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St. Paul's Grand Ave.

Don't miss Bread and Chocolate, the Cafe Latte offshoot. Tru Berry frozen Yogurt is fun. Cow Bella has some great flavors. If you don't mind a quick shoot down Snelling, Carmello's a is a wonderful, traditional Italian joint. Wuollet Bakery has wonderful danish and coffee cake and their sour cream strudel is amazing. The Italian Pie Shop is good for deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. Another vote for The Uptowner's breakfasts....get a half-portion of the Farmer's Breakfast, unless you are a true glutton.

Jul 12, 2014
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Soda Fountains

Oh yeah...good call! But I have to say I went there and was not too impressed. It's so small and cramped....to me a soda fountain is all about the counter service. And when I went the service was lousy.

Jun 26, 2014
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Soda Fountains

Are there any bona-fide, old-fashioned soda fountains lift in The Twin Cities? I know of the mini one at St. Paul Corner Drug.

Jun 25, 2014
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Worst Restaurants in Town

Chatterbox Pub in Highland.

Jun 22, 2014
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Buttered Tin cupcake vs. Cupcake vs. ?

I love everything at Buttered Tin. Cupcake is ridiculously overpriced. The cupcakes at Wuollet also tend to get overlooked...old-fashioned but very good!

May 26, 2014
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Anyone remember Rocco's in St Paul in the 70s?

Where was it?

May 14, 2014
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Favorite restaurants from the past

It was one of the original tenants of Galtier Plaza. It was a great place.

Apr 30, 2014
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Favorite restaurants from the past

I loved Polly's! There was one on Robert Street in West St. Paul too.

Apr 05, 2014
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Buffet at Maplewood Mall 1970-1980's

I remember the Bishop's Buffet at HarMar.

Apr 05, 2014
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Toddler friendly restaurants?

I would never take a toddler to a place where I wanted to relax and enjoy my meal. I would much rather just go out less often and splurge for a sitter or trade-off with another couple. There are plenty of places where a toddler would be welcome, but I certainly would not count any chef-driven restaurants among them.

Apr 01, 2014
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Egg White Powder

Have you ever thought of just buying liquid egg whites? I think they have a better taste and consistency than the powder. The powder is best-used for cake decorators who are making royal icing.

Mar 22, 2014
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A bakery adventure, in which our heroine tries to go to Mojo Monkey but ends up at Rebecca's instead

I don't know. On the website she admits to using cake mixes. I think I will save my $$$ and allotted calories for a scratch bakery.

Mar 10, 2014
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Good quality rib roast. Where to buy.

Another definite "no" to TJs for fine meats. I would go with Byerly's-Lunds or Whole Foods. I would check Von Hansen's in Highland as well.

Nov 21, 2013
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Fine Dining in St. Paul?

I personally prefer Sakura for Sushi in Downtown St. Paul.

Nov 19, 2013
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Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Mancini's has its charms, but it is not fine dining.

Nov 18, 2013
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Where are the donuts?

There was actually an article about his bad attitude in the Pioneer Press a couple of years back. Though rumor has it he can be selective in his harassment.

Nov 16, 2013
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Where are the donuts?

Granny Donuts in West St. Paul is as old-school classic as you can get. Their glazed, blueberry cake and apple fritters are all tops. However, the "gentleman" who owns it is very difficult to deal with and frequently works the counter, and he seems to have a litany of things that piss him off coupled with a bizarre sense of humor. Just be prepared that he will always try to upsell you, and if you don't comply you will get an attitude. However, the donuts are worth it.

A Baker's Wife is wonderful, though I always seem to get the tea cake instead of the donuts.

Mel-o-Glaze? No thanks. I went in once in the morning and they were serving stale stuff...at least a day old. There are too many great places in town for me to give them a second chance.

Nov 11, 2013
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Jerabeks Reopening!

What about the Skyway location?

Nov 11, 2013
gryffindor249 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

need a lunch place we can easily drive to from downtown st. paul

I say Carmellos on St. Clair and Snelling. Their lunch deal is outstanding, and they have their own parking lot.

Nov 07, 2013
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Caviar?

Where to get caviar in the Twin Cities? Both to take home, and to have it served to you...

Nov 02, 2013
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Favorite restaurants from the past

I still remember the commercial and slogan...

"Pop Shop doo we da da da da da...real soft drinks without the real hard price...POP SHOP!"

Oct 30, 2013
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Heidi's closing

Wouldn't the owners using money that customers paid for tips for their own usage be considered theft and fraud?

Oct 30, 2013
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JERABEKS CLOSED!

My guess is they own their building and paid off all their equipment a generation ago. Plus, I think they have quite a few commercial contracts. They cannot possibly make their way on retail..their storefront is a travesty.

Oct 25, 2013
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JERABEKS CLOSED!

PJ Murphys and the Roseville Bakery off of Lexington and Larpenteur are both nicely old fashioned and remarkably inexpensive.

Another wonder is A Baker's Wife in Minneapolis.

Jerabek's cream cheese coffee cake was amazing...they will be missed.

Oct 23, 2013
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what would you say are average state fair food prices 2013

I was there all day, and that was my experience.

Aug 22, 2013
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Seeking advice for the best of Minneapolis

That list is pretty much The Usual Suspects. You might want to try Al's Breakfast for a singular experience. Also, the breakfast at Hell's Kitchen is wonderful. And if you are going to be here before Labor Day, our Minnesota State Fair might blow your mind (provided you are guided to the best vendors).

Aug 20, 2013
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Great Asian Food near St Paul Hotel?

Another strong vote for Rum Mit Thai. It is wonderful, and just divey enough to feel authentic.

Also, Sakura is right across the street from The Saint Paul Hotel and is a very solid place for Flyover Country Sushi.

Aug 11, 2013
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MSP in 48 Hours: Reuters Edition

I love how they call the Light Rial a "tram."

Jul 20, 2013
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Gluten-Free Birthday Dinner In the Twin Cities?

I would encourage trying Brasa...I have never had a bad meal there. If you go to the St. Paul location you can step down to Cafe Latte afterward for one of their gluten-free cakes or cheesecakes.

Jul 20, 2013
gryffindor249 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Buttered Tin

Went for breakfast today....OUTSTANDING! Places like this could really help turn Lowertown into a destination in of itself. The Hash Brown Omelet is so creative, and full of fresh asparagus. I bought four cupcakes to go for later....but we had a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie already on our way out! But it's OK because breakfast came with a salad...it all balances out...

Jun 23, 2013
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