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BatMan Jan 22, 2013 01:15 PM

Received the following an email from a friend. Any ideas?

"I have someone retiring who likes foodie places. Could you give me an east metro place to buy a gift certificate for her."

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    american_idle RE: BatMan Jan 22, 2013 01:23 PM

    Do you mean St. Paul? East of downtown St. Paul? The East Side of St. Paul? Or Oakdale / farther out?

    In general, there isn't a lot that direction, thus the need for more specific location.

    Personally, I think a foodie is willing to travel, but as it's for a retirement gift, maybe they aren't terribly mobile?

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      KristinT013 RE: BatMan Jan 22, 2013 07:47 PM

      If it is not strictly necessary that the "foodie place" be a restaurant, the Golden Fig would be an awesome choice. Some other solid options are Ngon, Meritage, and Heartland.

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        BigE RE: BatMan Jan 23, 2013 06:55 AM

        I would stray toward what Kristin is suggesting. Once you get east of St. Paul, things get more than a little spotty. I'd stick with one of the downtown spots.

        1. Db Cooper RE: BatMan Jan 23, 2013 08:45 AM

          On the East Side, I'd recommend:

          The Strip Club - Forget the dumb name, good steaks and interesting small plates

          Ward 6 - Fun neighborhood bistro with surprisingly good food. Not anything too fancy, just good solid neighborhood fare.

          Once you get out in the Eastern suburbs, things get dicey. But those are two good choices on the eastern side of Saint Paul for someone who enjoys a good meal.

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            mull0263 RE: BatMan Jan 23, 2013 08:56 AM

            Have to echo a lot of what has already been said. There aren't a lot, or really any, 'foodie' destinations in the east metro beyond downtown St. Paul. Many of those previously mentioned are good choices though, all are in or near downtown St. Paul. I'd recommend Meritage or Strip Club, but Ngon, Heartland and W.A. Frost are all safe choices as well.

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              american_idle RE: mull0263 Jan 23, 2013 09:07 AM

              I would actually pull Heartland from the suggestions. Standard fare, granted done well, but nothing all that interesting.

              The *real* foodie destination in the East is the Hmong Village. All sorts of crazy food stalls featuring meats, pho, noodles, and a farmers market.

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                KTFoley RE: american_idle Jan 23, 2013 10:03 AM

                The OP is trying to help a friend select a place with a gift certificate. Is there some info you can share about getting one at Hmong Village?

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                  american_idle RE: KTFoley Jan 23, 2013 10:12 AM

                  Not specifically, but many group-buildings (like malls) sell GC's. And the OP could look up the main number and ask.

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              Rowdy RE: BatMan Jan 23, 2013 05:03 PM

              I'd consider Acqua in White Bear Lake. We've been there several times and had good experience each time.

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                ShinyCake RE: BatMan Jan 27, 2013 07:10 AM

                I'll echo others and recommend The Strip Club, W.A. Frost, and Meritage. Brasa is also excellent.

                1. NugarifiK RE: BatMan Jan 27, 2013 09:42 PM

                  My first recommendation to anyone talking east metro dining is always Phil's Tara Hideaway in Stillwater. Their meat is amazing (top notch steaks and pork chops), great specials and just a cool atmosphere. If your friend is claustrophobic it may not be the best option as the seating is tight.

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