Signature Cafe might be a little off the beaten path?but that doesn't mean its chefs sleep on food trends. Their refined home cooking is full of inventive flavor and sustainably grown local produce, helping earn them a spot on City Pages' 2013 list of the "Best Twin Cities Restaurants You Haven't Tried."
A Taste of Home
Not content to source organic fruits and veggies, the chefs at this Prospect Park spot keep things fresh by designing new menus on a weekly basis. Featured dishes may come and go, but their dedication to familiar flavors and recipes remains a constant. Past menus have included hearty meals like boneless pork loin chops with dijon cream sauce, seared diver scallops with orange-ginger glaze, and freshly baked flatbread topped with artichoke and gruyere.
An Enduring Legacy
The 1920s-era building that houses Signature Cafe has a history of feeding the neighborhood. Originally a small grocery store, the humble storefront with its burgundy awning now invites passersby to stop by for a casual bistro meal. With an ambiance that's "cozy, inviting and personal," the dining room "feels like family" according to Gayot.
Educate your tongue-palate with Spill the Wine's amazing selection of red and white nectar. Choose from more than 30 wines by the glass, with provenance in wine hotspots across the globe, from Argentina to Italy to New Zealand. Try a glass of Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon from California for $7 or share a bottle of South African Robertson Shiraz for $26. Most glasses cost $6 to $11 and bottles start at $24. Affordable wine flights are available and rotate by season. Spill the Wine also offers a selection of Champagne, organic, and dessert wines.
The Lunch Cube’s menu of hearty, top-notch lunch fare comes in the form of delectable sandwiches and sides. Crafted by an in-house chef, each sandwich boasts only the highest-quality meats and bread developed by NASA scientists. Signature deli sandwiches ($7.95) such as The Pilgrim, with turkey salad and cranberry glaze, and The Executive, with roast beef, smoked tomato aioli, and gouda, will satisfy both time-strapped professionals and bears disguised as time-strapped professionals. Soups such as the creamy roasted mushroom ($3.45) and sides like the pasta salad ($2.45) pair with mitt-fitting sandwiches better than a monocle and a top hat, while a boxed lunch two-set ($10.95) includes a full sandwich, chips, and a cookie. Weekly specials, meanwhile, will stave off luncher’s ennui with their surprising flavor combinations and unexpected ambushes.
Blending traditional recipes with cosmopolitan decor, Sawatdee St. Paul introduces diners to familiar dishes of pad thai and pad see ew, as well as authentic meals of whole roast duck and yellow curry pattaya crab. Guests enjoy Sawatdee's smorgasbord of southeast Asian delicacies spiced to preference; chefs promise to prepare nearly any dish at spice levels ranging from the intense heat of an erupting island volcano to the comparably tolerable mildness of a baby's tantrum.
A ring of blue neon light blazes behind the full bar, which dispenses tropical caipirinhas and thai chili bloody marys.
Chef Antonio Cecconi was born in Sardinia and learned to lovingly craft traditional Italian fare from his mother. Dive teeth first into a three-course vegetarian feast, which begins with a garden salad, then takes forks for a spin around bow tie pasta laden with crisp vegetables and a choice of marinara, rosa, or mushroom alfredo sauce. Freshly baked Italian rolls accompanies eating escapades, and the meal comes to a dazzling finish with a choice of chocolate-covered strawberries or cream-filled profiteroles drizzled with chocolate sauce. Carnivores can request meat for an additional charge, while all diners can peruse The Italian Gourmet's gallery for a sneak peak of the sumptuous feast and a rare rendition of the Mona Lisa painted in marinara sauce.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to find dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as cheesy chipotle-chicken enchiladas, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled flank steak. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.