Weekend eating recommendations
Since the birth of our child we have been stuck in a rut. We want to start trying one new restaurant per weekend just to add some fun back into life. We will be taking the kid with us. We've been to many Chinese/Korean, Indian, and Middle Eastern places and need to expand our culinary horizons and try something different.
Good food. Not fancy, but quality ingredients and prepared right.
Hole in the wall places are great.
Don't care what style of cuisine or type of food it is, as long as it is good.
On's Thai Kitchen for authentic Thai.
Crescent Moon Bakery for Afghani pizza.
Los Ocampo for Mexican.
Crescent Moon Bakery
2339 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
On's Thai Kitchen
1613 University Ave W,, St Paul, MN 55104
Do you want to limit yourselves to a certain geography (e.g., just St. Paul, northern suburbs, south Minneapolis, etc)?
Without knowing, I'll stick to the core cities. Sea Salt for incredibly resonably-priced fish tacos (in the Minnehaha Falls park pavillion), Sen Yai Sen Lek for Thai (24th and Central in NE Mpls), BZA India Kitchen (also at 24th and Central), and Taco Taxi (at Lake and Bloomington).
Brasa? Or one of the many Vietnamese places along University Ave in St. Paul or Eat Street. Babanis. La Sirena Gorda in MidGloMa. Manny's Tortas--either location. Maria's on Franklin. El Centro Pupuseria on Lake Street. Kramarzuck's. Maverick's (though I haven't been since the recent tragedy in the owner's family. Maybe call first to confirm they are open.) Cheeky Monkey. Is Los Andes still around? Maybe Big Daddy's? Seasonally, the Dari Ette?
Birchwood is so kid friendly, I won't eat there without one. :).
La Sirena Gorda
920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
St. Paul, MN, St Paul, MN
good recs so far. i'd add chimborazo for ecuadorian, obento-ya and tanpopo for japanese (bento boxes and noodles most budget friendly at these places, respectively), quang or pho tau bay on eat street for vietnamese
Quang Pastry & Deli
2719 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tanpopo Noodle Shop
308 Prince St, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Pho Tau Bay
2837 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
2851 Central Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Punch Pizza for good, fast, Neapolitan style pizza (and they have cute little ice cream cups from Izzy's for dessert).
+1 to Brasa. Especially the Grand Ave. location, which is much bigger (and thus easier with the kiddo).
+1 also to Los Ocampo, the new St. Paul location near White Bear and I-94.
-Ngon Bistro. Especially the patio-- easy with the kid.
Turtle Bread or Town Hall Tap in south Minneapolis, followed by Pumphouse Creamery, the best ice cream in the TCs.
These are all go-to places for us with our 2.5 year old kid.
4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Korea Restaurant in Stadium Village will work fine with a small child. A hole in the wall but pretty good Korean.
211 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414