St. Paul budget-friendly suggestions needed
I will be in St. Paul in 2 weeks for business over a weekend. I am looking to take out an author for dinner at least once. And my colleague and I are on a paultry per diem. We'll be staying by the Excel Center and although we have a car, would prefer not to drive too far. Would love unique places--no chains, prefer no bar food--and need restaurants with vegetarian options. I have read some on here about Kyber Pass, Barbary Fig, and Babani's but not all reviews are recent nor consistent. Any recent experience with these places? Thanks in advance!
For downtown St. Paul, all walkable:
I second Tanpopo. http://tanpoporestaurant.com/
Also, Babani's is great, but only the "original" location on St. Peter. Not the location on West 7th (dreadful).
You can eat pretty cheaply at Meritage for lunch if you get a sandwich. http://www.meritage-stpaul.com/pdf/lunch_july_09.pdf
Bulldog is a bar.
I guess Barrio is a bar, it's a tequila bar, but it's pretty high-end. You can eat pretty inexpensively for lunch. http://www.barriotequila.com/
If you don't mind driving a little:
Khyber Pass is fine, not amazing. I'd rather steer you to Everest on Grand, which is a wee bit closer for you anyway. http://www.everestongrand.com/
I agree Cheeky Monkey is a good choice for sandwiches. http://www.cheekymonkeydeli.com/
But, if it were me, honestly, and I were willing to drive, I'd head to University Avenue to Ngon Bistro http://www.ngonbistro.com/menu.html or Saigon (super affordable) or even Cafe BonXai.