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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
Meritage
Heartland
On's Thai Kitchen

MSP please help! I seriously need to diversify - any price point and any cuisine, as long as its GOOD.

Thanks!

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  1. The Asian Deli Restaurant at 388 Western Ave. It is only open for lunch, but is fantastic! Great Laotian food!
    http://www.asiandelimn.com/

    1. 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.

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      1. 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.

        1. re: parkermsp

          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.

          1. re: Db Cooper

            Have you had the Hu mi? Try the hu mi at Ngon. I'll try Los Paisanos.

            1. re: Db Cooper

              I'll second the tortas at Los Paisanos over those at Ocampo, though I prefer the latter for most everything else.

        2. Little Szechuan on University should be added to the list, too.

          1. Along with previously mentioned, I like:

            Cheng Heng
            Thai Cafe
            Homi Mexican
            Los Ocampo
            Hmong Village (Food Court)

            I really adore Ward 6, especially their breakfast dishes.

            1. also forgot to add WA Frost