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St. Paul Monday Night Dinner: Downtown, Selby, Grand?

reidmc May 15, 2011 08:32 PM

Okay. . .

I have a group of four needing dinner in St. Paul this Monday night.

One of the party has real difficulty hearing in loud-ish, noisy dining rooms, which are a downtown St. Paul specialty. Another is a picky eater. (Everyone in the group is over 60, but no way are we going to the Lexington.)

My first choice was Meritage - closed Monday evenings
My second: Sakura, but Japanese doesn't work for one of the group
Choice #3. . .Heartland, but too foodie for two of the crew.

Dining rooms at St. Paul Grill, Kincaid's and Pazzaluna are too loud, and I'm not crazy about the last two anyway. Black Sheep Pizza too casual etc etc etc.

So any thoughts about nice, good food, only moderate din, and open Monday nights?
Faces? (never been there), W.A. Frost? ( I eat in the bar twice a month; haven't been in the dining room for five years), Moscow on the Hill? Mancini's? The Strip Club?

360 St. Peter St, St. Paul, MN 55101

410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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  1. mtullius RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 06:05 AM

    The Strip Club is, alas, also closed on Monday. I think W.A. Frost is a perfectly good option-- I was pleasantly surprised by the food the last time we were there. Cheeky Monkey might also work-- it's a deli during the day but turns into a table service "bistro" at night.

    The Strip Club
    378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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      tex.s.toast RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 06:41 AM

      Is Brasa possibly too down-scale or loud for your group?

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        KTFoley RE: tex.s.toast May 16, 2011 09:08 AM

        I love Brasa, and yet I know that the dining room is loud with a crowd and all those hard surfaces. May be less so on a Monday night, particularly if it's nice like today and they've opened all the garage door-like windows.

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        AmyMo RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 07:32 AM

        What about Carmelo's on Snelling?

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          eastlakovore RE: AmyMo May 16, 2011 08:44 AM

          Luci Ancora?
          Moscow on the Hill, does Russian food work for the group? I'm not sure what too foodie means. But I've had pleasant, quiet meals there.
          I nonni is a stone's throw (well, if you could throw a stone across the Mississippi) from St. Paul.

          Moscow On the Hill
          371 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

          I Nonni
          981 sibley memorial hwy, Lilydale, MN 55118

          Luci Ancora
          2060 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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          Brad Ballinger RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 10:06 AM

          Given your parameters, including location, Frost is a pretty solid option. I think you'd find Faces to be a bit loud as well (but maybe not on a Monday). If you want a downtown option instead of Frost, consider Senor Wong's.

          Senor Wong
          111 East Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55101

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            ibew292 RE: Brad Ballinger May 16, 2011 03:57 PM

            Senor Wongs last night was awful, I would not go back. Mixed up food without any taste. Way overpriced for the quality of food.

            Senor Wong's
            111 Kellog Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101

            Senor Wong
            111 East Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55101

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              Brad Ballinger RE: ibew292 May 16, 2011 07:06 PM

              Wow. Thanks for reporting that. I've eaten there three times, but not within the last year. Never had an experience close you what you've shared, but things can change quickly in the restaurant biz, I suppose.

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            sandylc RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 08:12 PM

            How about Scusi at Fairview and St. Clair?

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              reidmc RE: reidmc May 16, 2011 08:50 PM

              Thanks to all posters. Ended up at La Grolla, which was just on the borderline for dining room noise, thanks to a pretty good Monday evening crowd. My thumbnail review for La Grolla is stick to salad, vegetables and red meat. Pastas and seafood are hit and miss. Desserts are usually good but we passed. Aloha.

              La Grolla
              452 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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