Villa Pizza

3001 White Bear Ave
St. Paul, 55109
Reviews:
Always great customer service here. Food is pretty good. Always makes me have to crap instantly. Five stars.

(651) 748-4138

Pizza

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Surdyk’s Flights

Minneapolis Airport,Terminal 1-Lindbergh, 4300 Glumack Dr
St. Paul, 55111
Reviews:
Probably one of the better places to dine at in MSP. They have the new dining options in G opening soon but right now, Flights is all you need. I had the Charcuterie plate, the Soba noodles and Salami sandwich on baguette instead of ciabatta. All very tasty and well presented. You can purchase wine to take with you without having to ship it which is a nice option. The service is slow and the set up is strange. They had two counter people, two cooks and one dining area server. The dining area server had to take and run all the food in the dining room as well as outside "patio" while the one counter person takes care of the wine bar and one counter person takes care of the register. In a well oiled machine maybe this would work but when no one is at the wine bar or in line for take out, the two just sit there. At least take or deliver food to the people sitting at the counter. I sat down at 12:45 with a flight at 1:57. Between ordering, waiting for the food to show up and eating, I didn't get to finish my meal and instead took the rest to go. NOTE: I would have given 4 stars if things had gone more smoothly and quickly. Placing the order took a while because the server was busy. The food was made pretty quickly but sat in the pass. I actually asked one of the counter people to grab our food since we were pressed for time but instead she waited then told our server we were waiting for our food. Maybe they are not allowed to because of some rule but it was definitely an irritating reaction to an already irritating situation. I got to my gate at 1:50, just in time to board. My gate was a three minute walk so do the math. 12:45 to 1:47 to order then eat a few bites of soba and half sandwich. I actually had to pay as soon as the food came out because we didn't have anymore time.
How refreshing... Great place to relax. Fortunate (?) to have 3 hours to kill before my flight. Had the brownie and "Tour of Italy" flight. All very good! Plus fantastic selection of music.
I'm a big fan of Surdyk's in Northeast Minneapolis (both the store and the deli), so I was excited to try Surdyk's Flights the last time I was at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. The experience was great -- the food is made when you order it, the wine and beer selection is second to none, and this is now my favorite place to eat when at the airport. I suggest sitting at the counter or bar, since you can watch the kitchen staff create the artsy plates.

(612) 727-2323

Food, American (New), Wine Bars

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Burning Brothers Brewing

1750 W Thomas Ave
St. Paul, 55104
Reviews:
Awesome GF beer that actually tastes like beer. And it's good!!! You can purchase growlers too which is awesome. I want to spend hours here lol
A brewhouse. An amazing brewhouse. The first thing you'll see upon entering this warehouse-area taproom is the sign on the door saying "This is a gluten free facility" meaning guests and employees alike cannot bring gluten-containing foods inside. I'll get to the beer in a minute. There are cupcakes. Scrumptious and beautiful, the flavor changes every few weeks. But I haven't had a flavor yet that I haven't wanted (or eaten!) more than one in an evening. Fridays, there is Food on Fridays. In the summer, this means food trucks with only gluten free fare! In the winter, there are vendors who do "Chef's Table" with only gluten free food. Chow Girls, T-Bone from Tollefson Farm Pork, Rusty Taco, and Crazy Puppy are my favorites. Onto the beer, finally! Pyro is the American Pale Ale, and the flagship beer. It is the one available in stores and restaurants in the beautiful white cans. I like it better out of the tap than the can. And infusions of Pyro. Orange-blossom honey infusion for those with a sweeter taste. The other infusions are seasonal: lime, cranberry, raspberry, blackberry. They are all delicious but I like the lime the best of the infusions. Roasted Coffee Ale. Has been a mainstay for months now and a delicious coffee-brown ale. I wish I could say fancy things about beer but I just know what I like and most of my growlers have been filled with the Coffee in the past. And brewers choice. There have been Imperial Stouts, Black Pepper Porter (MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!) and the newest is the BBB Lager. Pretty dang good for a lager. Would go great with pizza (hey Hannah.... Pizza and lager???) Growlers and the 175ml "Grumblers" are for sale on Thursday til 8pm and open to close on Friday and Saturday. There are special prices on Thursdays. Sunday the taproom is open. It is awesome for socializing (no sports on TV, sorry!). There is a GINORMOUS collection of games including Cards Against Humanity. There are weekly "Sunday Funday" happenings. But no growlers on Sunday due to MN law. And did I mention the great people you'll meet there?!! Yeah, that will happen. I promise. It is family friendly, dog friendly, and 100% GLUTEN FREE! So maybe you'll find me there sometime. I'll be the one with beer and 2 cupcakes...
Friendly staff, the beer definitely takes getting used to as it is gluten free. Definitely worth a try if you're in the area, have had great experiences there. The fused ales are awesome.

(651) 444-8882

Breweries, Gluten-Free

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The St. Paul Grill

350 Market St
St. Paul, 55102
Reviews:
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(651) 224-7455

American (Traditional), Breakfast & Brunch

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White Castle

1120 University Ave W
St. Paul, 55104
Reviews:
Little tastie burgers . . . Yea, that simple and good ! This store has always performed well - orders correct on drive thru, stop in and order a 30 count craver and you won't be waiting for an hour
Flying back with a crave case because thats the only way to fly! There are no White Castles in Tulsa (buying the frozen sliders doesn't count) so if you need a fix you have to grab them when you can. They cheap, greasy, and fill that hole in your gut like nothing else can. 30 of these things will last me a couple of days and breaking them out of the fridge and popping them in the microwave works like Taco Tico tacos, great the next day.
Little bit sketchy, But the sliders are worth it. No, I don't have change! Had to get my White Castle fix today. This location is on my beaten path. Not the greatest of hoods. Witnessed an extremely heated and loud verbal argument between boyfriend and girlfriend. Was also pestered repeatedly for change by this one dude. I guess he took my ignoring him as encouragement. Just kept my head down and enjoyed the goodness of what I crave. I really didn't have any change - pretty much a plastic only guy. 4 stars for the IGH location - never seen any drama there.

(651) 645-4881

Fast Food, Burgers

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Bread and Chocolate

867 Grand Ave
St. Paul, 55105
Reviews:
So, my first visit to bread and chocolate was today for lunch. I ordered a panini with turkey and swiss. My wife ordered a potato egg and cheese one. When we got our food, we got in the car and drove home. Only to discover, they hadn't given us any of the sause, nor my side salad. Also, they had given me the wrong sandwich. So, why do they have 4 stars and not 1? After discovering they had given me the wrong sandwich, I went back. We only live about 5 minutes away, and I had some words for them. When I got into the shop, I walked up to the counter, waited for them to finish with a customer and said quite plainly that I had received the wrong sandwich. Almost immediately the manager became involved, re-made my sandwich personally, and refunded my money without ANY prompting whatsoever. That in itself is pretty amazing. What's more, the food itself was great! My wife LOVED the potato-egg-cheese panini, and mine was also pretty great. (Once it was right, though having had a couple bites of the original, that one was good too.) At any rate, I am quite sure that we will be back, despite the initial problems. Also, we had a cookie and a chocolate scone danish thing. Also fantastic.
They make a great latte and my cheese croissant was flaky and oh so good!
They claim to have the best brownies in the Twin Cities and they are not wrong! However, I like to get their chocolate croissants - they're just decadent. The place is always packed so I recommend getting your treats and coffee to go (I've never had their cafe sandwiches so I can't comment on those). Overall, this place is a gem.

(651) 228-1017

Bakeries, Coffee & Tea

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Bruegger’s Bagels

Sun Ray Shopping Center,2133 Hudson Road,Ste 3
St. Paul, 55119
Reviews:
My girlfriend and I stop by multiple times a week, and are never disappointed. Fresh, quality ingredients and excellent service makes this place special. Rarely can you find a bagel that is delicious all by itself. You need to try their breakfast sandwiches. The skinny zesty egg white breakfast sandwich is to die for, with the sun dried tomato spread and a fresh everything bagel, nothing beats it. Also, caribou coffee is joined with it, which is also great because the coffee is great. The only down side is that they use the same knives to cut everyone bagels, leaving you with an onion taste on a blueberry bagel (not ideal). I will always love Bruegger's. It will not disappoint.
I liked this place better when it was just a Bruegger's. I am not sure I am totally diggin' the whole Caribou/Bruegger's marriage. I have been here on several occasions, mostly because this location is an easy place to meet up. Every time, the tables seem dirty, the staff has not been trained properly because they make mistakes on drinks, and the leads or managers are grumpy. The bagels always seem consistent but the Caribou drinks do not. I miss my Bruegger's coffee! I purposely seek out Bruegger's that do not have a Caribou attached for this reason. I hope this idea does not fly and they discontinue it. I love both Caribou and Bruegger's but not together!! They need to divorce soon!
Staff is definitely hit or miss. Although the manager is great. Great coffee. Great Food. Just a tip. Try to get a table near the back or near the windows...less noise. Cause it's pretty busy and noisy in the front.

(651) 578-0580

Bagels, Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches

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Bruegger’s Bagels

1 West 7th Place
St. Paul, 55102
Reviews:
Never disappoints when I am in need of a piping hot bagel right out of the oven (if you happen to time your visit at the right moment). I frequently find myself wandering over on a lazy Saturday/Sunday when I don't feel like going to sit down brunch or around 2pm when I'm now waking up and need breakfast food. Breakfast All Day, sounds good to me. The service is great, a very friendly staff, the décor is just like any other Bruegger's you have found yourself in before and the place is always clean. If you are in need of some bagels for the week you should make sure you visit on Wednesday s, were they have a 6 pack of (the day before) bagels for really cheap (will have to visit again on a Wednesday to get the price).
Sometimes you want a bagel schmear and you're willing to do what you need to get it. At these times, this place will serve. This is a franchise, so the coffee is good and the bagel schmear won't disappoint when you get it. The manager is unwelcoming and the service is either adequate (on a good day) or surprising slow. Even when the servers out number the patrons, the servers seem to struggle. This is not a bagel shop where you'll find free refills and wifi. it's a grab-and-go location. There is a Yiddish saying that comes to mind: Az me muz, ken men. It means when one must (come to a place like this to get a schmear) one can (endure a place like this to get a schmear). If there were a better bagel and schmear nearby, I'd send you there.
I had the smoked salmon breakfast sandwich. It was good, but not great. Tomatoes were pretty much tasteless. The bagel was too small for a sandwich like this, making it a little difficult to eat. Service was fast and polite, as should be expected at a bagel place. I would go back here.

(651) 225-4363

Bagels, Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches

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South China Island Inn II

1420 Rice St
St. Paul, 55117
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Love this place! They use NO MSG and the quality of food is authentic. A family run est. I have eaten here for the most of 20yrs.. Please try the shrimp foo young!!!! Purely awesome!!! Enjoy
This was a TERRIBLE eating experience. The shrimp in the Kung Pao shrimp dish tasted moldy and hadn't been properly deveined - or deveined at all. The food smelled terrible in the bag. My sister's Chicken Fried Rice had old-looking, mushy pieces of chicken. Neither of us ate much of the food. I picked out stale peanuts and tried to eat just the veggies and rice. Unfortunately, either the brown, brackish sauce or my first and only bite of shrimp made me ill. My sister watched me eat and simply threw her food away. I suffered an almost immediate stomachache and one of the worst aftertastes I've experienced since I ate dirt on an elementary playground. I like to patronize small businesses, but this restaurant can go under tomorrow for all I care. Horrible food.
Great food great price:)

(651) 488-7849

Chinese

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Eagle Street Grille

174 7th St W
St. Paul, 55102
Reviews:
Going here on St. Patrick's Day pretty much made me want to come back never. They were busy. Duh. I expected slow/no service. I expected crowds. Heck, I even expected impossible lines to the bathroom and a bit of rudeness as various employees struggled to keep their sanity. I came in forgiving. And sober. Which might have been my problem. Maybe if I had already been drunk I would have been able to overlook the toilets overflowing with... well... all manner of things one uses a toilet for. Staff couldn't really do much about it I suppose, but they ignored anyone who told them about the issue. And then they must have...run out of something? (Rumors say beer.) Because at 12:30 (about a half hour after I got there) we were all being herded out the door. Not politely herded out the door--shoved out the door by security (this was everyone in the bar, not just us). I was surprised by this and asked what time they closed. "Different times, but for you--now," said the guy as he herded me out of my chair. I raised a calm and ignored protest of, "Um, my sister is in the bathroom--can I wait for her?" "She'll find you later--time to leave," was the response. As he was pushing me away, I realized that in the confusion I had left my sweater on my chair. I asked to go get it (calmly and soberly, but at this point I was branded a troublemaker, apparently?). They didn't let me get my sweater--one of the shovers got it--but in the meantime, another guy started yelling at me to get out in spite me trying to explain the situation and even pointing to his co-worker who was searching for said sweater and returning shortly. Didn't get to finish my one drink of the night. Which was not cheap, as far as regular ol' Jameson and ginger ale goes. Maybe it'd be more fair to return on a non-holiday before writing Eagle Street Grille off, but I didn't consider my experience to be exactly "fair" and it's certainly not worth the trouble of a second chance if there's even a remote possibility that I'd be treated a fraction as badly as my first experience.
Been here a few times now when in town visiting a friend. This is his regular joint and it's a great place to meet up with friends or hang out before/after an event at the Xcel Center across the street. Haven't tried the food yet but the drinks are strong and the service is great. Love the small patio out back.
So my next foodie search is for good Beef Tips. The last time I had them was at Trocaderos, which sadly closed. The Beef Tips here were pretty good, I must say. Inclusion of onion blossoms and peppers really added to the overall flavor. The cut of meat was quality (no fat or grist to be seen!). The staff was friendly and I liked the "old school Saint Paul" feel of the Prohibition era of the names of the items on the menu.

(651) 225-1382

American (Traditional)

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