Dive Deep Into the Wealth of Great Dining on West 7th
West 7th is a treasure trove of juicy burgers, stuffed sandwiches, handy tacos, craft beer and more.
Image: @_annamarls at Tom Reid's
Saint Paul’s West 7th neighborhood is a treasure trove of time-honored eateries and exciting new bites. Stretching from the edge of downtown this traditionally blue-collar neighborhood is packed with incredible neighborhood bars and family-friendly eateries. In recent years, it has also become a popular location for new restaurants, like the breakfast hotspot Stella Bella or the fabulous brewpub A-Side. Plus there are city-beloved icons like Mancini's or DeGidio’s, restaurants that have served and shaped this community. Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick grab-and-go lunch spot or a special place to celebrate an occasion, West 7th has everything.
Brake Bread Brake Bread started a community-supported bakery, with its owners delivering every loaf by bike. It continues to offer subscriptions but the bakery also opens for walk-in order of loaves, a few select baked treats, and Bootstrap Coffee.
Mojo Monkey Donuts Mojo Monkey’s decadent doughnuts are made using all-natural ingredients and come in a variety of styles and flavors including key lime bismarck and red velvet cake. Only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at 7 am until they sell out, fans of these doughnuts have been known to plan an entire weekend around these treats.
Day by Day Cafe
A beloved breakfast spot, Day by Day Cafe serves American classic eye-openers like eggs your way and crispy hash browns. There is also a selection of sandwiches for mid-day fare. In the summertime, the backyard patio is a haven of green space in the middle of the city.
One of the finest cups of coffee in the neighborhood can be found inside this diminutive shop. Offerings at Cafe Astoria go from standard drinks to the delightfully ostentatious 24K latte, garnished with edible gold. The food menu includes a few crepes, tasty baked treats, and more.
Hope Breakfast Bar
This converted, historic firehouse houses an all-day eatery that is dedicated to breakfast and good feelings. The dishes at Hope are almost outlandish in decadence, like the fried chicken and waffles doused in a jalapeno-spiked syrup, or the cereal milk French toast topped with cotton candy. The owners are known throughout the community for their charitable outreach. Three percent of all sales go towards their nonprofit arm and table cards allow diners to leave prayer requests (the restaurant is across the street from a hospital).
From the moment this restaurant opened, the neighborhood embraced this comforting Mexican fare. Hearty dishes at range from stuffed tortas, sizable fisted burritos and plenty of tacos. Tavial also has a drive-through, which is incredibly handy for taco needs on the go.
A sister restaurant, right around the corner from Cafe Astoria, this new Mediterranean daytime eatery serves sandwiches, pasta, wraps, and a serious shakshuka. The sunny exterior at Stella Belle is delightfully welcoming, and the cozy seats make it an ideal stop for lunch. Take advantage of the sweets in the pastry case, a little chocolate crepe cake can make any weekday feel like an occasion.
Chef and owner Josh Thoma knows Saint Paul (he’s also an owner at the Lex). So, he appreciates how important a great burger is to this city. Burger Dive is a neighborhood bar and burger restaurant that also happens to serve a breakfast menu. Really, it’s just all good things, especially that cheese-draped cheeseburger of smashed beef beauty.
During the warm months, Burger Moe’s has a hopping patio and expansive patio just steps away from the Xcel Energy Center. The burger selection is deep on this menu with everything from a standard cheeseburger to a lamb kofta burger to a taco burger seasoned with taco chips. For those with sensitivities, there are gluten-free buns and a vegan Garden Burger available. Party time sides include tots, fries, waffle fries, onion rings, cheese curds, and more.
Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria Cossetta’s is woven into the fabric of Saint Paul history, beginning first as a small Italian market in an Italian immigrant neighborhood to now a massive, multi-story operation of market, deli, bakery, and fine dining restaurant with gorgeous views. Whole families have been raised with the mostaccioli and giant pizza slices as a Friday night treat. Home cooks can get lost in the first-floor market, filled with imported goods and an exceptional counter filled with deli meats, olives, prepared dishes, and more. No visit o Saint Paul is complete without some time spent samples all that is Cossetta’s.
Joe & Stan's Bar Joe and Stan's is a West 7th classic neighborhood bar with broasted chicken and bar food standards on the menu. Plus, as an incentive to knock off work early, Joe & Stan’s offers a weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 pm.
Owner Tim Niver is a leader in hospitality in the Twin Cities dining world. He and his long-servng staff make every guest inside this cozy little spot feel right at home. On Mucci's menu are red sauce classics like the lasagna, aka “layers of love,” tiramisu, and their famous fried crust pizzas. A favorite combines little bits of fried chicken and a sweet/savory balsamic drizzle.
Bennett's Chop and Railhouse
Slide into the supper club vibes of Bennett’s Chop and Railhouse, a fantastic West 7th bar and restaurant that’s as suitable for a celebratory family dinner as it is for a quick bar and a snippet of the game. As much as it’s a fantastic stop for a steak and house-made chopped salad, Bennett’s is also an undersung burger destination. The bacon cheeseburger is a beefy good bite.
Keg & Case
This food hall at the historic Schmidt Brewery underwent a big change in vendors during the pandemic, but Keg & Case is still a fun place to grab a taste of Saint Paul. Woodfire Cantina has a big patio that overlooks West 7th and serves casual Mexican fare and has a full bar. Purple Ice Cream is an over-the-top sweet treat adventure. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen serves fiery good jerk chicken and coconut rice. Five Watt Coffee has fabulous coffee drinks. And don’t leave without a slice of havla from House of Havla to bring home.
One Saint Paul Hall of fame sandwich is Pajarito’s torta, a mix of small-cut beef, coated in gooey cheese, stuffed into toasty bread and served to end up in a pool of spicy sauce. It’s a glory to behold and is just the tip of the menu here. In the cold months, there is an entire swath of the public that are devotees to the elote-style brussels sprouts when they are on the menu.
With the first wisp of cool wind, Minnesota buckles down hard for soup season and there are few places better to tuck into a deep bowl of warm broth than Tori. The restaurant is dedicated to building rich broth and toothsome noodles, mixed with an array of vegetables and meat.
Mancini's Char House & Lounge Mancini’s is a Saint Paul icon, a living piece of history that honors its past while serving the present. Stepping inside this swank steak house, the walls are tastefully lined in memorabilia, telling the story of the long-serving restaurant. Steak dinners are an occasion and for birthdays they bring out a whole cake, not just some simple piece.
Parlour Bar St. Paul Parlour Bar built its reputation in Minneapolis as an exceptional place for cocktails and a legendary burger. The Saint Paul location takes all of that and then adds more, with an expanded menu and plenty of space to spread out in.
This family-run restaurant has been serving Italian classics since the 1930s. Founded by a successful bootlegger, the history at Degidio's is as rich as its famous red sauce. Generations of families gather around giant plates of pasta or even a crisp Cesar salad. It’s as suitable for an intimate date night as it is for lunch with grandma. DeGidio’s is even a killer under-the-radar stop for an exceptional Old Fashioned.
The Downtowner Woodfire Grill
Whether opting for a date night or a pregame bar stop, the Downtowner Woodfire Grill provides a chill ambiance and comfortably elevated cuisine. The American bistro menu leans into its wood-fired grill with a little char kiss on an extensive list of steaks as well as a few flatbread pizzas. This is also an undersung breakfast stop, with poached eggs and other classics served seven days a week.
Shamrock's Grill and Pub
Known for its Juicy Nookie, a cheese-stuffed burger, Shamrock's serves the same menu as St. Paul’s beloved, and perpetually busy Casper & Runyon’s Nook up the hill in Highland Park. Shamrocks is popular on game day, with plenty of TVs and a full bar, or a pre-show stop before a concert or Wild Game at the Xcel Energy Center.
This bar is a hockey fan’s stop #1, whether grabbing a bite before the Wild game, cheering the team on during away games, or even just reminiscing about the glory of Minnesota’s best sport while surrounded by memorabilia. At Tom Reid's. there are TVs everywhere, so you’ll never miss a minute of any game while pounding down a few wings alongside a favorite tap beer. Plus, it’s an easy walk to the Xcel Energy Center.
Patrick McGovern’s Pub
Not only is this fantastic bar and restaurant an ideal stop for a little game day viewing, it’s also the single best indoor/outdoor patio in the city. Surrounded by glass, McGovern's is a gorgeous spot and perfect for sitting in the glorious elements when the sun shines or taking in the wonder of a city snowfall during our longest season. Inside, the historic bar has all the old wood elements that make a room feel extra cozy.
A wide open beer hall ready for a Bavarian good time just a few steps from downtown Saint Paul. New Bohemia has become a small, local chain of beer and wurst found around the Twin Cities. Stop by for a massive tap list and a giant, dark pretzel.
The Seventh Street Truck Park
Part of our Minnesota charm is that our warm weather months are sparse. That makes food truck season a bit of a challenge. The Seventh Street Truck Park takes the fun of curbside eating and brings it inside with a bit of county fair fun vibes thrown in the mix. This wide-open room is stocked with converted old trucks serving up fun-time foods that run the gamut from fried chicken to pizzas to tacos. Go full-on big kid-crazy with a pitcher of Kool-Aid-based cocktail. Nothing says, “I’m calling in sick tomorrow,” like a pitcher of boozy blue raspberry.
A new kind of neighborhood bar that perfectly suits the low-brow/high-taste mix that is this particular part of town. Since it opened in June of 2021, The White Squirrel serves craft cocktails as well as a $5 can of Budweiser. The bar also hosts live music and food trucks.
Skinner's Pub & Eatery Skinner's Pub is a quintessential West Seventh neighborhood bar that’s been filling up with regulars daily for over twenty years. It’s a fantastic stop for an affordable bite of square cut pizza--try the Rueben pizza for a taste of Saint Paul adventure. The menu is stacked with normal pizza toppings, giant nachos, great sandwiches, burgers, and fried chicken. The side patio offers outdoor seating when the weather cooperates.
A-Side Public House
This relatively new brewpub opened inside a former firehouse with a mission to serve fantastic food and its community. Open for lunch and dinner A-Side's menu ranges from fried manchego cheese wedges to a gooey cheeseburger to sticky, savory wings. Beverages run the gamut all the way from tea and coffee to craft beer and cocktails. On sunny days, the ground floor garage doors roll back to let the warmth in.
Bad Weather Brewing Company
This lively brewery attracts families and dog people with a wide-open patio and a fabulous selection of beer. Bad Weather's rotating lineup of food trucks keeps the dining options interesting. The doors open up on warm days, letting the outside in. When the weather cools a bit, there are often fires out on the patio.
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery
While many Minnesotans pine for warm weather, Waldmann is an ideal setting for cozy cool-weather days. With a couple of wood-burning stoves tucked into the corners of this ancient building, this is the ideal space to cozy in for the entirety of the sweater weather season. When it’s warm, the beer garden is open with large communal seating. The beers brewed here are wonderful, and the sausage-dominated menu is built to complement.
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Joy Summers is an award-winning columnist and food writer whose work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, People, City Pages, Minnesota Monthly, Lavender, and Eater. She's been known to take to backcountry roads and plunge into new environments in search of elusive ingredients at their peak. As a passionate storyteller, she strives to connect people with the words that serve them best. She lives in Cathedral Hill with her husband and young children.