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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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      The Strip Club
      378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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      1. re: mtullius

        I would suggest The Strip Club too, but I'm not sure how that'll work out for a group of 20 people. It's a pretty small space, but you could always check on reservations.

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        The Strip Club
        378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

        1. re: Seige

          You'd definitely have to call ahead and check, but I've seen large parties at the Strip Club-- there's the whole upstairs, which can be reserved for a big group, or I've seen them set up a really long set of tables downstairs....

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          The Strip Club
          378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

      2. 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.

        1. 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....

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          1. re: mtullius

            MAMA's pizza. they have pasta too. you can pull all the tables together for a large group. i have seen big birthday parties there.

            front and rice

          2. In downtown St. Paul, Burger Moe's could accommodate a large crowd and fit within your budget. http://www.burgermoes.com/menu.html Yarusso's on the East Side would probably work with you on something, too.

            ~TDQ

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            1. 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.

              1. re: Db Cooper

                Magnolia's is decent.

              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                Just make sure there's nothing going on at the X that night (Wild, concert, whatever). Many of the restaurants along West 7th get ridiculously busy on event nights and 20 people showing up at once will be disappointed.

                1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                  Very, very good point. (RE: Burger Moe's and the Xcel schedule). Furthermore, I assume the OP will make reservations for wherever she decides to go...

                  ~TDQ

              3. Obbs Sports Bar

                Great food, great drinks great price

                Walley , ribs, soup, burgers ect....

                Highly recommended! call ahead they have a larger room downstairs also

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                Obb's
                1347 Burns Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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                1. re: harleyjt

                  I love the Texas Toast at Obbs. Love the friendly vibe there, too.

                  ~TDQ

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                  Obb's
                  1347 Burns Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    Obbs

                    61 and Burns 10 minutes from MMC

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                    Obb's
                    1347 Burns Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

                2. For $10 I would go with The Liffey or Cossetta's.

                  1. Thanks, everyone! Great suggestions. We're going to Yarusso's Monday night with the Twin Cities Social Club for their B'day Special so I may just check out the Strip Club. I've never been but have heard great things. Much appreciated:-)

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                    The Strip Club
                    378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106