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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.
Reasonably priced.


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  1. 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

    1. 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).

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger

        The child is 1 year old, and loves trying table food. We don't have any restrictions as to location.

      2. 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

        1. How about Lucia's casual side?

          1. 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

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            1. re: soupkitten

              Tanpopo is such a serene place. I would say only if your child is in his or her most serene mood, otherwise, you might feel uncomfortable there.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                good point. but, i think they do have a few outdoor tables, in summer, if that helps!

                1. re: soupkitten

                  to the op: congratulations! how old is your kiddo right now, so that we can make best-type recs for your family? :)

                  1. re: soupkitten

                    I see your good point and raise you another good point! Outdoors at Tanpopo would be fantastic with a little one.


              2. 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.

                Pumphouse Creamery
                4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

                Punch Pizza
                3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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                1. re: mtullius

                  Any particular location of Punch? I always think the Highland Park one seems like it would be a nightmare with kids.


                  Highland Park
                  St. Paul, MN, St Paul, MN

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Yes, for us the location is always the Grand Ave. one, which is super fast and super kid-friendly. We're clearly not the only ones who think so, because from 5-7 or so there are zillions of families with kids there....

                2. Korea Restaurant in Stadium Village will work fine with a small child. A hole in the wall but pretty good Korean.

                  Korea Restaurant
                  211 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

                  1. I want to throw Krazmarczuk in to the mix. The restaurant iis cafeteria style, laid back and displays delicious sausage. Plus, free parking. http://www.kramarczuk.com/Restaurant/...