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mexican restaurant on west seventh in st. paul

I would have to agree with steve. We went there on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Had tacos: carnitas, al pastor and tinga de pollo. The pastor was wetter and seasoned a little different than I am used to, but still good. Carnitas and tinga de pollo were excellent. Good sized tacos at $1.99 a piece. Service was very friendly and there were a decent number of people in there for lunch. Nice to see that. We'll definitely be back.

Nov 10, 2014
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

mexican restaurant on west seventh in st. paul

Did you catch the name of the place?

Nov 07, 2014
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

mexican restaurant on west seventh in st. paul

I heard that a new mexican restaurant went into the old Falafel King spot on West Seventh in St. Paul, but can not find a single thing online about it. Does anyone know about this or, better yet, has anyone been there?

Nov 07, 2014
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Your Top 5 Restaurants in Town

Wow, this is hard.

Sea Salt
Meritage
The Nook
Los Ocampo
Brasa

French Meadow Bakery St. Paul

I'm a little confused about this place. I thought because they are called a bakery that they would bake and sell bread. I was told they do not. However, their logo shows a baker putting bread into an oven. Is it just the Grand Avenue location that doesn't sell bread?

Apr 18, 2014
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

more Popeye's!

I found the scoop online. Was hoping for Pollo Campero, but Popeyes wouldn't be too bad:

A total of 14 Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food outlets in California and another 14 in Minnesota shut their doors for the final time Saturday, Nov. 10, including two stores in Redding, one each in Anderson, Chico, Oroville, Yuba City, Linda and 7 in the Bakersfield area including one in Taft.

The franchisee-operated stores have been purchased by AFC Enterprises Inc. of Atlanta, a franchisor and operator of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurants. After remodeling and refurbishing, the stores will re-open in two to five months as Popeye’s restaurants, company officials said.

Nov 28, 2012
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Oysterfest at Meritage Meltdown

I have to say I'm probably not going to do Oyster Fest again. Last year we had an absolutely fantastic time and we were so looking forward to it this year. The lines and the long shucking times left us extremely disappointed. We tried to make the best of it since we had come with 2 friends this year, but it just didn't work. As usual, I was impressed with the quality of the food; the oyster po boy slider may be one of the best things I've ever eaten. However, that line took me over 40 minutes. I hope they get the logistics worked out for next year. And I appreciate the fact that they are offering VIP pass holders a dozen free oyster, but my question is, what do I do with my leftover punch card that's still good for 12 oysters? It doesn't seem fair that because we didn't want to stand in endless lines to get what we had already paid for, we're out of luck.

Oct 02, 2012
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Blue Door Pub

I had heard a little about Tin Cup's and it looks worth checking out. If I can get myself to not go to the Nook . . .

Dec 29, 2011
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Blue Door Pub

Stop the misinformation. The Nook has definitely NOT gone downhill. We've been there numerous times since they reopened and the food is as great as ever and consistent as well. When I'm craving a burger, a juicy nookie is the only thing that comes to my mind. And I find the remodeled space to be more comfortable than before.

Been to the Blue Door a few times. While I didn't dislike it, there was no Wow factor. And the place is too small and cramped for me to feel comfortable.

Dec 29, 2011
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Fresh Whole Sardines

Coastal is open New Year's Eve 9am to 6pm according to their website.

Dec 30, 2010
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good cheap eats near the Ordway

Not too expensive and close to the Ordway: first thought is Jimmy John's. Too fast foody? Bulldog or Senor Wongs would be walkable. And while it would take two parks, I'd opt for Red's Savoy (they don't seem to have a current website).

http://www.senorwong.com/home.html
http://www.thebulldoglowertown.com/

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Senor Wong
111 East Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55101

Dec 28, 2010
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Ellsworth/River Falls breakfast spots

Taking a road trip tomorrow morning. Was hoping to stop in either Ellsworth or River Falls for breakfast, but did some looking online and didn't see a lot of options. Anyone have any ideas? Note: Perkins is not an option.

Thanks.

Nov 19, 2010
nancyd in Great Lakes

Drago's or Acme ................

Acme can be a tourist trap, I agree. But it is still my boyfriend's favorite place for raw oysters and the best place for chargrilled for both of us. Thought Drago's chargrilled were way overrated, not to mention gritty. At least at the one in the Hilton.

Aug 03, 2010
nancyd in New Orleans

Finally.....

Good post. Definitely The Nook! I've lived in St. Paul my whole life and finally got there a few years ago. I can't believe all those Juicy Nookies I could have eaten.

Mar 12, 2010
nancyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul

La Crosse WI question (and Chippewa Falls and Spooner)

Going on a motorcycle trip to Wisconsin and have a few questions that hopefully some Chowhounders can help with. The first night, we will be in La Crosse. Haven't been there for a few years. I thought I had heard that Mr. D's had closed. Was hoping to do breakfast there; anyone know if it is open? Also, any other places of note to go in La Crosse?

The next 2 nights will be spent in Chippewa Falls and Spooner. Never stayed overnight in either town. Is there anything in particular to check out?

Thanks.

(MSP) Sea Salt or Brasa open July 4th?

Hoping to eat at either the Nook, Sea Salt or Brasa on the fourth. Read in the paper that the Nook (and Shamrock's) is closed. Anyone know if Sea Salt or Brasa will be open? And yes, I know I can call and find out if necessary.

Thanks.

Chef Jeff Project on FN

I agree with chazmo that it should be "Go away Adam." And possibly "Go away Shante" as well. But not necessarily for the same reason. Their attitudes and lack of respect compared to the others is beyond acceptable to me. And besides, if they don't want this chance and aren't willing to make the effort, there are hundreds, probably thousands, of other willing to step up.

Oct 20, 2008
nancyd in Food Media & News

What's new Duluth MN and Superior WI?

We just got back from a few days in Duluth. From both friends and online, we checked out the following places:
1. Anchor Bar for burgers. Awesome place, a definite experience. Dark doesn't quite do the description justice. Burgers were very good, but beware of the blue cheese burger. No actual pieces of blue cheese, just sauce and very messy,

2. Sammy's Pizza. We promised a friend who is a diehard Sammy's fan that we would check it out. Very good pizza. Not spectacular, but I'm a big fan of the thin crust, square cut style.

3. Judy's Cafe in Two Harbors. Not a lot of breakfast choices in Duluth. We thought about Hell's Kitchen but got some negative feedback from friends who had been there. And I thought their prices were way too expensive for breakfast. We'd been to Judy's before and it hasn't changed. Just a very comfortable small town diner with very good food.

4. Fitger's. While we didn't eat there, we did drink there. Since we were staying at the Fitger's Inn, it was very convenient. Their beers are excellent, especially the Apricot Wheat.

All and all, a darn fine weekend. And I would highly recommend Fitger's Inn. Beautiful place, great service and perfect location.

nancy

Jul 30, 2008
nancyd in Great Lakes

MSP: New Thai restaurant alert

Not sure about delivery. Their website is not done, but you may want to check here in the future.

http://mangothaimn.com/

MSP: New Thai restaurant alert

Jeepers, give them a break. They opened Monday.

I will miss the people who ran Thai Delight. They were incredibly friendly and pleasant. While their food wasn't earth-shattering, it didn't suck and the prices were right and the servings huge.

I saw the menu for Mango and it almost looks like too much for a little neighborhood place. A lot more seafood and duck as well as a variety of salads. The prices are higher, which is fine with me if their food is good. I will keep my fingers crossed and keep an eye out here for further reports.

Suggestions on authentic mexican in MSP

Not so. Last time we were there we sat in the new back room with wait service and beer. Service was pretty slow, so I would probably opt for the cafeteria counter next time.

Bucantini all’Amatriciana with Guanciale (NYT Recipe)

Too big, obviously. I think if we had also cooked it longer as mentioned it would have worked better.

Jan 28, 2008
nancyd in Home Cooking

Bucantini all’Amatriciana with Guanciale (NYT Recipe)

What went wrong?

We followed the New York Times recipe. It didn't say exactly how long to cook the guanciale nor did it say to trim the fat, which I assumed was part of the rich flavor of the guanciale. What we got was fatty, inedible pieces of pork that we had to pick out. After that, it actually was pretty good, but obviously we shouldn't have had to pick it out. We are not weenies when it come to rich or fatty gaminess; we usually love those type of flavors. The guanciale was ordered online from La Quercia Artisan Meats in Iowa and seemed to be fine. Anyone have any idea what we did wrong?

Jan 28, 2008
nancyd in Home Cooking

MSP - Buster's on 28th Report

Mark and Paul no longer have any connection to the Gnome. They are the owners of the Muddy Pig only. Which by the way, just got some spiffy new hardwood floors and some new flat screen TVs (No, Paul, this is NOT a sports bar!!). Great neighborhood place. Won't comment on the Gnome; I think enough has already been said.

Nancy in St. Paul

St. Paul Farmer's Market Cheese

The website for Bass Lake doesn't show anything like bandage wrapped goat cheddar. The mystery continues . . .

St. Paul Farmer's Market Cheese

When I googled it, it did indeed sound like a cheese from Carr Valley. They are not on the St. Paul Farmer's Market website as one of their vendors. Can anyone verify either way?

By the way, the cheese is absolutely amazing wherever it comes from. And as far as the Lovetree Farms cheeses go, I would recommend them as well.

St. Paul Farmer's Market Cheese

We bought some cheese on Saturday at the St. Paul Farmer's Market. We thought it was from Lovetree Farms, but according to their website, they only do sheep's milk cheese and we bought a bandage wrapped goat cheddar. I don't believe Eichten's does cheese like this. Can anyone tell us who was selling this cheese?

Thanks,
Nancy in St. Paul

Near Millennium Park

Just wanted to say thanks for the info. Especially the Intelligentsia suggestion. Totally convenient to where we were staying, excellent coffee and wonderful atmosphere. Also appreciated the directions to Hot Doug's. It is sooo out of the way to get to, and yet, so worth it. Highly recommended. Frontera never ceases to amaze me. Manage to fit in two absolutely fantastic meals there. Noteworthy were an awesome ribeye, ceviche trio, a tomatillo salsa (best salsa I've ever had), killer Topolo margaritas, and incredible mashed potatoes (I want the recipe for those!) Also, Portillo's Italian beef rocked. Not a Chicago style pizza fan, but Gino's East was great. And lastly, had some of the best gumbo ever at Heaven on Seventh.

What a great trip. What a great town.

Thanks,
Nancy in St. Paul

May 24, 2007
nancyd in Chicago Area

Near Millennium Park

Thanks for the info. If it helps, we are staying east of Michigan Ave. on South Water.

Just a few more questions: Is Hot Doug's walkable? Also, the link above listed mostly brunch places. Looking more for basic breakfast or really good coffee place very close by.

Thanks again.
Nancy

May 18, 2007
nancyd in Chicago Area

Near Millennium Park

We are staying very near Millennium Park this weekend and early next week and I am not real familiar with Chicago. We prefer to do a lot of walking and I am wondering what is walkable. We are planning on going to Hot Doug's, Frontera Grill, Portillo's, and possibly Geno's East and Hopleaf. Also, probably hang out at Murphy's Bleachers during a Cubs game.

Also, how far are Chinatown, Greektown and Little Italy?

Have no ideas for breakfast or coffee. Prefer as close as possible for this. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Nancy in St. Paul

May 18, 2007
nancyd in Chicago Area