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Dave68 Aug 27, 2011 07:53 PM

I work nights and have had a hard time finding places to eat in St. Paul that are open late night. I get off work at 11 p.m. Anyone have recommendations? Thanks.

  1. The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2011 12:09 AM

    Sorry to say, most of what I can come up with are bars or places with bars:

    Tavern on Grand until 2am http://www.tavernongrand.com/
    American Burger Bar is open until 2am http://americanburgerbar.com/ (I like their skinny fries).
    Muddy Pig until 1 or 2am (I like their black and blue burger).
    Chatterbox Pub is open until 1am http://www.chatterboxpub.net/hours.html (food is only so-so, but I think other hounds have said their mac and cheese is good.).
    Fasika until midnight
    Dining room at Senor Wong is open until Midnight Fri & Sat; Lounge and Bar is open until 2am W-Sat, Midnight Sun & Mon; 1am Tues.
    The Bar at WA Frost is open until 1am Fri & Sat, midnight all other nights. http://www.wafrost.com/contactus.asp
    Burger Moe's has a Happy Hour 7 days a week 9pm-1am and has a late night menu.
    Faces bar menu: http://www.facesmearspark.com/contact.html
    I'm never a big advocate of the Happy Gnome, but it's also been YEARS since I've been: http://thehappygnome.com/
    I think Sole Cafe has late night hours Fri & Sat.
    Axel's on Grand.

    What are Los Ocampo's hours? I think the Lake St. location has light night hours, so I wonder if the St. Paul location does.

    ~TDQ

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    Muddy Pig
    162 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Chatterbox Pub
    800 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

    Happy Gnome
    498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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

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      Seige Aug 30, 2011 10:07 AM

      Oh, definitely go back to the Happy Gnome. We've been there about 3 times in the last 2 months (as recently as last night) and despite witnessing a relationship completely spiral out of control at the table next to us on our second to last trip, it's been great! The food a few years ago was atrocious, but whoever their new chef is, is doing some awesome work there. The brunch isn't as good as Bon Vie and other places in my opinion, but the burgers are amazing! Between hubster and me, we've had the Angus Cheesburger, Duck Burger, Game Burger and Marlin Burger... all are completely delcious.

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      Happy Gnome
      498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

      Bon Vie
      518 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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        The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2011 10:15 AM

        Really? Thanks for the uphill report! I love their patio and might have to give it a whirl before summer slips away!

        ~TDQ

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          KTFoley Aug 30, 2011 10:26 AM

          I can testify, it's been much better recently.

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            mull0263 Aug 30, 2011 10:32 AM

            Agreed, my favorite place in the Cities right now (though the beer selection heavily influences that).

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              The Dairy Queen Aug 30, 2011 10:35 AM

              Wow, your favorite place?

              Three 'hounds can't be wrong. I would really be interested in a detailed report on what you all have tried and liked recently, if you wouldn't mind sharing the specifics. This info is even worth putting in an outside post, I think.

              ~TDQ

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                BigE Aug 30, 2011 11:09 AM

                I agree that the food is quite good, though most of my visits are liquid only. My only issue with the Gnome is pricing. Their standard cheeseburger is $12 and the game burger is $15. I guess they are keeping in line with WA Frost and the like.

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                  mull0263 Aug 31, 2011 10:30 AM

                  Like I said, the beer is the big draw for me here, but I've noticed much improved quality in the food as of late (since Brink took over). Specifically, the duck and game burgers are great, I'm happy to see the marlin sandwich back on the menu as I've always enjoyed it, the roasted sockeye salmon salad is good (albeit was a bit overcooked the time I had it) and it looks live they've also added dry aged steaks to the menu (I suspect they are from their sister restaurant the Hanger Room).

                  That said, their pizzas in my opinion aren't worth the time or money and the mussels can be inconsistent.

                  There are still a lot of things on the new menu that I want to try, but overall I pick the Gnome based upon the fact that it has great beer, generally good food and a cozy patio - the combination of those things makes it tops for me (you can still certainly find better food or ambiance in the Cities).

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                    The Dairy Queen Sep 2, 2011 06:41 AM

                    It cerainly sounds like it's worth a visit! Thank you for sharing more details!

                    ~TDQ

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            Mplsfoodie Nov 7, 2011 11:33 AM

            I totally agree. My friend flew in late a few Fridays ago. He wanted a good chiil place with a nice variety of beers. Naturally, I chose the Happy Gnome. We had the mussels and the braised short ribs, as well as a few stouts. He was very impressed overall.

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            Happy Gnome
            498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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              Seige Nov 7, 2011 12:05 PM

              Yay! I was starting to worry about losing my food cred. ;)

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          KTFoley Aug 27, 2011 08:29 PM

          None of this will knock your socks off, necessarily:

          . Mickey's Diner downtown is open 24/7.
          . Pizza Luce at Selby & Hamline is open until 2:30am.
          . Blue Door Pub at Selby & Fairview serves their menu until 1:00am.
          . Groveland Tap at St. Clair & Fairview also serves until 1:00am.
          . Thur/Fri/Sat, the Uptown Cafe at Grand & Lexington opens 10:00pm-4:00am.

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          Groveland Tap
          1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

          The Blue Door Pub
          1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

          Mickey's Diner
          686 Lexington Pkwy S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

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            mull0263 Aug 30, 2011 09:37 AM

            KT hit up a lot of the good ones. A few additional ones that come to mind:

            Los Ocampo on Arcade St. is open until 4 AM on Fri/Sat
            Flameburger is open 24 hours
            Senor Wong usually serves their menu until midnight/1 AM
            Bulldog Lowertown usually serves food until 1 AM
            Topper's Pizza on Grand Ave delivers until 3:45 AM during the weekdays and 4:15 AM on the weekends

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            Flameburger
            2534 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55113

            Topper's Pizza
            2936 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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

            The Bulldog Lowertown
            237 6th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

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              karykat Sep 1, 2011 07:36 PM

              Wow. Flameburger is still around? I have nostalgic feelings for it. (But am not sure it was ever really that great.) Any assessments from more recent visits?

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              Flameburger
              2534 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55113

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                BigE Sep 2, 2011 06:28 AM

                Flameburger is a bit of a jaunt from St. Paul (15-20 minutes from downtown), but put me down as a HUGE fan. My last visit was a week ago, FWIW.

                The burgers are consistently great, with a char that can only come from being cooked over a flame (no pun intended). Fries are run of the mill frozen variety, though the serving is monstrous and they are always nice and crispy without being overdone. Hash browns tend to be very good, with other breakfast items being what you would expect from a diner...more than serviceable.

                What I tell everyone is I prefer the burgers at the Flame and breakfast at Mickeys.

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                Flameburger
                2534 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55113

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