411 Cedar Street 1st Floor, Marshall Field St. Paul, MN 55101
You probably would not expect to find such classy surroundings in a department store restaurant, but Marshall Field's (formerly Dayton's) isn't just any old store. Frequented mostly by shoppers, it is also a smart choice for a quiet business lunch. The black lacquer walls, gold tone accents, crystal chandeliers and linen tablecloths make for a truly elegant dining experience. The menu at River Room features Minnesota wild rice soup, as well as lunch classics like chicken potpie, deli sandwiches and Mandarin chicken salad. Breaded pork chops, veggie burgers and pasta dishes are the early dinner favorites. The Room is known for its complimentary, fresh-baked, flaky popovers. Be sure to leave room for the mint cheesecake. Beer, wine, cocktails, and soft drinks are served.
The name is Italian for "crazy moon." Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant & Bar is an attractive eatery and is a cross between cool sophistication and "make yourself at home" casual. The menu ranges from pizza to lamb chops, from spaghetti and meatballs to veal and mushroom-stuffed ravioli. Pasta dishes are served as an entrée or you can order a smaller portion and combine it with meat or fish. Leave room for dessert. The wine list is as diverse as the menu. Beer, cocktails and soft drinks are also available. Hours are limited so reservations are highly recommended. Visit website for more details.
Babani's claims to be the first authentic Kurdish restaurant in the United States. The unfamiliar menu items may keep some away, but once you try it, you will definitely come back. The richly aromatic cuisine is prepared using fresh vegetables and organic herbs and spices. The Kurdish chicken soup, dowjic and tabbouleh are nicely complimented by naska nan wa paneer, an addicting, delicious house-baked bread.For those looking for a taste bud-tingling entrée, don't miss the kubay sawar, ground beef stuffed in fried wheat dumplings, or chicken tawa, chicken layered with potato, green pepper, onion and dried lemon. Prices are reasonable and portions are enormous.
Mickey's features everything that makes diners an American staple. Try an order of the "2s" (2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 pieces of bacon or sausage). Besides buttermilk pancakes and potatoes O'Brien, the diner whips up a tasty cauldron of baked beans, Mulligan stew and bean soup, all made from pre-WWII recipes. The burgers are greasy and so are the fries, but they are lip-smacking good. Top it off with a malt made with old-fashioned ice cream. Open 24 hours a day.
350 Market Street 350 Market Street St. Paul, MN 55102
All of St. Paul seems to gather here for lunch or dinner before hitting the theater. As busy as it is, the frosted glass panels scattered about the dining area give an air of privacy. The handsome, comfortable surroundings are what you would expect from a four-star establishment. The wait staff is experienced and considerate. The menu is a mixture of light entrees (pastas, walleye and chicken) and classic hearty meals (24oz steaks, pork chops and veal). The three page wine list has every vintage you can imagine. An extensive selection of imported beers and top quality liquors is available. Reservations are advised, but the paneled, club-like bar serves the full menu until midnight.
St. Paul has many historic homes and one such Victorian mansion is home to this wine bar and restaurant. The rustic, highly detailed manor, with many cozy booths and intimate enclaves, lends itself to a romantic evening. The wine and entrees may be pricey but the knowledgeable and attentive wait staff make the few extra dollars worth it. The appetizers, pizza, pasta and seafood dishes are some of the best in town. As the name would imply, the wine list is extensive and will please even the most discriminating taste. Imported beer, cocktails or soft drinks can also be ordered.
Hot dogs and beer, what a combo! This St. Paul landmark has been serving them up for the better part of 50 years. Not somewhere that you have to dress for, but the dogs are always ready around 10:30am. Although the place isn't much on atmosphere, if you like Coneys, it is worth a quick stop. If business is slow, the Gopher has been known to close early, so if you have a late night urge, call ahead to be sure they are still open.
This popular lunch spot for St. Paul's businessmen has been open since 1942. At night and on weekends, easy listening music and dancing provide the main entertainment. American Burger Bar with its subdued lighting and rich mahogany walls is the home to the St. Paul Cigar Club's monthly meeting.The happy hour buffet and specially priced drinks are a big hit among the after-work crowd. The dinner menu is a touch above the normal bar grub offering steak, lobster, walleye and ribs. The wine and beer list is extensive and the bartenders will mix your favorite cocktail.
Casa Nostra Ristorante Italiano is a simple Italian place that serves flavorful dishes. Visit Casa Nostra Ristorante Italiano for a meal with friends or family and enjoy the karaoke which is hosted periodically. Try their pizza or lasagne on a live entertainment night and pair some exotic drinks with the same. You can also sip on some drinks at the bar with your friends while watching the match on the television. Casa Nostra Ristorante Italiano is a friendly space that is great to be visited for a casual meal.
Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only, Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers, chicken, ribs, steak, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Outback Steakhouse also offers call-ahead seating and curbside take-away. Check website for locations and menu selections.
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