Bennett’s Chop & Railhouse

1305 West Seventh Street
A casual steakhouse with nightly specials for top-of-the-line cuts. $$

Big Daddy’s Old Fashioned Barbeque

625 University Avenue
Serving old-fashioned BBQ you can’t beat, this community institution is across from the Rondo Library in the heart of Frogtown. $

Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Avenue
Small, popular pub with fun Americana décor, known for its Juicy Blucy (bleu cheese–stuffed burger) and tots or, for the slightly more health conscious, fried green beans. $

Cafe Latté

850 Grand Avenue
Cafeteria, bakery, and pizza wine bar—this Victoria Crossing landmark is three establishments in one. The ambiance is enveloping and the cheesecake unforgettable. $$


435 North Wabasha Street
A downtown institution since 1932 with a mom-and-pop atmosphere. The Willy Wonka–esque assortment of candies and flavored popcorn will take you back in time. $

Cecils Delicatessen

651 South Cleveland Avenue
Family-owned establishment committed to quality deli fare for three generations. Made-from-scratch soups and sandwiches make for a great bag lunch. Delivery and catering available. $

Cherokee Tavern

886 South Smith Avenue
A West Saint Paul landmark established in 1933. Serving traditional steaks, seafood, and spirits. Catering available. $$-$$$

Commodore Bar & Restaurant

79 Western Avenue
The once-upon-a-time stomping grounds of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Commodore has been renewed to its Jazz Age glory and is once again serving up cocktails and classic dishes in a gorgeous Art Deco setting. Catering and room rentals available. $$-$$$$

Cossetta Alimentari

211 West Seventh Street
Cossetta dining options include cafeteria-style classic Italian food at its casual Eatery & Pizzeria, or the new third-floor, upscale Louis Ristorante & Bar. Don’t miss Cosetta’s gourmet grocery shop. $

Dixie’s on Grand

695 Grand Avenue
Casual dining and Southern comfort with live jazz and soul throughout the week. $$

Downtowner Woodfire Grill

253 West Seventh Street
A comfortable retreat with classic meat cuts grilled over an oak wood–burning grill for unbeatable home-cooked flavor. $$

Fabulous Fern’s Bar & Grill

400 Selby Avenue
Classic entrées, salads, pastas, and sandwiches, plus a kids’ menu, Sunday brunch, and weekly features. $$-$$$


276 South Exchange Street
New American cuisine and 19th century manners in a historic setting. Enjoy a sandwich or burger in the casual downstairs room, or dine on Beef Wellington upstairs. $$ (downstairs) $$$ (upstairs)

Grand Ole Creamery

750 Grand Avenue
A classic ice cream parlor and pizzeria. $

Grandview Grill

1818 Grand Avenue
All-American diner in pursuit of the perfect breakfast and lunch for more than 20 years. $


289 East Fifth Street
A nightly changing menu of gourmet Midwest cuisine using local, organic, sustainable ingredients from small family farmers. An attached gourmet deli sells meats, produce, and dairy. $$-$$$$

Hunan Garden

380 Cedar Street
Specials include fragrant shrimp, Hunan beef, and enhanced karaoke and entertainment on Thursdays. $$

Keys Cafe & Bakery

767 Raymond Avenue
500 North Robert Street
The made-from-scratch recipes you grew up with and service that takes you back home. Open since 1973, the Raymond Avenue location serves breakfast and lunch; the Robert Street location stays open until 9 p.m. every day. Catering available. $

Lee & Dee’s Bar-B-Que Express

161 North Victoria Street
Ribs and catfish served up right by this welcoming husband-wife team. $

Mancini’s Char House & Lounge

531 West Seventh Street
A Saint Paul institution since 1948. Serving charbroiled steak and lobster in a lounge as classic as the day it was built. Live music every Thursday through Saturday. $$$

Mickey’s Diner

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36 West Seventh Street
An amusing Art Deco dining car on the National Register of Historic Places. Open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. $

Minnesota Music Cafe

499 Payne Avenue
“Where the food’s great and the music’s cooking!” Live blues, jazz, soul, and a packed dance floor are staples at this first-rate venue. $

Moscow on the Hill

371 Selby Avenue
Post-perestroika Russian dining and the essential vodka bar on Cathedral Hill, serving Russian comfort foods such as chicken Kiev, borscht, and blini. A secluded, vine-laden patio is tucked in the back. $$


492 South Hamline Avenue
Offering up your favorite burger—the Juicy Lucy—and scrumptious fries. $

Padelford Packet Boat Co.

Harriet Island
Riverboat rides departing from Harriet Island offer a variety of meal cruises, including a sunset dinner cruise and a “Lunch & Lock” through the Ford Lock and Dam. $$

Patrick McGovern’s Pub

225 West Seventh Street
Pub food and drinks in a historic brick building with a three-tiered outdoor dining patio. $

Russian Tea House

1758 West University Avenue
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Open just one day a week (Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), this Russian “fast food” diner serves borscht, cabbage rolls, and real Russian tea. The house specialty is the piroshki, or Russian hamburger. Chocolate and pastries also available. $

St. Clair Broiler

1580 St. Clair Avenue
Burgers, sandwiches, malts, and buttermilk fried chicken in a classic American diner across from Macalester College. $

St. Paul Corner Drug

240 South Snelling Avenue
A Saint Paul institution since 1922, this independently owned pharmacy still has its old-fashioned soda fountain selling ice cream, shakes, floats, pastries—and a cup of coffee for a nickel. $

St. Paul Grill

The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
Impeccable service and classic American entrées; Scotch, whiskey, and cognac for the connoisseurs. $$$

Tavern on Grand

656 Grand Avenue
Go for the fried walleye and log cabin décor. $$

Tin Cup’s

1220 Rice Street
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North End burger bar featured on “Man v. Food Nation.” Juicy Lucys and sandwiches served on checkered diner paper. $

Tongue in Cheek

989 Payne Avenue
An East Side eating, drinking, and cavorting establishment with Southern and international influences. Serves weekend brunch. $$

W.A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Avenue
Incomparable ambience and an old-world wine cellar to complement romantic artisanal cuisine. The patio is equally beautiful. To top it off, the food is sustainably and locally sourced. $$ (lunch) $$$ (dinner)

Yarusso-Bros. Italian Restaurant

635 Payne Avenue
Family-owned Italian classic since 1933; famous for its Francesco’s sauce and bocce ball. $