Amid scenic views of the Mississippi River, the two-tiered patio and all-glass-enclosed dining room treat diners to breathtaking vistas of North America's largest river system and its mermaid inhabitants basking on the shore. Not just about the scenery, at Mississippi Pub, the cooks maintain a strong passion for the food they dish out. Plating traditional pub grub and fresh seafood entrees like fish tacos and shrimp po' boys, they take a fresh approach with their menu. A full bar, boasting bottled and draft beers, shots, and cocktails, complements hearty American fare, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and weekend breakfast options.
Since 1933, Jax Café has been surf 'n' turfing its way into the hearts and duodenums of Minneapolis with an extensive menu of steaks and chops. Cavalier carnivores get professional-grade protein in the form of slow-roasted prime rib, seasoned and slathered with au jus and creamy horseradish ($30.95), or the extravagant bone-in steer tenderloin, which couples the tender cut with a giant mushroom cap or baseball hat, depending on the season ($45.95). For a seafaring adventure, Jax Café invites crustacean cravers to pick their own whole Maine lobster from a saltwater tank before savoring it under more buttery circumstances ($48). Tickle liberated taste buds with a glass of effervescent Korbel Brut ($7.50) or white wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jax's extensive wine menu.
"People trust our judgment," Cravings Wine Bar & Grille owner Greg Rick told Woodbury magazine. "Many people come in and say, ‘Pick a bottle of wine for us. We pride ourselves that our servers are able to do that.” The sommelier-like skills of the wait staff aren’t the only draw. A menu of seasonal specialties, made with fresh ingredients, is complemented by a long and carefully curated list of well over 100 wines from across the globe. Selections by the glass or bottle pair nicely with parmesan-crusted walleye, caramelized shallot and gruyere fondue, grilled peach and ricotta salad, and pasta primavera with roasted garlic.
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.
Over nearly three decades, Golden's Deli has grown from a street vendor's cart selling toasted bagel sandwiches to an expansive eatery with an espresso bar and a walk-up window. Natural light pours in through tall windows, warming diners seated around the curling countertop of the espresso bar. Around the deli, artwork and installations by local artists decorate walls and empty spaces with thought-provoking shapes, distracting diners from their efforts to swallow three pancakes whole or alphabetize their receipt collections. Besides serving hot and cold sandwiches stacked with fresh ingredients, the eco-friendly restaurant also sells organic milk from Cedar Summit Dairy.
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.