Feb 102008
 

Cuisine: American, Breakfast, Pizza, Steak, Chops
Restaurant Features: Bar

Location: Downtown St Paul
Address: 253 West 7th Street  St Paul, MN 55102  651-228-9500
Links: Downtowner Website * Downtowner on FacebookGoogle Map

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Atmosphere: Very nice and comfortable! The entire building was renovated in 2001 and the restaurant now has an open floor plan with a gorgeous bar (with water falls!) and a large fireplace.  Booths and tables can accommodate larger groups.

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Menu: Breakfast is very popular at the Downtowner, with a variety of egg options and omelets (Farmer’s, Denver, Ham & Cheese, Everything, Southwestern, etc). Other items include Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, Stuffed French Toast, Belgian Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Steak & Eggs,  and the famous Cajun Breakfast.

Lunch options include a large variety of salads, Woodfired Pizzas, Hamburgers, and Fire-roasted meats.  Sandwiches include Ham & Cheese, Grilled Chicken, Reuben, Black Angus, Cajun Chicken, Club House, Chicken Salad, and Turkey.

Dinner menu includes all items on lunch menu with the addition of the following entrees: Downtowner Sirloin, T-Bone 22oz. Steak, Filet of Tenderloin, Wild King Salmon Filet, Bone-in Prime NY Strip Steak, Twin 8 oz. Pork Chop, New Zealand Lamb Chops (7), Semi-Boneless Free Range Chicken Breast, Fettuccini Primavera Alfredo, Seafood Puttanesca, Sicilian Sausage a la vino bianco,
Thai Chicken Pasta.

Price guide: Breakfast  $6-11 Lunch $8-19  Dinner Entrees $ 18-36
What I ordered: By recommendation I ordered the stuffed French Toast. I love French Toast, and I wasn’t sure what to expect when they said “stuffed”.  Stuffed apparently means a thin layer of cream cheese between two pieces of bread.  The strawberries were actually served on top of the French Toast, not inside like I had envisioned.  The taste of the Stuffed French Toast was pretty good and had a light cripsy texture on the outside, but I found that the cream cheese layer inside made the bread  soggy in the middle. It was good, but I was disappointed that I only got three small pieces and it did not come with any meat for $8.95.  It was good, but next time I will probably stick with the standard French Toast.

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One of my companions ordered the Farmer’s Omelet (Ham, green peppers, onion and cheese).

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Another companion ordered the Cajun Breakfast (Hashbrowns with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, Cajun sausage,
over easy eggs, cheese, Moe’s special hollandaise sauce and
toast).

Two of my companions were children, and they ordered the French Toast and Pancakes from the Children’s Menu. The bacon is thick and crispy, excellent!!

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Service: Very good, somewhat fast.  Might be slow on the weekends during the breakfast rush.
Overall Impression: Nice atmosphere and good food, but priced a little high.  Parking can be difficult to find; there is a Lot across the street but it is much too small.
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