El Burrito Mercado
Talk about an institution! Since 1979, El Burrito Mercado has been serving the Saint Paul community with a unique Mexican, Latino marketplace experience. El Burrito features specialty groceries, cooking spices & peppers including fresh produce, unique meats, a full deli, restaurant, cantina, catering, food truck, imported gifts & home décor. In true family fashion, original owners Tomas and Maria Silva were able to retire and pass their beloved business on to their daughters, Milissa and Suzie, and their granddaughter, Analita.
Looking at the multi-level complex that Cossetta’s has grown into, it’s hard to imagine that this business began as a tiny Italian market. Still run by the Cossetta family, this complex stays true to its Italian roots with one of the finest markets around filled with imported goods and fresh-made food. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a bakery with Italian sweets that seems like it was plucked off the streets of Palermo and dropped on West 7th Street. Grab a New York-style slice of pizza downstairs, or plan a stunning date night up at Louis with one of the best views of the Cathedral around.
Mickey’s Dining Car
Mickey’s is a living legend of a dining establishment, harkening back to 1939 when this brand new, sleek dining car was the epitome of class. Nowadays, Mickey’s is a central piece of the downtown landscape, offering hot diner meals to all of the city’s residents. Freshly shredded hashbrowns are crisped up alongside fried eggs all morning, and skinny burgers and thick shakes take over later in the day.
For over 70 years, Cecil’s has been serving Saint Paul’s best pastrami on rye inside this Highland Park deli. Folks line up on the weekends for giant orders of sliced meats, fresh bread, and that irresistible coleslaw. Kids love eating those crumbly hamantaschen or rugelach on the way home. Inside the full-service restaurant in the back is a homemade matzo ball soup filled with such comfort that it’s been known to actually cure the common cold. The small grocery is also always stocked with Jewish food goods and ice-cold cans of soda.
A jewel inside the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood, this stunning restaurant has been serving the area since 1975. Inside there are several rooms to dine in, including a more casual bar, dining room, and a basement. When it’s chilly, there’s a roaring fireplace to cozy up to. Long summer nights are best when enjoyed on the expansive patio, shaded by giant trees. The new American menu changes with the seasons, and the chefs in the kitchen.