St. Paul’s Finest Dining: Dinner

I realize that starting with Dinner seems a little backwards, but it’s my favorite meal to eat out for so it made sense to me to start with sharing some of my favorite dinner spots in St. Paul. Eating is a genuinely fun activity for me, so finding places like this that bring pure joy to me isn’t something I take lightly. I am the furthest thing from a picky eater, but these are the two restaurants that I eat at very regularly and have never been disappointed!

Red Cow: 393 Selby Avenue // St. Paul, MN 55102

Red Cow

Appetizer:

Red cow has several great appetizers, but our favorite go-to are the Scotch Eggs. I had actually never had Scotch Eggs before coming to Red Cow, but I probably won’t be trying them anywhere else. They’re perfect for sharing, and taste great! It’s a really unique dish that I always suggest when we bring friends to try for the first time.

Scotch Eggs

Also, try the Poutines.

Poutines: braised beef & Summit beer cheese or apples, bacon & bleu cheese. $10.50

Entrée:

I ALWAYS order the Manhattan 2.0 Burger at Red Cow. I can confidently say that it is the best burger I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of burgers! I’ve suggested it to people at nearby tables, and bragged about it to anyone asking for restaurant recommendations. I usually leave feeling uncomfortably full, but it is so worth it for the flavor explosion that is this meal.

Manhattan Burger

Red Cow grind (brisket, chuck, short rib & sirloin), bacon confit, Gruyere, arugula & dried cherry-red wine reduction on a pretzel bun. $16.75

Another great option- the 60/40 burger. This is more of the “classic” burger that my boyfriend usually goes for. There’s something to be said for a burger that’s just good for being a burger!

60% CAB® & 40% ground bacon patty, Wisconsin aged cheddar, beer mustard and candied bacon. $12.50

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60/40 Burger and Manhattan 2.0 Burger

If you’re looking for a little healthier option, or just aren’t hungry enough for a burger, the Red Cow Salad is also a great choice. The small is perfect for a small meal, especially if you have an appetizer beforehand. The large size is great for a full meal!

Crispy prosciutto, pine nuts, shaved parmesan, mixed greens & balsamic vinaigrette. $6.00 sm / $10.00 lg

They also have an awesome selection of beer and wine, both local and otherwise. We always have a great time at Red Cow, and the service is incredible. You’ll be asked how you’re doing by virtually every employee on staff and you can tell they genuinely want to know!

I will definitely continue to be a loyal customer of Red Cow, and I highly recommend it! You don’t even have to come to St. Paul to try it- they have two other locations as well!

Minneapolis 50th St. 3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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Minneapolis North Loop 208 1st Ave N, Minneapolis MN 55401

Check out their website here.

Saji Ya: 695 Grand Avenue // St. Paul, MN

Saji Ya

When we’re in the mood for sushi (which is at least once a week probably) we always go to Saji Ya on Grand Ave. in St. Paul. We’ve tried several different sushi spots around the Twin Cities, and Saji Ya is far and away our favorite. Bonus-it’s super close to our house!

Appetizer:

Obviously, edamame is our go-to appetizer at any sushi spot. But have you ever had spicy edamame? Well I will tell you that you won’t want to eat regular edamame after trying this. We’ve also tried spicy edamame at other sushi restaurants, but nothing compares to Saji Ya. The spice isn’t overpowering at all, and the flavor is amazing.

Spicy Edemame

Chile Edamame: Steamed soybeans with a spicy chili sauce. $6.50

If you’re into seafood, you also HAVE to try the Black Mussels. No joke, the broth that they come in is so good that they bring us spoons so we can drink it.

Black Mussels: One pound of steamed black mussels in a sweet and savory broth. $10.95

 

Sushi:

The one roll we ALWAYS get? The No. 9 Roll. I’m literally surprised every time at how good it is.

Sushi

Left to Right: No. 9, Rainbow, Spicy Tuna

No. 9: Shrimp tempura and spicy mayo inside; salmon, avocado, eel sauce and sesame outside.* 8 pc 17.00

 

From there, we usually rotate a few different rolls that are our faves:

Spicy Tuna: Tuna, avocado, spicy mayo and daikon sprouts.* 5pc $8.50
Spicy Salmon: Salmon, avocado, spicy mayo and daikon sprouts.* 5pc $8.50
Super Saji: Tuna, salmon, shrimp, yellowtail, gari (pickled ginger), spicy mayo inside; rolled inside out with tempura crunchies.* 8pc $12.50
New York: Spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber; daikon sprouts inside; tuna, avocado outside.* 8pc $17.00
Rainbow: Shrimp, cucumber inside; seven varieties of fish outside.* 8pc $16.95
Clean Plate
If sushi’s not your thing, not to worry! They also have other options such as Hot Pots, Bento Boxes and Tempura.
Check out their website here.
If you’re looking for a new spot to try, I highly recommend both of these options. They each truly do have something for everyone. You won’t be disappointed!
Do you have a favorite dinner spot in the Twin Cities? Tell me! I’m always hungry :).

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