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rschwim Apr 17, 2010 07:36 PM

I'll have a few days and would love to know what I must try--I'm open to anything but I'm mostly interested in local specialities... however common or unusual.

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    karykat Apr 18, 2010 09:03 AM

    \Welcome to St. Paul.

    A few thoughts:

    First, Heartland. Excellent food, all local and organic, in a restful setting. If you want something lighter, there are great choices in the adjacent wine bar. Definitely "local specialties." http://www.heartlandrestaurant.com/

    Next, Brasa. Slow cooked rotisseried chicken, pork and beef. Interesting southern sides (collards, yams with andouille, cornbread). Menu emphasizes the local and organic. This is on Grand Avenue, a good place for a stroll after dinner. http://www.brasa.us/menus_eat.aspx

    Izzy's for great ice cream cones. http://www.izzysicecream.com/

    The Day by Day cafe for great breakfasts. http://www.daybyday.com/

    128 cafe. A small cafe with great baby back ribs. A small menu that changes daily. http://128cafe.net/menu.htm

    Other thoughts?

    (Listmates -- I was having trouble adding the links for these via the site. Not sure if it's not working or just me.)

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    1. re: karykat
      karykat Apr 18, 2010 09:29 AM

      I forgot the obvious.

      If you want to try local specialties . . . . you need to think about some good asian food.

      This is home to many Vietnamese, Hmong and others.

      Lots of small asian places on University Avenue.

      One place we really like is Ngon Vietnamese Bistro. KInd of Vietnamese French. Everything very fresh. We like the pho there. Local special meats and a great local beer list. http://www.ngonbistro.com/

      Also, there's the great barbeque place on weekends on the avenue. Help me out with that, listmates.

      Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
      799 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      1. re: karykat
        The Dairy Queen Apr 18, 2010 12:57 PM

        Big Daddy's BBQ? http://bigdaddysbbq-stpaul.com/

        (Great list, btw



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      FishTales Apr 18, 2010 01:04 PM

      It's been a couple of years since we left MN, but Tavern on Grand


      had -the- best friend walleye we'd ever tasted. Walleye is a fresh-water fish found in many of the 10,000+ lakes. If you like Guinness, theirs was always good.


      1. mtullius Apr 18, 2010 01:12 PM

        Can you clarify that you're interested only in St. Paul, and not Minneapolis?

        If that's the case, I'd second Brasa and Ngon, and Heartland for that matter (though Heartland is more of a fine dining option; the other two are casual and relatively cheap)/

        Another of our favorite spots is The Strip Club, a meat and fish place in the style of an old speakeasy. Excellent local, grassfed beef and generally slightly innovative takes on classic cuisine.

        You also might consider the Dari-ette, a classic Midwestern drive-in with typical drivein fare as well as Italian-American stuff and great soft serve.

        And of course there's Mickey's Diner downtown, a classic divey dining car which has been open 24 hours a day, every day, since the 40s. Opinions are divided here at Chowhound on the food, though I consider it good diner food.

        Mickey's Diner
        36 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

        The Strip Club
        378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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