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Looking for Comfort Food

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. 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.


    1. Further up the scale from Cheeky Monkey is the Lexington. Here's a link to their menu: http://www.the-lexington.com/Menu.asp... . 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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      1. re: steve_in_stpaul

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            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.

            1. re: Maggie19

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

          2. 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.

            1. The Little Oven.

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

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              1. re: ssioff

                I agree- The Little Oven!

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

              2. 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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                1. re: KristinT013

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

                  1. re: jenniegirl

                    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

                  2. re: KristinT013

                    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. 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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                    1. re: mamachef

                      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?