St Paul's best
After 5 years, I'm back out in the MSP area for about a year and have had great luck with my old favorites as well as some really excellent new restaurants in Minneapolis. However, it's been difficult to find a post devoted solely to St Paul's best. From some of the bets of the TCs threads it seems we have:
The Happy Gnome
On's Thai Kitchen
MSP please help! I seriously need to diversify - any price point and any cuisine, as long as its GOOD.
Ngon for Vietnamese, especially the Pho
The Strip Club - Small plates and steaks
The Nook - Best hamburgers in the Twin Cities
Mama's - Best Hot Dago sandwich available
Yarusso Brothers - Old school red sauce Italian
Ward 6 - Neighborhood joint w/great Reuben sandwich
Gopher Bar - Killer Coney Island dogs
Caffe Biaggio - Killer Northern Italian fare and best carbonara in the city
Lucia and Lucia Ancora - More great Italian.
re: Db Cooper
We love Ngon, but I think their hu tu/mi is actually better than their pho. (I think the tu is with rice noodles and the mi with egg; I get the egg.) The pho does have the delectable house-made meatballs (reportedly made weekly by the chef's father), but the Hu Mi's shrimp balls are the true business. For pho, the best in the Cities still seems to me Pho Tau Bay, if only for their near heavenly tendon. A squidge of beef scallop down the gullet? Check.
We'll agree to disagree. That stock that Ngon makes for their Pho, to me, is better than any around and that includes Pho Tau Bay. Everybody has different tastes and preferences.
I should have also added Taqeuria Los Paisanos for tortas. I know most point to Los Ocampo, but I prefer these.
Along with previously mentioned, I like:
Hmong Village (Food Court)
I really adore Ward 6, especially their breakfast dishes.