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Restaurant establishment is a Kozlak family tradition. Back in 1943, Joseph and Gertrude Kozlak purchased what would eventually become the well-known Jax Café. In 1977, their son Jax Kozlak and family embarked on a massive restoration project to beautify and expand a new large space that would become Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant, which has since been voted Best Ambiance, Best Service, and Neighborhood Gem by OpenTable diners.

Well known for its steaks, Kozlak's serves top-shelf cuts such as bone-in tenderloin, roasted prime rib, and tenderloin filet crowned with add-ons of rich blue cheese, Cajun spices, or fresh sauteed mushrooms. Single tails of steamed African lobster recline on plates with drawn butter, and Australian sea bass receives a stuffing of spinach and crab before being topped with a butter-tarragon sauce. Kozlak's Royal Oak Restaurant boasts a screened-in patio with a canopy.

4785 Hodgson Rd
Shoreview,
MN
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The crew at Cobblestone Cafe has manned crackling griddles and grills for more than three decades to forge a menu of time-tested diner fare. Around the forest-green eatery, patrons at outdoor tables feast on egg skillets, pancakes, and breakfast wraps or enjoy fresh air not purchased from corrupt park rangers. As the sun rises higher in the sky, plates clatter with loads of meatloaf, burgers, and french-dip sandwiches.

4760 Washington Sq
White Bear Lake,
MN
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The menu at Café Cravings, sister restaurant to Cravings Wine Bar & Grille, is in essence an encyclopedia of classic American cuisine. There are the sandwiches, which run the gamut from crisp BLTs and triple-decker clubs to the sizzling, strawberry-kissed Monte Cristo. There are the soups, which fill sourdough bread bowls, and the rotating selection of quiches. But most impressive has to be the breakfast. The 25-strong selection is served all day, ensuring that even those who wake up late or have their watch on backward get a bite of fluffy, ham-stuffed Denver omelets and apple-walnut pancakes topped with maple butter.

The eight-page dessert menu is no slouch either. Those who call ahead get their pick of whole cakes, tarts, cobblers, pies, cheesecakes, and other sugar-laden delicacies, which they can pick up inside or at the convenient drive-through window.

1600 County Rd E
White Bear Lake,
MN
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The cooks at New Louisiana Cafe craft American diner fare accented with a Cajun flair. In the morning, diners can unleash their inner child with malted-caramel apple-crisp waffles or chocolate-chip cookie-dough pancakes. And the kitchen can whip up savory breakfasts, too, like steak and eggs or biscuits and country-style gravy topped with crumbled italian sausage. In true Louisiana style, the eggs benedict comes with andouille sausage, while the blackened catfish is paired with two locally sourced eggs. At lunch, patrons can tear into the El Cubano sandwich, which is piled with pulled pork, or a BLT, which in Louisiana stands for bacon, love, and tomato.

613 Selby Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Luckily for the patrons of Las Sirenas, the restaurant is so authentic that staffers are happy to blend the creative ingredients to make a michelada. And the michelada is just one example of authentic Mexican coastal culture and cuisine at Las Sirenas, which translates to “the mermaids.” The concept and theme behind the restaurant stems from the Mesoamerican myth of sea-bound nymphs, and diners can see that influence in the restaurant’s watery lighting effects and mural of a mermaid lounging on the ocean floor. A glowing bar dispenses drinks and offers 12 Micheladas, or Mexican beer cocktails—some served in coconuts and pineapples, just like Caribbean divorce papers—that are playfully assigned names such as Mermaids in Heat and Tails Up.

To soak up the spicy drinks, a menu of Mexican seafood offers an ocean of options, such as ceviches and aguachiles, as well as an variety of shrimp dishes such as Sirenas en Brama and shrimp in a chipotle-cream sauce. From shrimp wrapped in bacon to oysters on the half-shell topped with ceviche and a raw-bar smorgasbord with shrimp and fish ceviche, aguachile, and octopus ceviche, each dish bears the indelible stamp of south-of-the-border inspiration. So, too, does the eatery’s entertainment, which includes karaoke, weekend live mariachi and Mexican music, and dancing when the space transforms into a Latin nightclub after-hours.

199 Plato Blvd E
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Giant buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh blueberries (when in season), fluffy three-egg omelets, and steaming skillets overflowing with fries, eggs, and melted cheese. Hearty breakfasts are the star at Egg and I. The diner has been serving up the classics?pancakes, waffles, and dragon eggs?for more than 20 years at a pair of Twin City locales affectionately named "Big Egg" and "Little Egg." And like any great American diner, it satisfies patrons with a wide variety of lunch options, including grilled sandwiches, burgers, and housemade soups.

2550 University Ave W
Saint Paul,
MN
US