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?
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.
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...
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.
771 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
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.
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.
1720 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
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.