arent that many non-cheese offerings at the new F44 and cheese is only some of what the golden fig does, plus the cheese selection at the golden fig is pretty much exclusively local (or midwestern at least) whereas F44 has a more global scope.

              As an additional note, the funny round brownies under the glass dome are supremely delicious.

              1. re: tex.s.toast

                Tex, I hope you're right. Personally, I think people who shop at Golden Fig are 1) people who live in the neighborhood and can walk to it easily and 2) people who love it so much they are willing to drive across town, then hassle with parking etc. to shop there.

                I think the new cheese shop is far enough away to not compete with the walkers. Presumably the people who love Golden Fig will continue to love Golden Fig, for the reasons Tex mentions above. I think the new cheese shop will get all the Mac kids and lots of people who drive by on Snelling.

                ~TDQ

                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Honestly I don't shop at the golden fig - I've tried a few times and its the type of place that I should be drawn too - I need to try it again. Maybe I was on a quest for something specific?

                  I am going to grab sandwiches tomorrow at the new place. I'll report back.
                  SPS

                  1. re: St Paul Susie

                    Neither do I, Susie (shop at Golden Fig). I was at their shop on the first Saturday the were open http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3172..., and have been back a couple of times, but I just find it too much of a pain to shop and park on that part Grand Avenue. That's lazy of me, I know, but I guess I have other sources for many of the things they carry. It's fantastic that Golden Fig has those things all in one place, for sure, but, like I said, people who love it, I'm sure will continue to shop there.

                    ~TDQ