Bread & Chocolate
Because everybody loves bread...and everybody loves chocolate. Pop into this family-owned bakery and coffee shop for freshly baked goods and award-winning sweets.
After becoming an icon in the Minneapolis breakfast scene, Colossal Cafe crossed the river to open shops on Grand and in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. You won’t leave hungry—their made from scratch meals come in more than satisfying (some might even say, colossal) portions.
Recognized more than once for baking some of the tastiest bread in the country, French Meadow isn’t a bad spot to start your day. It’s an added bonus that everything is sourced from local organic ingredients and the menu contains both vegan and gluten-free friendly items.
Uptowner Cafe on Grand
Billy’s patio is one of the best spots to soak up the Grand Avenue scene in the summertime. It’s also one of the best spots to soak up great deals with happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-7 p.m. Friday, and late night happy hour from 9-midnight Sunday-Thursday.
Most people don’t know that the original Green Mill is right here on Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue. Daily happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. and 9-midnight, where you can save on everything from appetizers, brews, wine and pizza. Align evening happy hour with Tuesday Trivia or Wednesday Bingo, and you’re sure to have a great time.
It’s hard to miss a daily happy hour that lasts from 2-6:30 p.m. Wild Onion is also known for Birthday Tuesday, where you can kick off your week with free lunch, drinks and a t-shirt.
Emmett’s Public House
It’s no secret that Saint Paul is proud of its Irish heritage, and there’s no place prouder on Grand Avenue than Emmett’s Public House. Stop in for your fix of classic Irish fare like Mulligan stew, shepherd’s pie and bangers & croquettes.
Everest on Grand
There aren’t a ton of places in the Twin Cities to dive into authentic Himalayan cuisine and it just so happens than Grand Avenue is home to one of them. Everest's lunch buffet is a local favorite, and there are plenty of options for your vegan and gluten-free friends too.
Forti’s Sunrise Market & Cafe
West 7th has Cossetta’s and Grand Ave has Sunrise. The Forti family has been selling gourmet Italian foods since 1913 and opened a shop on Grand Avenue in 2016. In addition to the market, the cafe serves baked goods, sandwiches, pizza and more
Indochin is the second Vietnamese restaurant in Saint Paul from sisters Ha and Thu Nguyen—the first being University Avenue’s Que Nha. Both spots serve up traditional Vietnamese dishes, as well as innovative fusion offerings.
Italian Pie Shoppe
Two words: Deep. Dish. Share a glass of wine and a slice of cheesy deliciousness with your friends as you attempt to settle the age-old debate—is it pizza or pie?
Khyber Pass Cafe
Khyber Pass has been serving authentic Afghan cuisine to Saint Paul since 1984. Previously located on St. Clair Avenue, the cafe now calls Grand Avenue home. Come in on a Thursday evening to enjoy Khyber Pass’ popular live jazz programming.
Saji-Ya has built quite the reputation in its 35 years of serving the Grand Avenue community with traditional Japanese comfort food. From fresh sushi to teppanyaki, you’ll get the full experience here.
Shish Mediterranean Cafe
Hummus, baba ganoush, mousaka, kebabs and more—all available from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, so you can get your Mediterranean fix at nearly all hours of the day.
Lunch & Dinner Winners
Wood-fired cooking means bold flavor. Bonfire serves awesome food in a gorgeous space, great for larger groups, work lunches and after hours snacks—you’ll definitely want to stop in for late-night happy hour.
D’Amico & Sons
With made from scratch pastas, pizzas and sandwiches, you’ll want to do your carb-loading at D’Amicos.
Heavenly Neapolitan pizza served fresh from a 900-degree wood-burning oven. Need we say more?
Grand Ole Creamery
If the ice cream at Grand Ole Creamery is good enough for the former President of the United States of America, it’s good enough for you (no offense, we’re just assuming). Not convinced? Swing by in the summertime—the line down the block says it all.
We’re pretty sure when you look up “icon” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of The Lexington next to it. If there’s not, there should be. The Lex was the place to be seen when it opened in 1935 and remains an esteemed neighborhood gathering spot today. They've even added a rooftop patio to boot.
Tavern on Grand
Serving 2,000 pounds of walleye in a week (more than any restaurant in the country) automatically puts Tavern on our icon list—this is Minnesota after all. Pop into this neighborhood favorite for lunch or dinner to “try the walleye”, obviously.