Although you can find delicious food in every corner of Saint Paul, Grand Ave is particularly known for its extensive restaurant and bar options to satisfy all cravings.
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
Everything you could want in a hole-in-the-wall breakfast joint, and then some. Get your fix of crispy hash browns and fluffy pancakes all day.
Bap and Chicken
In Korean, "Bap" means rice—which is exactly what you'll find along with Korean-style twice-fried chicken in a variety of forms at this new Korean-American street food restaurant.
One of the newest restaurants on Grand, Coconut Thai isn't new to the Twin Cities - their first location is in Edina. Order authentic Thai specialties for dine-in or to-to.
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.
Elevated Southern Italian and Mediterranean dishes grace Grand Avenue at this new (and little—only 38 seats) restaurant from chef Rikki Giambruno.
Currently open for take-out & delivery only. If you often find yourself craving delicious authentic Indian food, you’ll want to add India House to your list. We’re also a big fan of their tea selection.
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
Currently open for take-out only. 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.
One of the newest (and most reputable) names on the Grand Ave scene, Red Rabbit crossed the river from Minneapolis to open a second location featuring all of their favorite authentic Italian dishes—including pizza, pasta and top-notch cocktails.
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.
Get a taste of the French life at this Paris-inspired bistro. The Avenue-facing patio is a can’t-miss during the summer (and also happens to be dog-friendly).
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
Comfort food in the Twin Cities doesn’t get much better than Brasa. The menu is inspired by Mexican, Caribbean and Southern U.S. traditions which are all, of course, delicious.
Across the street from Bread & Chocolate is its sister joint, Cafe Latte. You’ll definitely want to check out the pizza & wine bar, and stick around for dessert.
Brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi of Minneapolis' popular World Street Kitchen made their Saint Paul debut with, Grand Catch, a seafood-boil restaurant serving up eats that are sometimes traditional, sometimes unconventional—always tasty.
Most people don’t know that the original Green Mill is right here on Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue. Kids eat free on Tuesdays from 4-8 p.m. and daily happy hour is from 3-5 p.m., where you can save on everything from appetizers, brews, wine and pizza.
Home, home on the range—the Iron Range, that is. This neighborhood pub on Grand Avenue serves up all your favorite classic northern Minnesota dishes, including porketta, pasties and chicken pot pie.
Heavenly Neapolitan pizza served fresh from a 900-degree wood-burning oven. Need we say more?
Grand Ole Creamery
Grand Ole Creamery is one of the essential Twin Cities ice cream shops — and it’s the perfect way to top off a day on Grand Avenue. When former President Obama visited Saint Paul in 2014, he made a stop at the Creamery. 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.