I live in Southern Fridley/New Brighton area and I'm not going to pass judgement on what we have up here, but we don't have much.
I'm desperately searching for something new that doesn't take 20 mins to drive to. It doesn't have to be fancy, just worth my time and money.
For instance, has anyone tried some of the places off of Central south of 694?
To give props to some places we frequent, make sure to try Great India near Brookdale. Dara Moskowitz got it right! Also, love the unique brew and the J Pizza at Barley John's in New Brighton. Make sure to check that place out if you like interesting beer.