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Tanpopo Noodle Shop in St. Paul, MN

Jim Grinsfelder | Oct 25, 200311:07 PM

We had lunch there today. We shared a large table with a Japanese family; 3 boys, parents and a pair of grandparents. It was a good omen. The boys fascinated our 5 and 7 yr old daughters so we enjoyed a relatively calm, mannered restaurant excursion.

The beef udon was very good. The broth was really nicely done, clear, and well flavored. The beef was tender and tasty and there was a healthy portion of it, and the Udon noodles were home-made and just right. The spinach floating in the soup was also terrific.

The saba teishoku was also good. The mackeral was fried, in pieces and came with some pickles, sticky rice, miso soup and salad. The best thing was the dressing on the salad. Really nice. The sticky rice was second in my book, followed by the mackeral. The Miso wasn't anything special as far as I could tell.

It was $7-$8.50 for the noodles. They warmed the bowls so the noodles didn't get cold during the meal.

They also have cold noodle dishes and tonkatsu on the menu.

I'll definitely go again.

Oh, it is in an old warehouse at 308 Prince Street in Lowertown, near the farmer's market. The atmosphere is soho loft goes zen. The service is decent. It's all about the noodles.

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