East Side St. Paul - Dinner Recs for a Sat. Night
Gathering a few friends (around 20 or so) together for a b'day dinner on the East Side of St. Paul on a Saturday night in November. We'll be going to the MN Music Cafe for a concert later but would prefer elsewhere for dinner. Something a step above bar food but without breaking the bank (prefer btw $10/15 pp TOPS. Ideally, a 10-15 min drive from the MMC, too. Thanks!
No idea where MMC is, but Los Ocampos is right off 94 and is reasonably priced and quite good Mexican food. They could handle a giant party like that fairly easily as well.
If you're willing to push the top of your price range, I'd go for The Strip Club. It's very close by, and it's great. The burger is 10.25, so with a drink, you'd get out for not too much more than 15... And you'll leave soooo happy..... Or you could share a bunch of small plates and also escape for about 15 bucks a head.
On the other hand, if that's just too much, I agree with the previous poster-- Los Ocampo is excellent Mexican food, a full bar, and a ton of food for cheap.
If you're in the mood for Italian-American and/or greasy Minnesota pizza, there's always Red's Savoy Inn, also very close by.
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Again, no idea where the MMC is, but if you're willing to go downtown St. Paul, I remember Great Waters Brew Pub being pretty good. If I had the patty melt, that means it was about 12 years ago though...
Hmm. Also downtown is a Blacksheep Pizza location. Downtown opens up a few other reasonably priced options. Tom Reid's, Cossetta's (which I personally think sucks). The size of the party, location, and price point, are a pretty difficult trifecta.
For all the non-East Side 'hounds, I'll share that the Minnesota Music Cafe is at the corner of 7th St. and Payne Ave. So downtown SP is well within the OP's distance criteria. Black Sheep is a good idea-- though I don't know if they have any kind of space they could set up for a large party....
re: The Dairy Queen
As an east-sider, I'd recommend Yarusso Brothers. No frills Italian Red-Sauce type place. Highly recommend the Hot Dago sandwich.
You may want to call ahead for a party of your size....Best part is you are only about four blocks up Payne from the MN Music cafe so you can walk down after dinner if the weather is still nice.