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Looking for Comfort Food

Matronix Oct 25, 2010 02:42 PM

I'm looking for a place that serves some good comfort food. Preferably in St. Paul, but Minneapolis could work too. And when I say comfort food I mean things along the lines of pot roast or chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes... things like that. Any suggestions?

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  1. AnneInMpls RE: Matronix Oct 25, 2010 04:17 PM

    Cheeky Monkey does a very nice pot roast. I really like their meatloaf, too. They don't have mashed potatoes, though.

    And, of course, there's always Keys for a turkey dinner. It's a step down from Cheeky Monkey in quality, but a big increase in quantity. Order one dinner and you'll have enough mashed potatoes for a family.


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      steve_in_stpaul RE: Matronix Oct 25, 2010 05:02 PM

      Further up the scale from Cheeky Monkey is the Lexington. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.the-lexington.com/Menu.aspx?Type=DinnerMenu&Title=Dinner%20Menu . It lists some of what you asked for. The St. Clair Broiler also would be a candidate. Their menu is here (links to PDF): http://www.stclairbroiler.com/stclair...

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        Bobannon RE: steve_in_stpaul Oct 26, 2010 03:06 PM

        I've had the family dinner at the Lexington and it's really very good.

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        Minnesotan RE: Matronix Oct 25, 2010 05:39 PM

        keyes cafe is awesome & has great comfort food! Also doolittles in eagan is really good.

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          Brad Ballinger RE: Matronix Oct 26, 2010 07:24 AM

          If meatloaf also counts as comfort food, Highland Grill. The Lexington (mentioned already) does a pretty good job with pot pie. Crossing the river, Modern Cafe in NE Mpls probably has the largest reputation for updated versions of classic comfort food dishes.

          Highland Grill
          771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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            Maggie19 RE: Brad Ballinger Oct 26, 2010 07:36 AM

            Thumbs up for the Modern Cafe in NE... Pot Roast, Meat Loaf, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, mushroom sauce, and the best half chicken (brined) that I've had in years....Excellent wine and beer selection.

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              Diana_mn RE: Maggie19 Oct 26, 2010 12:45 PM

              Big agreement on the Modern Cafe. When I think "comfort food" that's always the first place that comes to mind.

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            BigE RE: Matronix Oct 26, 2010 07:27 AM

            The hot turkey at McGovern's is pretty darn good comfort food.

            I'd also consider Brasa to be comfort food.

            For whatever reason, I absolutely LOVE going to the downtown Mickey's in the winter. To me, that's comfort food.

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              ssioff RE: Matronix Oct 26, 2010 03:12 PM

              The Little Oven.

              Little Oven
              1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

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                jaltstatt RE: ssioff Oct 27, 2010 08:18 AM

                I agree- The Little Oven!

                Little Oven
                1786 Minnehaha Ave E, Saint Paul, MN 55119

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                KristinT013 RE: Matronix Oct 26, 2010 06:59 PM

                For really downscale, check out Milda's cafe, just west of downtown Minneapolis on Glenwood. Try to get there on a day they sell pasties (MWF), if that's your thing! I also dig the hot turkey sandwich: Slice of toast, pile of roast turkey, scoop of mashed potatoes, all smothered with gravy.

                Milda's Cafe
                1720 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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                  jenniegirl RE: KristinT013 Oct 26, 2010 11:03 PM

                  In Brooklyn Park the 50's grill is great for comfort food. Love the chicken pot pie and the pie in general!

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                    Bobannon RE: jenniegirl Oct 27, 2010 08:39 AM

                    I agree 50's Grill is great. Everything is homemade, including bread and desserts. And real mashed potatoes. But it's in Brooklyn Center, not Brooklyn Park.

                    Brooklyn Center Restaurant
                    5637 Brooklyn Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55429

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                    MSPD RE: KristinT013 Oct 27, 2010 08:03 AM

                    Great recommendation. I tend to forget about this place now that I don't work nearby anymore. I frequently recommend similar foods (without the pasties) at Emily's F&M in north Minneapolis and Wally's Roast Beef (lunch only) in Bloomington.

                  3. mamachef RE: Matronix Oct 27, 2010 01:51 AM

                    In St. Paul, The Lexington turns out delicious and well-prepared foods. There are things that aren't listed on the menu, so ask your server about those choices. Down on W. 7th, heading towards downtown St. Paul, there's a restaurant called Van's, and they serve enormous portions of really decent food as well. Or, across the street and down the way a bit, Chad's for pit-cooked beef or open-flame steaks. Yummy with a wedge salad; they use really good blue cheese.

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                      steve_in_stpaul RE: mamachef Oct 27, 2010 06:33 PM

                      mamachef, I've lived just off West 7th for the last eight years and I can't think of any restaurant called Van's or Chad's??? East 7th maybe?

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