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Oct 5, 2013 03:00 PM

Where can I go to dinner right now?! Well, an hour from now: 6:30pm on a Saturday

St. Paul or Minneapolis, casual, walk-in without too crazy a wait. Any kind of food, moderate price range. Date night'ish. Drawing a complete blank. Not Uptown, please.


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    1. re: zfwp

      Dang. About 10 seconds after I posted this had a minor toddler crisis and I didn't get back to check this post. I wish we'd gone to 7th St. Social just to try it!

      We ended up at Cafe 128 because karykat's recent recommendation in another thread popped into my head---we did quick call in a reservation. Pretty much the same as ever, despite new ownership. Same ribs. Same knotty pine paneling. The only thing that jumped out at me as a surprise was the pho on the menu as a first course. Not bad (though I only had a sip). The accompanying house-made chile sauce was really good.

      Such great recommendations in this thread, thank you. Even though we arrange for a sitter in advance, we are often so distracted that we forget to think about where we want to eat until the evening is upon us. Whoops, no reservations, now what? Then we stare at each other with dull looks for a moment, which propels me to name every restaurant I love on University Avenue. I response he lists every establishment he can think of that serves a decent burger. I will keep these ideas in mind for "emergency" nights out.


      1. re: shoo bee doo

        We've never been for dinner, only brunch or lunch. Terrific spot--super kid-welcoming.

        But, it's not packed with locals on a Saturday night? (It should be!)


        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          TDQ, you will fit right in after 6:00 (between 6:00-8:00) with a toddler on Sat and Sun. We go about 5:00 so my mother can hear. It's pretty full even on a Wednesday pm. Try the fish and chips, duck gnocchi, and especially the Tincho!

          1. Seventh Street Social.

            No waiting! Sadly, the dining room is only about 1/3 full

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            1. re: ChillyDog

              Kicking myself for not going there.