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Midway restaurants?

I'll be attending a U in the Midway area next year. Any recommendations? I generally prefer ethnic over Americana, but if it's good, it's good!

Also, are there any sort of co-op/local/organic/awesome markets I should know about?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm a little confused because Midway is a St. Paul neighborhood that's a few miles away from what most of us call "the U" (the University of MN), but there are a few colleges that are in the MIdway neighborhood (Concordia and Hamline). When we say "the U" we usually mean UMN's Minneapolis campus, which is in Stadium Village and Dinkytown neighborhoods of Mpls, or UMN's campus, which is in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul.

    Tell us which college/campus you'll be at and we'll hook you up with some recs, dearie.

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    1. re: diesel

      Ah, sorry! I'll be going to Hamline, not the U of M. Should have been more clear about that.

    2. Ahaa. In that case, here's what I've got for you:

      For "ethnic" - we have a lot of great Vietnamese places right along University Ave. My faves are Saigon for banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and Trieu Chau for pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). Even closer to the Hamline campus is Mirror of Korea, which I haven't been to for years (Korean isn't my most favorite cuisine) but others seem to praise quite often (and it was among the better Korean I've had in the metro area). There's also a good Ethiopian place on Snelling near Universtity called Fasika. A lot of people like Black Sea (a Turkish place) but I haven't been too overwhelmed on my three visits there.

      As far as co-op, local, and organic markets, you might have to branch out a bit - Midway doesn't really have much of that.

      You could try to bike or drive to the satellite St. Paul Farmer's Market location at St. Thomas More church (Summit and Lexington Ave.) on Friday afternoons, or just hit the main St. Paul Farmer's market on Sat or Sun. The St. Paul farmer's market is pretty unique in that all products must be produced within a certain radius of the city (I dont' remember off hand what that radius is, somewhere around 50 miles I think). There are fruit, veggie, meat, cheese, honey, flower, and other vendors there. http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com/

      Other co-op/local/organic/awesome markets will require a bit of travel too (nothing a bus pass, a bike, or five to ten minutes in a car won't take care of).

      Saigon Restaurant & Bakery
      704 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
      510 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      Mirror of Korea
      761 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

      Trieu Chau Restaurant
      500 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

      Black Sea Restaurant
      737 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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      1. re: diesel

        Oh, fantastic, thanks! I'll definitely be saving this! I love pho and I've always wanted to try bahn mi so this is perfect.

      2. I'd also put in votes for Cheng Heng (Cambodian food), Mai Village (Vietnamese, but it's a very pretty room and they also serve dim sum which some seem to consider pretty good), Hickory Hut (barbeque and chicken wings), and, for at least a little while, Big Daddy's (also bbq).

        There is a band of Asian food markets along University Avenue, each seemingly with their own specialty (prepared foods, produce, Filipino foods, etc.) and lots of fun to explore. Both the Cub and Rainbow supermarkets in Midway have "natural foods" sections, but he choices pale in comparison to a real co-op. The closest co-op to you probably will be Hampden Park, on Raymond. Small independent coop, but it fills the bill.


        Cheng Heng Restaurant
        448 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

        Mai Village
        394 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

        The Hickory Hut
        647 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

        1. Bangkok Thai Deli is another Asian gem on University, down near Dale St.

          Mississippi Market isn't far from "MIdway", it's on Selby / Dale, and Selby is about 8 blocks south of University. There is also a Whole Foods on Grand and Fairview (a mile south of University).

          1. On University, just 1/2 block west of Snelling Avenue is Bonxai. Asian and Asian fusion. I like the fireside steak dish (more of a salad).


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            1. re: Brad Ballinger

              Oh, and everyone gushes about Ngon Bistro, a French / Vietnamese twist, that still has some traditional selections. I've never been, it's too meat-centric for my vegginess.

            2. hampden park co-op recently expanded and so it's not as teeny as it used to be, mississippi market is about the same distance. there are also very decent asian grocery stores on uni, of note is a shuang hur location around university and dale. there is also a farmer's market (primarily hmong vendors) on university in a parking lot in the summers. . . crud not sure of days/hours. feel like i'm being less than helpful, here, sorry!

              1. I just started a new job in Midway this spring and have had the pleasure of eating my way down University Avenue. I must second the Ngon recommendation, of course, for a dining experience unique in the twin cities.

                I also really love Que Nha, on University and Victoria. I can't seem to get enough of their spicy stir fried goat. Really fantastic

                Que Nha
                849 University Ave W Ste 101, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                1. Olea -I live in that area (by there and Como) and most of the suggestions are pretty good. On University, definitely head to Ngon Bistro sometime. Very good.

                  You will have access to the 84 bus which runs along Snelling. Grocery stores, Mississippi Market is good, I prefer Kowalski's over Whole Foods for grocery shopping. Kim's on Snelling is good for oriental goods (string of good markets), the 84 can connect with the 21, which brings you to DT St Paul where the Farmer's Market is.

                  I'm not a fan of Mai Village, but like I said, there is Ngon Bistro, there is Big Daddy's BBQ, there is BonXai, there is a pretty decent italian restaurant on University (Cafe Biaggi), great burger joint The Nook (I dont know if a bus would go down there) with jucy lucy's, Blue Door Pub (Fairview/Selby), Mirror of Korea (Snelling), India House on Grand, Grand Old Creamery, St Paul Bagelry, etc.

                  Mirror of Korea
                  761 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                  St Paul Bagelry
                  1702 Lexington Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113

                  Mai Village
                  394 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103

                  The Blue Door Pub
                  1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                  Snelling Cafe
                  638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                  India House
                  758 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

                  1. Just southeast of Hamline (south on Snelling to Univeresity, east on University to Dale) is an Asian farmer's mkt on Fri ans Sat, and I *think* Thurs as well. It's held in the parking lot of the Asian grocery store, in what's called Uni/Dale Plaza.

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                    1. re: green56

                      yes! that's the market i was thinking of in my post above, but couldn't think of hours. thanks.

                      1. re: green56

                        I believe the grocery store is Sun Foods.