At Indian Aroma, spicy Northern Indian dishes sizzle inside a traditional tandoori oven. This oven's clay interior adds a smokey flavor to the food, which exits the oven looking as colorful as the dining room's cumin-colored walls. The restaurant's chefs, who are Indian natives, create these curries and biryanis à la carte, but they also serve them up on the buffet alongside spicy sauces, refreshing yogurts, and warm pieces of naan. Together, these components create a meal that is both hot and cool, much like a leather jacket that's been left in direct sunlight too long.
A well-stocked spice cabinet is the backbone of the menu at Ruchi's South Indian Cuisine. The spot's chefs infuse biryani, kebobs, and other dishes with choice seasonings such as star anise and kapasi bark, and they grind fresh masalas to add pungent, spicy flavor to creamy tikka sauces. Much of the menu features South Indian-style preparations of shrimp, mutton, goat, and other meats and seafood, but vegetarian diners can also savor authentic flavors in dishes such as chili pakoras with more kick than a chorus line made up of soccer players.
Thirsty patrons and really lost desert wanderers can find plenty to their liking at Quench. A cafe that serves Asian-inspired beverages including boba teas and milk teas, it blends smoothies from fresh, exotic fruits such as persimmon and lychee before pouring them over tapioca pearls, grass jelly, boba, or fruit bites. And there's a few snacks on the menu, as well?shaved-ice Snowflakes come in five flavors, and Belgian-style waffles are topped with ice cream, whipped cream, sundae sauces, and fruit.
Maiv's Egg Roll Basket, an eatery that's relatively new to the Saint Paul scene, serves up creative Asian and American dishes in a fast, casual environment. The menu includes Vietnamese specialties such as banh mi sandwiches and pho, American salads and sandwiches, and egg rolls with fillings that range from savory steak to fruit and chocolate. Try your meal paired with one of Maiv's many bubble teas.
Since 1986, 7th Street Tavern, formerly known as Champps Americana, has served up burgers and classic American dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Amid the sunlit dining room, diners at wooden tabletops have views of 25 TVs broadcasting sports games, competing with a cluster of arcade games for eyes' attention. Chefs cater to taste buds by plumping up pastas with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables and piling rolls with beef patties, barbecued pulled pork, and spicy buffalo chicken. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with an expansive selection of draft beers and wine. The bar and grill draws guests with regular specials and events throughout the week, including daily happy hours, Thursday-night trivia, and Sunday brunch. Every Tuesday, the restaurant serves up free meals to children, as a magician saunters table to table, entertaining kids with tricks and balloon art, crafting replacement siblings on request.
The first IHOP?the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin?opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.