I just had the opportunity to have lunch at Senor Wong's in downtown St. Paul, and thought I'd report. It's in the former Benjamin's space in the Kellogg Square Building on 4th Street between Minnesota and Robert, Quizno's is in the same building.
Tons of paint and some Chinese decor have made a tremendous difference, Senor Wong's has a kind of cool, chill-out kind of vibe, particularly on the bar side...which was quiet and dark during the lunch service. On the dining room side, it's a bit more difficult to get rid of the outlines of the diner that Benjamin's used to be, the booths and tables arrangements are, well, dineresque.
The food is essentially Vietnamese, with a couple of Mexican touches to justify the Senor part of the name. Yes, blink your eyes and gasp in amazement for a moment...there is a Vietnamese restaurant in downtown St. Paul. I had a decent, middle of the road Pho for lunch, and the guy I had lunch with had a good rice noodle salad with egg rolls. Both weren't the archetypes of the form, but they were good, even really good...and I took the skyway to get to them!
There were a couple of lunch specials, but overall everything was pretty cheap. My lunch was about $10.00 for a brimming bowl of Pho goodness. I may stop by for happy hour, as those specials look pretty good and include "Polynesian Drinks". Always looking for a decent Mai Tai.
They have a web site at http://www.senorwong.com.
111 Kellog Blvd, St Paul, MN 55101
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