Grab Snacks and Cocktails Along Grand Avenue’s Most Charming Stretch – St. Paul, MN

May 23, 2021 | eat/drink, evergreen

Iron Ranger’s Porketta nachos, a beer and a view | Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Eater Twin Cities: Grand Avenue, located between Dale Street in the east and Fairview Avenue in the west, is a charming stretch in St. Paul dotted with charming shops and restaurants. The neighborhood keeps the chains at bay, so it’s a fantastic place to get a taste of locally grown businesses. There are dining icons like Tavern on Grand and Dixie’s; modern twists on classic diners like Colossal Cafe and Iron Ranger, plus worldly flavors from Khyber Pass and Shish Cafe.

1. Grand Catch

1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-8541

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Crack into this lively seafood boil, pile on the by-the-pound seafood in buttery sauce or tour the rest of the menu – it’s impossible to go wrong. Non-seafood-fans will love the massive fried chicken sandwich and the ice cream cone desserts.

An orange cocktail in a tall glass sits at the edge of a table in front of wall of green plants and a pink neon sign that reads, “What’s Crackin’”
The full bar is a popular stop near Macalester College | Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

2. Shish

1668 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-2212

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Shish is known for fabulous gyros, giant salads and scratch made desserts. The lovely breakfast offerings, including a spicy shakshuka, are worth rolling out of bed for.

A little facelift for the room, but the food is as good as ever | Shish/Facebook

3. Colossal Café

1340 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 414-0543

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A sunny bistro, which also has a location on Como Avenue, the breakfast menu reigns supreme here, with plate sized, yeasted pancakes, or Flappers. Order them topped with brie, apples and walnut. The Grand location also offers a full-service espresso bar that includes a nitrogen-infused cool brew, perfect for the summer months.

4. The Uptowner Café on Grand

1100 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-0406

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The iconic breakfast joint on the corner of Grand and Lexington serves the type of greasy spoon menu many eateries have left behind in favor of granola and quinoa. From giant platters of Cajun breakfasts to mid-day BLTs, Uptowner fills your daily carb requirements the old fashioned-way.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 289-4990

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This historic restaurant has it all for anyone looking for a well-earned night out. Enjoy supper club fare in the fancy dining room, a classic cocktail at the bar, a juicy burger in the Williamsburg Room, or better yet, head upstairs to the patio for a glass of Frosé.

6. Iron Ranger

1085 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 487-1913

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Honoring Minnesota’s hard-working communities of the Iron Range, this eatery serves tender porketta, pasties and ice cold Hamms beers. The colorful patio is ready for your next happy hour.

Facing the Iron Ranger’s front window is a cutting board loaded with nachos next to a pint of beer
Porketta nachos, a beer and a view | Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

7. Thirty-Six Cafe

Thick slice of white bread topped with ice cream, strawberries, and a drizzle of honey

 Ice cream and honey topped toast toast | Emily Winters / Eater Twin Cities

949 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

This gorgeous blush-colored cafe is dripping in elegant florals, serving unique sweet treats like souffle pancakes and toast with scoops of ice cream and honey. During the pandemic, the café adjusted by creating stunning take home platters to rival any charcuterie display.

8. Salut Bar Americain

917 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 917-2345

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Gather the gang for Le Grand Boeuf, the family-style feast for ten that is sure to impress any time of the year. Salut is known for its happy hour, so this is a great spot take in the afternoon sun on the classic patio.

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9. Cafe Latte

850 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-5687

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This grown-up cafeteria has a vast array of offerings. Cafe Latte wisely places decadent desserts at the front, but if you can navigate away from the shiny cases filled with layered beauties and cheesecakes dotted with giant strawberries, you will be rewarded with freshly made sandwiches and salads treasured by visitors since 1984.

10. Hyacinth

790 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 478-1822

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A New York chef and his small team relocated from the bit city to Saint Paul to open this darling little Italian restaurant that is ideal for long, intimate conversations over date-night worthy Italian food. Remember date nights?

The small, light-filled interior of Hyacinth
Big city style dining in comfy Saint Small | Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

11. Red Rabbit

788 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 444-5995

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The second outpost of Minneapolis’ beloved pizza and pasta restaurant is serving a nearly identical menu with a little more elbow room in the former Wild Onion space. There’s an enormous wine and craft beer list, plus a whole book of cocktails.

Meatballs Joy Summers / Eater Twin Cities

12. Brasa Premium Rotisserie

777 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 224-1302

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From the mind and soul of award-winning chef Alex Roberts, comes this spacious, urban restaurant featuring rotisserie meats and craveable Southern-esque sides. While most folks think of Brasa as being meat-centric, the vegetarian options are plentiful, and the sides are where the place truly stands out, showcasing Southern classics like creamed spinach with Jalapeño, sweet fried plantains or tender, spicy masa cakes.

A feast at Brasa
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13. Punch Neapolitan Pizza

769 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 602-6068

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The Grand Avenue location is one of twelve for this locally-owned mini pizza empire. The super thin Neapolitan style pies, with crackling, charred blisters of dough and toppings like fresh mozzarella di bufala, basil and Mt. Vesuvio tomatoes are what gets everyone in the door, but the flavorful, complex salads are not to be missed.

14. Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza

750 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 293-1655

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Follow the inviting aroma of baking waffle cones to the red door of Grand Ole Creamery. In the summertime, the lines often extend down the block, but the pure joy of grabbing a curbside seat with a cone of rich, dripping ice cream is what these days are all about.

15. India House

758 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 293-9124

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For an elegant evening of traditional Indian cuisine, stop by at the India House next to Grand Ole Creamery. The crimson and gold decor transports you out of St. Paul, where diners can linger over tandoori special for two.

95 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-7345

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The menu at Dixie’s, created by a Louisiana native, brings to mind a lingering Southern Sunday dinner, complete with bowls of gumbo, crab bisque and golden fried chicken served on a lively street-side patio. Emmett’s Public House in the former Dixie’s party room next door is the perfect spot for an after-dinner cocktail.

17. Saji Ya

695 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-0444

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Enter boisterous Saji Ya, and staff will belt out greetings as you cross the tiny bridge into the heart of the dining room. Upstairs, teppanyaki tables glow in darkened corners, each throw of a shrimp eliciting oohs and ahhhs from gathered diners. There is also an extensive menu of sushi, small plates, bento and hot pot choices.

18. Tavern on Grand

656 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 228-9030

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The iconic St. Paul tavern has long been known for its walleye, served grilled, deep-fried or pan blackened, with an assortment of up-at-the-cabin sides like coleslaw or cottage cheese, all in a Northwoods setting.

19. French Meadow Bakery & Café

1662 Grand Ave

St Paul, MN 55105

(651) 789-8870

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French Meadow’s St. Paul Fido-friendly patio is the stuff of dreams, as is their health-focused menu. Munch on ultra fresh salads and plant based bowls or dive into a plate of organic chicken wings caressed with Caribbean dry rub.

20. Everest on Grand

1278 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-1666

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Dine-in lunch service is offered on Mondays and Thursdays but take-out orders of simple dishes packed with Nepalese, Tibetan and North Indian flavors are available all week.

21. Bap and Chicken

1328 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 333-0929

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Starting this week, dine-in service is available for Bibimbap bowls, Korean Fried Chicken and simple bar snacks, all reflecting owner John Gleason’s union of Korean and Minnesota heritage.

22. Coconut Thai on Grand

720 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-7250

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The menu at Coconut Thai covers all the expected offerings, plus a few surprising and delightful dishes, like the satisfying Yala salad or the kicky Sriracha fried rice.

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