Before the St. Paul Saints take the field, take a tour of the Lowertown food scene. From craft beer to Japanese food, you shouldn’t pass on the chance to try the variety of food genres that this dining district has to offer.
It might get awkward eating pork in front of Mudonna, so stop by Handsome Hog before you make it to the game. Handsome Hog uses every part of the pig in its menu, and this is your restaurant if you have a craving for chicken and waffles.
This one’s for you kids coming over from Uptown. If you frequent Muddy Waters, you’ll fit in at Dark Horse—the Lowertown counterpart run by the same owners. Just like Muddy’s, there’s never a shortage of whiskey, scotch or bourbon in this establishment.
Big River Pizza
Looking for your run-of-the-mill pepperoni pizza? You’ll find a slice inside CHS Field. Seeking out a state-of-the-art, farm-fresh pizza? You’d better check out Big River Pizza.
Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop
Nothing says game day like pregaming (or post gaming) on a gorgeous downtown rooftop. Justin Sutherland's reboot of Ox Cart features a nostalgia-inspired menu of food and drinks—not to mention an arcade stocked with classic games.
Black Dog Cafe
Black Dog is a great place for a casual glass of wine and a from-scratch meal before a Saints game. If you’re there on a good night, you can catch a jazz performance or sit out on the patio while you enjoy a tasty meal and watch fans make their way to the stadium gates.
PUBLIC kitchen + bar
PUBLIC’s basement lounge, Green Lantern, is a cozy, cool way to have a few drinks before you head over to CHS Field (and it’s one of our favorite bars without any televisions). If you love people watching, though, grab a seat on the patio on a Thursday night. You’ll get a prime view of Lowertown Sounds.
In the mood for sushi? How about a Twin Cities' best hot dog? (You are going to a ball game, after all). Satisfy both cravings at Lowertown's Kyatchi.
Saint Dinette is the ultimate place to grab a burger—it’s been hailed as one of the best burgers in the Twin Cities since the restaurant opened in the summer of 2015. It’s also not a bad place to grab a bologna sandwich. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
This suggestion is for the craft beer crowd. Tin Whiskers is a short walk from the field, and you can amp up your competitive spirits beforehand with whatever game you find at the brewery. (If you’re up for a short bike ride, you can also make the trek from Saint Paul's Flat Earth Brewing on Saint Paul’s east side.)
Fast-casual stir-fry served up precisely to your liking. Urban Wok is a build-your-own culinary adventure—choose your base, protein, veggies and sauces and let the cooks do the rest. With gluten-free and vegan options, it's a great pregame meal for those with dietary restrictions.
Markethouse Collaborative Space
For special occasion Saints games, check out OCTO fishbar for the finest seafood east of the Mississippi or Birch's Lowertown for tasty brewhouse eats—all located just across from CHS Field in the new Markethouse Collaborative space.