As the weather turns cooler, a light lunch of salad and a doughnut (no, just me?) no longer fits the bill. Try these Saint Paul spots for the comfort food we all need in the middle of the day. And remember to order directly from the restaurant whenever possible to help the already struggling businesses avoid fees from delivery services.Read More
Where to Order an Excellent Lunch in St. Paul
Stacks of roast beef, tangles of ramen noodles, buffalo sauce drenched fried cauliflower, and more
The quintessential Jewish deli across from Saint Kate’s offers boxed lunches which include a sandwich, choice of a side, chips, a pickle spear and a dessert. Pick up for provisions and frozen soups for the long, quarantined winter.
2. Highland Grill
The Blue Plate Restaurant Group is known for serving comfort from morning til night. At this Cleveland Avenue restaurant, pick up an order of hearty pierogis filled with potatoes and white cheddar to carry you through to dinner.
3. French Meadow Bakery & Café
French Meadow was farm-to-table before the term because ubiquitous in hipster and suburban circles alike. The lovely patio is closed for now but the Healing Plate with grilled tempeh and all sorts of organic goodies is just as delicious to-go.
4. Colossal Cafe
It is perfectly acceptable to have pancakes for lunch. Colossal Café’s famous Flappers are made with yeast for a tangy, extra fluffy treat. Top with fresh fruit if you insist on a healthy meal or go all in with syrup, apples, walnuts and brie. And if sweet isn’t your craving, there are plenty of sandwiches and other savory options.
5. West Indies Soul Food
Chef Sharon Richards-Noel’s dishes are born of her roots in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Grenada. Items like jerk chicken and gumbo pack a flavorful punch yet remain accessible to all palates. Be sure and grab a couple of bottles of Chef’s specialty sauces.
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6. Maverick's Real Roast Beef
Mavrick’s is a humble shop, serving loads of juicy meats on squishy soft buns from a strip mall store front in Roseville. It is beloved by families and shift workers alike, and while it is an iconic neighborhood spot, folks come from around the metro for its classic sandwiches and sides.
7. J. Selby's
Vegans are no longer relegated to the sad salad portions of the menu. At J. Selby, indulge in the plant-based Crispy Chickin Sandwich or a Beyond Meat burger. J. Selby also offers a Community Bowl, a free hot meal for anyone who needs it.
8. Tori Ramen
St Paul, MN 55102
A giant bowl of chew noodles and thick broth may seem like a recipe for an inefficient afternoon, but come on, you were going to take a two-hour couch nap anyway. Tori specializes in poultry-based broth and also offers a nice variety of vegetarian and vegan options.