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Heggie's Pizza (MSP)

I'm wondering whether anyone knows where in St. Paul or Minneapolis I can find Heggie's pizza (the frozen pizza you find in bars in MN) to buy for the freezer at home. It's good stuff! Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Oct 08, 2008
gavagai in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grand between Fairview and Snelling (MSP)

I'll be moving here soon and I'm wondering what folks think of the restaurants there--the Italian Pie Shoppe, Huong Sen, Pad Thai, Coffee News Cafe, etc.--and others in the neighborhood. Any recommendations about particular dishes or must try's at particular places are especially welcome. Thanks in advance.

salad in the twin cities?

Anybody have any ideas about where to get good salads? We'll be in St. Paul, but we can go to Minneapolis if that's where you go to get the best.

Thanks in advance.

'Northwestern Food' in Salem

So it's clear, pho, bhan mi, and mexican taco restaurants/trucks are available in the midwest. The twin cities, for instance, have an abundance of pho joints--many of which are superior to the ones that get all the love in PDX (I've had both)--and there are a great many taco joints too.

Dec 15, 2007
gavagai in Pacific Northwest

What's the best thing you've eaten recently? [MSP]

Speaking of al Vento...

We went to al Vento last night to try it for the first time. We got a spot outside, which was nice, and I went for the caprese salad and the bucatini all'Amatriciana (both on the specials menu). Though the caprese came out looking great--huge slices of tomatoes and very fresh mozzarella and a chiffonade of basil--it had way too much salt on it. There was so much salt in there that I couldn't taste the other stuff. I had to send it back, even. (The waiter appologised and said he'd take it off the bill, but it was there when we paid in the end!)

The pasta was ok, still too salty but not nearly as bad as the salad. The noodles were sort of unwieldy. They were huge thick shoelaces of noodles which resisted being subdued by a fork.

The folks who ordered mains--lamb chops and tenderloin--were happy with them, and the other person who ordered pasta (fettuccine with clams, I think) mentioned that it was over seasoned also.

Not sure I'll be back...

What's the best thing you've eaten recently? [MSP]

I gotta say it seems to me like Ngon is nickel and diming it on the spring rolls. The ones I lately ordered were mostly lettuce and not much of the other stuff.

The ribeye in the pho was great--too often the beef in pho gets chewy but the ribeye stayed tender the whole way. I'm not sure that I'd say the broth was my favourite, though. It did seem to me pretty bland.

Try Quang, I guess, but also try a place like Pho Ca Dau and see what you think of those as a means of comparison...

Casa Vieja (Saint Paul)

Thanks for the post TDQ. I've been tempted to check it out and this gives me reason to think it wouldn't be a complete mistake...

Casa Vieja (Saint Paul)

I found myself driving past this place the other day. Has anyone been? Is it any good? I can't seem to find any info on it online...

Seafood in Minneapolis

Hmmm, "properly"... That's sort of a worrisome word to use in this context. If you mean to rule out the possibility of fried seafood as having been done properly, I guess you likewise rule out a distinction between properly and improperly fried calamari. And yet, of course, there is such a distinction!

St Paul Farmer's Market Tips?

I'm a St Paul Farmer's Market virgin, but I'm planning to make my way over there tomorrow. I thought I might see whether any of you have advice on what to look for and what to avoid. I'm hoping for good local meat and cheese and produce and so on. Any stands in particular that I shouldn't miss? Thanks in advance!

Moving to St Paul...

What a wonderful response! Thanks very much TDQ!

Moving to St Paul...

I'm making the move from Minneapolis to St Paul (this will be the first time I've lived east of the Mississippi). I'll be in the highland park area--close to Cleveland and Ford Parkway--so suggestions for that particular neighborhood are particularly welcome. But I'm also interested in hearing about other must eat spots in St Paul generally. My tastes are pretty wide ranging, so hearing about good Vietnamese joints and authentic Mexican joints along with good spots for burgers and beer and Italian and so on would be good. (I hear tell of a best of list crafted by TDQ, but I can't seem to find it in the archives.) Thanks in advance for your help!