If You Find Yourself to Be in St. Louis Park…

Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Sarah McGee / Heavy Table

Just shy of 11 square miles, St. Louis Park packs a lot into its city limits – parks, bike trails, excellent schools and, of course, multiple Target stores. If you happen to drive over to this western suburb for a shopping trip at Trader Joe’s or the Nordic Ware factory store, stay for a meal or two. Though chain restaurants abound, there are several local establishments that will fill your belly with delicious, affordable food. And you don’t even have to leave Minnetonka Blvd.

Breakfast – Sure, you could grab a muffin and coffee at Starbucks or Caribou Coffee, but doesn’t a fresh waffle sound better? Harvest Moon Coffee Shop serves up malted waffles with a decadent array of toppings, as well as breakfast burritos, oatmeal and assorted pastries. Marshmallow mochas are among the current offerings at the coffee bar, but you can get your usual latte, cappuccino or drip coffee, too. [952.922.BREW / 5101 Minnetonka Blvd.]

Lunch – Who could pass up Mom’s meat loaf? Not St. Louis Park residents, who flock to Yum! Kitchen and Bakery for comfort food like chicken pot pie and macaroni and cheese. Fresh salads, seasonal soups and sandwiches on scratch-made bread round out the kitchen side of the menu, and the bakery counter never fails to entice. Don’t miss the Patti Cake (chocolate cake with buttercream icing) and grab an extra fork – you’ll want to share this rich, retro dessert. You can also pick up a variety of breads and treats to bring home, though for challah, head over to neighboring Fishman’s[952.922.4000 / 4000 Minnetonka Blvd.]

Dinner – If you’re a fan of Thom Pham’s Azia on Eat Street, don’t miss Thanh Do, its suburban cousin. Cleverly hidden behind a dry cleaners, its spicy pan-Asian cuisine is a neighborhood favorite. Chicken pad thai may seem an uninspired choice when faced with a long and diverse menu, but Thanh Do’s take on the dish won’t disappoint. Those red flakes scattered across the chicken and rice noodles mean business – be sure your water glass is full before taking a bite. The curries are also a stand-out – try the Vietnamese curry coconut with your choice of tofu, mock duck, chicken or beef. [952.935.5005 / 3005 Utah Ave. South]

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Jill Lewis

The great-granddaughter of an Eastern European Jewish baker, Jill Lewis cannot escape her genetic predisposition to carbs. Her love of baked goods, wine, cheese and chocolate may not come in handy for her day job as a Twin Cities PR professional, but it proves infinitely helpful for her gigs as a contributing writer for The Heavy Table and the co-author of the Cheese and Champagne blog. A former resident of Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin and suburban Washington, D.C., Jill now lives with her husband, two young sons and cat in St. Louis Park.

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  1. Chris 02/17/2009

    Don’t forget to stop by Four Firkins before or after Thanh Do. We live in SLP and like to wait for our Thanh Do takeout while perusing the beer selection next door.

  2. Heather 02/17/2009

    I am getting in my car and speeding to Yum! right now!

  3. FYI, Harvest Moon Cafe in St Louis Park has been changed to Bean Good Cafe. Same great Menu and neighborhood feel! New owner.