Since Chowhound has made a new sub-board of Mpls-St. Paul, I feel compelled to ask:
What are you favorite spots in Saint Paul? I'll get the list started.
-Saigon. I have the bahn mi just waay too often. For $3.75 and four different types of meats, the Saigon Special is my fave!
-Bangkok Thai Deli. This is a jewel that I learned about thanks to chowhound. The owner is from Thailand, they are her recipes, the portions are generous, the food fresh, and the price cheap. She says all of the sauces she makes from scratch and that "there are no jars of sauce back there!" It is located on University in between Marion St and Western, next to Burger King. Look for the tall "chimney like" tile covered mosaic sticking up from the building!
-El Comal on the west side, right next to Burrito Mercado. One evening, a friend of mine and me wanted to go to one of those restaurants and El Comal was chosen. They have AWESOME food. It is a small and family run restaurant but the dishes are hearty, a good size, and soo delicious. Get the agua de jamaica for a drink, it is very refreshing.
-La Fonda (used to be called Me Gusta, I believe) right on Roberts Street. I have spent a considerable amount of time in Mexico (Puebla) and have a lot of first generation Mexican friends. The food here is great and cheap and so very authentic. Whether you get tacos, chip and guacamole, or the 3 specialty entrees they make everyday, it is great food. The entree special is a great deal, too. They have three hot, and homemade entrees and you can get that with rice, soup, tortillas, beans, and a drink for $8.00. I got the pipian once, and it was the best pipian I'd ever had since I ate it in my Mayan sponsor child's house in Guatemala 3 years ago (her mother is an awesome cook).
-Taqueria Los Ocampos. Awesome food, great Pozole.
For Central American:
-La Manana. Rice, beans, patacones, good meats.
-Fujiya for sushi, Sakura for Happy Hour. Choices aren't nearly as varied as Minneapolis for restaurants, but they satisfy my cravings.
-Tanpopo Noodle shop.
-Cafe Latte. Great soups, great spreads, unbelievable desserts.
-Little Szechuan on Western and University.
-Black Sea Turkish Restaurant on Snelling near Minnehaha. Awesome gyros and soooo cheap!
So, that's my list, what do you like/crave in St. Paul?