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Has anyone here eaten at Isaac's Cafe in Maplewood?

John E. May 13, 2010 05:48 PM

I had lunch there today and Kathie Jenkins of the Pioneer Press is right, this place is good. I too am not particularly fond of the high tables with high stools kind of seating, but the food is terrific.

Isaac's is a salad, soup and sandwich place and the food is good and priced reasonable as well. I had the pork loin sandwich with prosciutto and fontina with fries. It was all good. My friend had the Reuben and was equally pleased. We were in the area and decided to stop in for a late lunch.

I only wish it was more convenient for frequent return visits. If any of you live, work or drive through that part of Maplewood, give it a try, I'm sure you'll be pleased as well.

(I sound like I'm shilling for the place. In a way I am. I would like to see them thrive as opposed to another Applebee's or TGIFriday's).

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Isaac's Cafe
2251 Larpenteur Ave E Suite A * Maplewood, Maplewood, MN 55109

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    semanticantics Jun 8, 2010 07:16 AM

    Stopped in yesterday with my mom. I ordered the portobello mushroom sandwich with fries, and mom got the pesto chicken sandwich with fruit.

    The portion of fries was generous, and they looked fantastic. And they were. I really enjoyed them. They had a nice crunchy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. The portobello sandwich was solid, but not go out of your way good. The roasted red pepper wasn't really noticeable, and the arugula, again generously portioned, may have been too generous. I thought the sandwich was needing cheese or a sauce, or both, to really stand out. The bun it was served on had a nice texture and taste. I appreciate the vegetarian option in an otherwise meat-centric establishment, and it was a nice value for the money and certainly filled me up.

    Mom liked her pesto chicken sandwich. She didn't say a lot, and ate the whole thing, so I'd assume that's a good sign.

     
     
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      steve_in_stpaul May 19, 2010 05:35 PM

      I had a late day at work and no evening plans, so I stopped at Isaac's on the way home. I had the po' boy and really enjoyed it. The shrimp were generous in amount and absolutely greaseless. The tomatoes (both on the sandwich and in the side salad) weren't quite "out of the garden" but they were fresh and red and not tasteless. The lettuce in the salad ws more than just iceberg. I liked the tartar sauce with the flavored coating to the shrimp, and the ranch dressing on the salad was okay, though I'm not sure I would have pegged it for homemade.

      All things considered, though, I was much happier when I left and that's a good thing. It also was good to see maybe 10 people come in to eat while I was there. I would like to see this place succeed. It's the best thing that's happened to that corner in years.

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        mikemcg62 May 19, 2010 06:31 PM

        I've only had the Dijon honey mustard vinaigrette on the side salad that comes with
        the sandwiches, I started getting that because the pasta salad was doing nothing
        for me, but your right his salads are much more than just iceberg.
        I must say that the shrimp po boy that I waited a long time to try was a big disappointment,
        especially the size, just go to Google images and put in shrimp po boy to see what I mean.
        I was much more impressed by the Pork loin and Reuben plus a few that aren't on
        the menu that he sells as specials.

      2. Davydd May 17, 2010 04:52 PM

        Specials or not, they have some interesting sandwiches.

        http://www.isaacscafe.com/6152.html

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          mikemcg62 May 18, 2010 01:17 PM

          He started the specials again, yesterday it was grilled ham and cheese, today is:

          TODAY'S SANDWICH SPECIAL: Barbecue Beef (sliced beef, caramelized onions and barbecue sauce on a bun with a side (5/18/10)

          TODAY'S SOUP: French Onion (5/18/10)

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          liney714 May 14, 2010 08:46 AM

          I love the place. The Shrimp poor boy is wonderful as well as the bread pudding. We had a group of 6 and everything is awesome. its a gem and everyone should try it

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            mikemcg62 May 17, 2010 05:37 AM

            If you live or work in the area another good soup and sandwich place is Pastrami Tommy's
            in Oakdale, they also serve breakfast and I can attest that the Omelets and Pastrami
            hash are pretty good! And they at one time said they would deliver anywhere in the Twin Cities.

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            Pastrami Tommy's
            1091 Geneva Avenue North, Oakdale, MN 55128

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            mikemcg62 May 14, 2010 03:03 AM

            Yes John I live just down the road and have been there many times.
            I am kind of bummed recently because he stopped his sandwich specials,
            none that you can find on the main menu.
            I know that he makes all his own sauces and salad dressings and during
            lent he had a fish and chip special with his own tartar sauce.
            I think my favorite sandwich special was the buffalo chicken with hot sauce, melted cheese, lettuce and tomato and blue cheese.
            His rueben is also very good!

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