Beirut Restaurant1385 S Robert St St. Paul, MN 55118 US +1-651-457-4886
WEST ST. PAUL. This appealing Middle Eastern restaurant enjoys a fine reputation with the downtown lunch crowd, and it's not uncommon to see more than one table filled with business people. Beirut serves traditional Lebanese dishes like baba ghanouj, beef and lamb kebabs, hummus, and falafel. If you can't come at lunch for one of their awesome pitas, make an effort to show up for dinner on Friday or Saturday night when patrons are treated to belly dancing or on select Saturdays when there is live Arabic music.
Bon Vie Bistro & A Piece of Cake485 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-846-0016
DOWNTOWN / CATHEDRAL HILL. The large picture window and bright-colored walls are the perfect compliments to the fresh food at this neighborhood breakfast bistro. This cozy spot is a favorite among locals, and famous people are known to stop in from time to time, too. The creative menu changes twice monthly, but regulars can expect favorites like Mexican omelets and caramelized banana chocolate pancakes. Yes, life is good at Bon Vie.
Bread & Chocolate867 Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 US +1-651-228-1017
GRAND AVENUE. Sister restaurant of the popular Cafe Latte, Bread & Chocolate has a loyal group of regulars of its own. This Victoria Square bakery specializes in everything that tickles your fancy crescent rolls, brownies, fudge and all sorts of cookies. For those who like to eat a little something more than dessert at mealtimes, Bread & Chocolate also serves several excellent specialty sandwiches.
Carmelo's238 S Snelling Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 US +1-651-699-2448
MACALESTER. One step into the paneled dining room of this restaurant, and you'll know immediately that you're in for a feast of epic proportions. Customers are made to feel like old friends as they sit at simply decorated tables covered with green tablecloths. The menu is "old-style," and Carmelo's specialties include a variety of seafood pasta dishes salmon with angel hair is a favorite. To conclude, your server will ply you with a tempting dessert tray.
Cheng Heng448 University Ave St. Paul, MN 55103 US +1-651-222-5577
MIDWAY. Looking for a taste of Cambodia? Cheng Heng has just what you need. This popular restaurant boasts a menu that's at once exciting and exotic. If you stop in for lunch or dinner, try authentic dishes like quob poob (curry noodles soup), plear (a salad of sliced beef and sauce-covered vegetables), or leah chah (mussels sautéed with Asian basil, garlic, and scallions). Don't be put off by unfamiliar names; just dive into the restaurant's terrific Asian fare.
Cherokee Tavern886 Smith Ave S St. Paul, MN 55118 US +1-651-457-2729
WEST ST. PAUL. The Cherokee Tavern, the quintessential American steakhouse, sports all of the masculine autographs and Americana that you'd expect. Even so, the restaurant wisely places food ahead of atmosphere and is famous in the Twin Cities for its extra-thick \"Steak of the Millennium,\" a much-requested top sirloin. Try this scrumptious piece of beef with a side of onion rings, a salad, or a loaded baked potato.
D'Amico & Sons975 Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 US +1-651-227-9933
GRAND AVENUE / DOWNTOWN. Grand Avenue's D'Amico & Sons offers a trendy, even upscale option for those craving excellent Italian take-out. This serve-yourself, deli-style restaurant has the charming look and feel of an Italian grocery, carrying everything from olive oil to traditional herbs and spices. Surprisingly good entrées include their seafood ravioli, margherita pizza and yellow fin tuna. If you're in a hurry at lunch, you can even fax in your order.
Egg and I2550 University Ave W St. Paul, MN 55114 US +1-651-647-1292
MIDWAY. Eggs any way you like them are featured here, including terrific, well-stuffed omelets. Skillet breakfasts, French toast and waffles also appear on the menu. If you're up for a hearty meal, look for the kamikaze pancakes buttermilk, multigrain, sourdough, or buckwheat pancakes topped with bananas, blueberries and nuts. Egg and I is a friendly, welcoming place to start your day!
El Café Restaurant175 Cesar Chavez St St. Paul, MN 55107 US +1-651-227-2192
WEST ST. PAUL. The area around Holman Field doesn't boast much in the way of good restaurants, but this Mexican eatery is an exception. It's difficult to imagine anybody who wouldn't be tempted upon entering, because the staff casually puts beautifully made burritos, gorditas, and tacos on display. Tastes are as terrific as aromas, and regulars know that the specialty is the torta, a knee-knocking bean-and-beef combo topped with avocado and onion.
Forepaugh's Restaurant276 S Exchange St St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-224-5606
DOWNTOWN / IRVINE PARK. For nearly 150 years, Joseph Lybrandt Forepaugh's impressive mansion has maintained a watchful eye over the historic Irvine Park area. The restored Victorian home boasts antiques, elegant chandeliers, and period furnishings. Locals have long considered Forepaugh's menu among the best in town, and representative entrees include lamb loin with thyme-infused sauce, spiced mango chicken, and halibut with coconut curry. Desserts are fabulous too; look for a dark chocolate parfait or a revelatory banana cream pie.