Minneapolis/St. Paul eats: Part II

I had to allot your stomach a break after the first round of recommends. Hopefully, it’s now rested and up for round two. 

5 – Grand Central

Craving a crepe? Look no further than Grand Central, a coffee shop on St. Paul’s Grand Ave with a French twist. I recommend the lemon curd crepe, served with almond whipped cream that even whipped cream naysayers like myself can appreciate. If you’re in the mood for a richer treat, try their desserts, sourced locally from 46 Patisserie. While the flourless chocolate cake is lacking, the Tristan tart is well worth the trip. 

6 – Lucia’s

Forget the two-for-one special: Lucia’s has three-for-one. With a wine bar, to-go hotspot and formal dining room, they’re ready to cater to any and all types of food hankerings. The more informal to-go has crepes worth trying, bread worth toasting and cookies worth eating, while the fine-dining switches their menu up weekly – meaning you can come back again and again. 

7 – Marvel 

Travel back in time to the prohibition, circa 1920 to find a bar where you’ll easily want to speak up for more. But first – you have to get there. Pass the Bachelor Farmer, use your instincts and be on the lookout for a purple door. Once inside, check out the: unmarked bottles, bartender’s recommends (they rarely steer your wrong) and the hand soap in the ladies room. Sorry, gents, you’ll have to be kept in supense. While you’re in the speakeasy spirit, take a field trip to the St. Paul History Center’s exhibit: “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.” The exhibit is free on Tuesday evenings, from 4 to 8 p.m.  


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