Here are some of our local favorites. Of course, most of the national chain restaurants are in our area and have delivery services, but this is a list of special locally owned gems that we love to frequent.
Please check their websites for current hours and delivery services.
63 George Street West
St Paul, MN 55107
Our neighborhood favorite and an easy walk from the house.
Not the typical ice cream shop! Of course, there's ice cream in all shapes and sizes, and hamburgers and fries. But there are also excellent coffees and traditional Latino dishes.
A neighborhood classic for take out or outdoor eating.
Open from April-October (with free ice cones for all on Oct 31st!).
WALDMANN BREWERY & WURSTERY
445 Smith Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
A recently restored gem, a visit to Waldmann's is a must! The building itself is a St. Paul treasure - built in 1857, it's the oldest existing business structure in the city. The German-themed menu and drink offerings are hearty and authentic.
Waldmann's hosts events such as presentations by local historians and live music.
Indoor eating as well as large outdoor patio.
HOPE BREAKFAST BAR
1 South Leach Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
A gift to the city of St. Paul! Bringing new life and vision to an old fire station, there's really nothing we know of with which to compare Hope Breakfast Bar. Visionary in concept; excellent in execution. You really need to try it!
180 Grand AvenueSt Paul, MN 55102
An exceptional locally-owned coffee shop experience. Unique menu items (including a selection of crepes) and beverages ranging from the traditional to the unusual. It's usually busy because it's so loved!
211 - 7th Street West
A St. Paul mainstay since 1911, Cossetta's has all things Italian: a casual dining pizza eatery (with way more than pizza), a fine-dining ristorante, and even an authentic grocery. We've never known anyone to leave Cossetta's disappointed.
EMMETT'S PUBLIC HOUSE
695 Grand Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105
An authentic Irish pub with great fare and drink as well as experienced wait-staff. Don't be deterred by the blah exterior - once inside, you'll feel as if you're in Ireland! A perfect place for a relaxed lunch or dinner by their cozy fireplace.
879 Smith Avenue SouthWest St. Paul, MN 55118
A casual coffee shop with well-prepared coffees, baked good (including some gluten-free offerings), and light meals. A quiet place to relax with a book or spread out to work.
EL BURRITO MERCADO
175 Cesar Chavez Street
A family venture since 1979, El Burrito Mercado offers a vibrant Mexican experience: a restaurant (inside and patio), a deli, and a full-service market! We love having such a thriving local business so nearby.
BOCA CHICA TACO HOUSE
407 South Wabasha
St. Paul, MN 55107
Boca Chica Taco House for fast food and it's sister, Boca Chica Restaurante, for sit-down dining are another family-run business that we like to recommend. It's heartening to see family members of all ages working together to make these established restaurants St. Paul favorites.
W. A. FROST
374 Selby Avenue
We think of W. A. Frost as the finest of St. Paul's fine dining. Established, not trendy; Frost's has served in the storied Cathedral Hill neighborhood since 1975. Its atmosphere (inside or on the patio) feels very European. Frost's just can't be surpassed for ambiance. While well-known for their Sunday brunch, Frost is special for any occasion. We've celebrated many memorable events there!
850 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
A favorite of ours since it opened in the 1980s, Cafe Latte never disappoints! It's a great place for a quick meal or a long chat. A wide selection of house-made sandwiches, soups, salads, and brick oven pizzas and a simply incredible selection of excellent desserts.
CAPITAL VIEW CAFE
637 Smith Avenue South
Where do we go for a good local breakfast, you ask? Capital View Cafe, we say. Another family-owned and family-run business that has been serving the West Side for years. All of the best-loved breakfast or lunch items, as well as some unique ones. We suggest you try the Churro Waffles as a breakfast dessert (think: state fair mini donuts in waffle form - best shared!).
KEG AND CASE MARKET928 West Seventh Street St. Paul, MN 55102
You're not sure what you're in the mood for? Go to Keg and Case Market! This is NOT a food court! It's a culinary and artisan market with a variety excellent chef-driven restaurants. It's located in one of the buildings of the stunning, historic Schmidt brewery. There will be something to please every palate in your party.
THE ITALIAN PIE SHOPPE
1670 Grand Avenue
A St. Paul favorite - known for great pizza.
LA COSTA MEXICAN GRILLE
194 Cesar Chavez Street
Known for great service and excellent food including the best guacamole we have ever had!
917 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55015
In the mood for French food? Head to Salut! Consistently excellent. Cozy European ambiance.
CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL
239 Selby Avenue
MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.St. Paul, MN 55155
COMO ZOO AND CONSERVATORY
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.St. Paul, MN 55102
SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
JAMES J. HILL HOUSE
240 Summit AvenueSt. Paul, MN 55102651-297-2555
WEST ST. PAUL ANTIQUES
880 Smith Avenue South
St. Paul, MN 55118
168 George Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Would you like to have flowers delivered to The Samuel Dearing House to be waiting for your special St. Paul stay? Or do you need to pick up an arrangement for an event you're attending while you're in town? We can't recommend Hills Floral more highly! They have a wide selection of very fresh flowers. They specialize in exquisite Ecuadorian roses. Their design sense is excellent and they listen well and are eager to please. They recently did all of the floral arrangements for our daughter's wedding - we were very pleased.
541 Ohio Street
If our guests need services for hair, make-up, brows, or waxing, we suggest Foxface! Just a couple blocks away - why would I drive out of our neighborhood when this great little salon with friendly professionals is right here?
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