Just returned from a delightful trip to Macalester College and Minnesota! Thanks to everyone for your ideas!
My first off-campus meal was across the street from campus at the Italian Pie Shop. Just needed a little nosh. The Italian fries, thin pizza crust filled with cheese and pepperoni, were perfect with a pitcher of beer.
Later we went to the charming cheese shop down Grand, sadly I can't remember the name. Delightful selection, great service. They put together a lovely cheese plate for us to share.
Dinner that night was at Salut American Bar. We had a pre-set menu, so I don't think we had a good sample of their offerings. Even so, the slider apps, crab cakes and cheese plate were delightful. The French onion soup and steak frites were good but not notable. The raspberry chocolate chunk ice cream was amazing.
Lots of institutional meals--the hot dish appetizers of ground beef, cheese and tator tots in a phyllo cup were my favorite--before dinner at Joan's on he Park. What a charming restaurant! The food was creative, thoughtful and delicious all around. We tried most of the seafood dishes to great success. My entree, the pork tenderloin win potato purée, greens and a maple reduction, was my favorite. I'd strongly recommend Joan's to anyone.
My last off-campus meal was lunch at Shish. Excellent Mediterranean food. I shared a spanikotipta and gyro, both were great. I did not share my baklava, which was awesome.
I hope to return soon to try more local places instead of college food. It was a wonderful trip!