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Delivery Chinese exotica -- St Clair Broiler

bishopsbitter Jul 13, 2011 04:46 AM

I have been enjoying delivered food from the Roseville restaurant Szechuan. I am not sure if the same enterprise as the place on University Ave but so far as delivery goes I have found the service reliable, accurate and fast.

Quite nice to be able to dabble in exotic dishes for delivery like intestines, sea cucumber, jellyfish etc.etc. when the desire strikes.

I have not perceived any hugely spicy approach (no tingle or numbing) or high usage of lemony sichuan pepper [and that's not necessarily a good thing] but the food has been solid and authentic (perhaps at times too much so in its tendency to be extremely meat heavy, vegetable light). But good for Atkins' dieters :-)

Think I may even try their Peking Duck tonight which I have yet to try. ($30.95).

Only downside the food is occasionally (particularly the soup) a bit lukewarm. No problem at one's home where a microwave can vamp it up but not so good at a hotel such as where I am.

My long-time "go to" Chinese place at the U of M doesn't like delivering to this hotel owing to the nightmare construction logistics so this is a good replacement when I am working in town.

Briefly mentioned: it's taken me 30 years but finally tried the St Clair Broiler at the junction of Snelling & St. Clair in St Paul. I've always (since 1982) liked their attractive green and orange neon signage. So for breakfast: pleasant service, good coffee, pretty standard product apart from bacon which was premium and good. Their bratwurst-ey sausages not so successful for me. as always the toast needs Viagra(c) - I am so sick of toast that's limp and unfunctional for insertion into the yolk. Nice enough place. Still looking for a "favorite" breakfast in the cities. Quite like the Keys opposite the luggage warehouse in St Paul (On Robert I think that is). In 1982 would drive to a diner in Wisconsin which always came through, but chain-ized now; but would love to find a place where the eggs free-range & cooked perfectly, the bacon (as per St Clair Broiler) premium and the coffee strong.

But as to Szechuan, check it out for delivery but be aware they do close relatively early on the delivery front.

St Clair Broiler
1580 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Szechuan restaurant
2193 Snelling Ave N., Roseville, MN 55113

  1. k
    KTFoley Jul 13, 2011 08:47 AM

    Szechuan in Roseville is not related to Little Szechuan on University Ave.

    Little Szechuan - West End
    5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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    1. re: KTFoley
      bishopsbitter Jul 13, 2011 01:06 PM

      I had a feeling not (food there was quite a bit different) but thanks for confirming as I wasn't really sure.

      1. re: bishopsbitter
        The Dairy Queen Jul 13, 2011 01:11 PM

        We're sprouting Szechuan restaurants like crazy these past few years. Most related to or spun off from (ie., by a departing employee) from each other, but a few completely unrelated ones, too!


    2. mamachef Jul 13, 2011 08:51 AM

      Blast from the not-recent past. My now ex-husband and I used to hang out at the St. Clair all the time. Meanwhile, it sounds as though you're in breathing distance of the Bowling Alley on Hamline. You won't get breakfast, but the burgers are okay. Oh, and the beer.

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      1. re: mamachef
        The Dairy Queen Jul 13, 2011 12:48 PM

        Mamachef, I'm not sure what St. Clair Broiler was like in your day, but now I consider it long on nostalgia and short on many other things chowish. I only go there if I need to meet someone who has recommended it. The burger place is probably the Nook, a board favorite (though not adored by everyone). It has just recently re-opened after a devastating fire early this year.


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        MrSlippery Jul 13, 2011 02:27 PM

        Definitely a good choice in an area with few good choices. The Ma Po Tofu has a nice spicy kick and some of the cold appetizers are quite good. Would agree that the vegetable dishes are just OK. Usually I get take-out which is easy and convenient to do online. Perhaps not quite on par with the best the cities has to offer, but Bloomington awfully far away.

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        1. re: MrSlippery
          bishopsbitter Jul 13, 2011 03:37 PM

          Strange but the Ma Po is what I had a couple nights ago and very good although in a tall tub a bit difficult to eat without plate. But good. Tofu with pork and spice is one of my all-time favorite Chinese dishes.

          1. re: MrSlippery
            kevin47 Jul 14, 2011 10:48 AM

            That's my take as well. I can have Szechuan delivered to work, or drive all the way down University for LS. Highlights for me have been the spicy beef stew noodles (great lunch bargain for $7), seaweed and ma po tofu.

          2. b
            bishopsbitter Jul 14, 2011 03:44 AM

            Don't waste your $30.95 on the Peking Duck. Not totally terrible but you can't do PD with ersatz . . . DUCK.

            1. s
              steve_in_stpaul Jul 15, 2011 07:24 PM

              bishopsbitter, you might want to go east on St. Clair until it hits West 7th and then head toward downtown St. Paul for the Day By Day Cafe -- especially now that the weather occasionally is nice enough for the patio. Dunn Bros. coffee, free-range-chicken eggs,...

              Day By Day Cafe
              477 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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