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Visiting this spring, need good food!!

chobette | Dec 26, 201301:17 PM

I'm sure this has been brought up several times, but I've looked through and want some more up to date suggestions.

I've visited M/St Paul several times, each time going to a place a friend suggests, and each time finding myself disappointed. We've tried Daminco and Sons, Kramarczuk, Edina's Diner, and some off the wall Mexican restaurant. Each one disappointing to us.

I'm looking for a few suggestions, preferably nothing outrageously expensive.

I've found a few suggestions online, including Ward 6 and Rancho Grande. If anyone has tried them, how are they, are they kid friendly?

New suggestions:
Something Mexican, like the stick to your ribs Mexican, queso or Chihuahua cheese, not cheddar. Actual salsa and not canned sauce or pureed liquid.
Sandwiches - hearty paninis, ruebens, pastrama, NY jewish deli style.
Steakhouse - Anything good, but not $50 a plate type of thing.
BBQ - Please tell me good barbecue exists north of Kansas City? Definitely none up this way!
Insert your own suggestion, except Chinese. My husband is an odd fellow, he does not like most Asian flavors, including sesame oil, soy sauce, teriyaki, etc.

Background. I'm traveling from North Dakota, we go 2x a year, sometimes more, to pick up my mother-in-law. I have a 2 year old son, he's not picky, but he won't eat crap hamburgers or chicken strips. He likes fish, homemade dinners, etc. So no applebees or TGIF's.
We're staying for a day or two, so we'll need several places to eat.

We're not visiting until April, so I have some time. I just want to make sure we have good experiences for the first time in over 2 years. I'm not a food snob, but I do expect something to be damn good.

Thank you so much in advance!!

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