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.
Meritage, best French in town.
Los Ocampo best Mexican
Rum Mit Thai, great thai food, zero atmosphere!
Strip Club, great drinks and steaks
Bars Bakery, great pastries
Kopplins, fantastic coffee
Ngon Bistro, upscale Vietnamese
Senor Wongs, fun Asian/Mexican fusion with great happy hours.
Hmong Village for papaya salad and BBQ
Not all new...but my faves are:
El Burrito Mercado
Black Sheep Pizza
Russian Tea House
Blue Door Pub
St. Paul Cheese Shop
Meritage (for oysters)
Bangkok Thai (are they still open?)
iPho by Saigon for Banh Mi (I didn't care for the the grocery store Ha Tien?)
Pho Cadao for Pho (gotta get to Ngon and try theirs)
New on Grand Ave is Grand Central, a sandwich shop. Great sandwiches and salads. Macalester Campus area.
Brasa. Apologies if it's been mentioned (reading comprehension isn't what it used to be), Brasa usually gets lots of love on this board.
I hesitated including I Nonni because it's not in STP, but I agree, excellent Italian if not the best. The service there is fantastic also.
If we're going to I Nonni, then I'd add the deli, Buon Giorno. Though lots of folks go there for their lunchtime pasta bar, I'm a huge fan of their sandwiches and their deli selection. Not a huge selection, but high quality and a great price (as compared to the new Cossetta's deli, for example, whose prices border on the criminal).
Shish on Grand (same owners as Grand Central)
Colossal Cafe on Como (great for breakfast and nice dinner service, too)