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Comfort Food Go-To's

I don't know about the rest of you, but there are many days I feel more like having something safe and familiar more than something new and exotic. I love new and exotic, but not every day.

My mom made killer lasagna, a pan of which may have weighed ten pounds. I still swoon. She has long ago stopped cooking so I no longer have that to fall back on. Now I find that when I need a lasagna hit, I go to La Grolla. Mind you, I loathe the place for everything else. But I will go there twice a year for my lasagna della nonna fix.

Where do you go when what you want is some favorite thing from your youth and you're not prepared to cook it yourself?

Cheers,

Huagung

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La Grolla
452 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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  1. I'll admit that we're suckers for the Malt Shop, partly because it is from my youth. I used to think I was very fancy ordering the oriental chicken pita (it's still called that).

    We also roasted duck on special occasions, and Erte's version reminds me of that. Their sauce always brings out the sweetness in the duck.

    Any place that serves a good Gyros. There was a place on University by Cafe Biaggio that was great, but I think it's closed.

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    Erte
    323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

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    1. re: kevin47

      Yeah, that was Spiros. What a loss for University Ave. I now have to travel northeast for my Middle Eastern/ Med. fare. I also like to get a great roasted chicken from Costco. Just like childhood memories for me, and 5 servings for 5 dollars, a bargain to boot.

      1. re: kevin47

        Spiros closed, but you can get good gyros at Caspian Bistro on University - 5 minutes west of Cafe Biaggio.

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        Caspian Bistro
        2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      2. Russian Tea House on University in St. Paul immediately comes to mind. Borscht, pierogis, cabbage rolls, whatever. I'm always compelled to jump over the counter and hug the couple that work there.

        Hot open-faced sandwiches (meatloaf, turkey, etc). Places like Wally's Roast Beef in Bloomington.

        Good, old fashioned truck stop style breakfasts. Since I live in the south metro, the Windmill Cafe on 13 in Savage is my go-to place.

        I find the bacon, egg, and cheddar on biscuit at Colossal Cafe tremendously comforting. One of those keeps me full for somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 hours. It's a great breakfast just prior to solo repaving a few miles of interstate or building your own skyscraper.

        Now I find myself wanting to pore through old posts re: meatloaf sandwiches. For some reason, I'm drawing a blank even though I know I've posted many good ones on here. I'm getting old.

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        1. re: MSPD

          I'll confess I was at Cossetta's the other night for some of their ricotta/red sauce rigatoni, a piece of toasty buttery garlic bread and a cannoli..........

          1. re: faith

            That is one of the best comfort food combinations and only Cossetta's fills that void for me.

        2. What about Pearson's restaurant in Edina on West 50th for Swedish meatballs, wild rice chicken casserole, or homemade chicken pot pie.

          I'm not sure about these. It's been eons since I've been there with family members. So I'm just throwing this out to see what others think. But the menu is just filled with comfort food.

          (There was some thought last year that they might close so a Walgreens could be built on the site, but it seems to be open.)

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          1. re: karykat

            Pork in Spicy Scezchuan Broth at Little Szachuan. Banh Mi from Trung Nam. The Paul Molitor from The Nook.

            1. re: Fudist

              You can get the turkey dinner from the Lexington in St. Paul to go. That was my treat after the marathon last year when I was to tired to leave the house!

              1. re: dahlsk

                I was thinking of the Lexington too. In addition to more substantial entrees they have things like chicken pot pie, shrimp cocktail and beef stroganoff.