Jun 022012
 

The guys over at Restaurant Connection have recently expanded their delivery area and list of restaurants to include several in the wonderful City of St Paul.

Offering delivery to the following Zip Codes:

  • 55101  (St Paul)
  • 55102 ( St Paul)
  • 55103 (South Como)
  • 55104 (Merriam Park)
  • 55105 (Macalester)
  • 55108 (Falcon Heights)
  • 55111 (Airport)
  • 55112 (New Brighton)
  • 55113 (Roseville)
  • 55114 (Prospect Park)
  • 55116 (Highland Park)
  • 55150 (Airport)
  • 55155 (St Paul)

St Paul Restaurants added to the list:

  • Fuji-Ya
  • The Italian Pie Shoppe
  • Everest on Grand

Additionally, Restaurant Connection offers delivery of many Minneapolis restaurants to the St Paul area.  The site is easy to use and ordering is also very straightforward.  I had a great experience when I used them last summer and think they’re worth a try the next time you’re in need of restaurant delivery.  They do corporate events too.

Mar 102012
 

Cuisine: Breakfast, Deli
Restaurant Features: Cafeteria Style, Counter Service, Delivery, On-Site Parking
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 32 Fillmore Ave E St Paul, MN 55107  651-291-8868
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-2pm

Links: Wabasha Deli Website * Wabasha Deli on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: Located on Wabasha just before it heads across the Mississippi into Downtown St Paul, the Wabasha Cafe makes its home in the same industrial building as Nasseff Mechanical.  The parking lot is quite big but the interior is rather unimpressive.  It has an old, grungy feel to it and the items in the deli case were just as unimpressive. You order at the counter where there are hand-written menu boards displayed on the wall behind.  You wait while your sandwich is being made and pay at the far counter after you get your food.

Most of the seating is in the form of wooden bistro tables and chairs near the front of the space near the windows.

There is also a dining nook that was created for a more cozy place to eat, a very welcome addition.

Menu: Breakfast is served until 10:15 and includes McWabasha Muffin Sandwich, Philly Sandwich, Eggs, Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes and French Toast.

Omelettes are made with three eggs and include Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Wabasha Special (ham, cheese, onion and green pepper), Veggie, and Protein (bacon, ham, sausage, cheese).

Sandwich options at Wabasha Deli include Club House, Turkey, Roast Beef, Corned Beef, Ham and Hard Salami.  Bread options include White, Wheat, Rye, Hoagie Roll or Croissant.  There are also a handful of Wraps offered such as BLT, Turkey & Garlic, Egg Salad Olive, Pesto Cream Cheese Veggie, Turkey Cucumber Ranch, Turkey Bacon Bleu Cheese, Chicken Caesar and Asian Chicken.

Hot Lunch Items include Sloppy Joes, Chili, Chili Nachos, Italian Roast Beef Hoagie, Corned Beef Hoagie, Turkey Bacon Club Croissant.

Price guide: Breakfast $3-5 Salads $  Sandwiches $4-6

What we ordered: This was my first time to visit Wabasha Deli so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I will almost always choose a hot sandwich over a cold one, and I especially like reubens, so it was an easy choice when I saw Reuben Panini on the menu.  My companion also ordered the same sandwich.  I can be very picky when it comes to Reubens and I have to admit my expectations  weren’t real high, based solely on the looks of the deli counter.  I asked and was told that the meats are all sliced fresh daily.  This reuben was pretty good, better than I expected.  It had several slices of deli-style corned beef, real swiss cheese that was thickly sliced, and a heaping of good sauerkraut and thousand island dressing.  The marble rye bread was crispy from the panini press, giving the sandwich a nice crunch.  We both ordered ours with kettle chips and deli pickle, which was an additional charge.

I also bought a White Chocolate Macademia Nut Cookie that was soft and chewy.

Service: The person behind the counter who helped me was helpful and friendly.  There was a line about 5-10 people deep when we arrived but it went quickly.  I was appreciative of the wait so that I could peruse the menu boards.  Our sandwiches were prepared in about five minutes.
Overall Impression: The Reuben Panini and the cookie that I tried were both tasty, although I think I would prefer to get my order to go next time.  Quick and inexpensive.
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Nov 252011
 

Cuisine: American, Wings
Restaurant Features: Counter Service, Delivery, Flat Screen TV, On-Site Parking
Location: Maplewood, MN
Address: 705 Century Ave N Maplewood, MN 55119 (651) 730-7768
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-10pm  Friday 11am-11pm Saturday 12pm-11pm  Sunday 11am-7pm
Links: D-Spot Website * D-Spot on Facebook * Google Map

Atmosphere: D-Spot is located in Maplewood (bordering Oakdale), in a strip mall at the corner of Century Ave and 10th Street.  When you first walk in, you will see the front counter where you order your food.  The dining room itself has a handful of tables for dining in, or there is a small waiting area near the front if you choose to take-out.

Menu: The plethora of Chicken Wings at D-Spot can be divided into 4 groups: Spicy, Savory, Comfort and Sweet.

Spicy Wings include Chipotle BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Asian BBQ, Ginger, Szechuan, Voo Doo, Jerk, Buffalo, Iron Man (sweet/spicy), Incredible Hulk (green coconut curry), Pachadi (mago yogurt curry), Volcano, Ochre (honey mustard), Vaporizer (horseradish, mustard, honey), El Loco (super HOT), Toxic Avenger (green coconut curry, italian salsa verde, and sriracha), Ben Grimm (red and green curry, pineapple and toasted coconut), Kamikazee (chili, horseradish buffalo and fried garlic), War Machine (jerk and iron man), Bathala’s Bliss (ginger, honey, thai chilis, coconut milk, peanut butter, lime juice and cilantro), Dragon’s Breath (sriracha, honey, horseradish aioli) and Desert Heat (harrisa, sriracha, honey and dry rub).

Savory Wings include Honey Butter, Italiano (mint, parsley, basil, garlic, capers, anchovy and red pepper), Salsa Verde, Moroccan (yellow curry, apple and orange juice, raisin, carrot, yogurt), Twist (lemon/lime zest, toasted cumin, coriander), Kitchen Sink (3 dry rubs, 3 sauces), Teriyaki (soy, pineapple and orange), M.P.G (fondue style potato and gravy), Muay Thai (coconut milk, peanut butter, chili), Tunisian (harrisa), Meatball (chili cranberry marmalade), Marsala (pancetta, mushroom, marsala), Cordon Bleu, Iberian (chorizo, smoked paprika), Black Widow (soy glaze, crackel fennel, jerk rub), Frenchy (caramelized onion and sweet balsamic), Widow Maker (iron man and black widow).

Comfort Wings include Peanut Butter and Jelly, Country Fried, Alfredo, Lalapalooza (lavender, peppercorn, mustard vinegar), Blue Moon (bleu cheese cream), Four Seasons, Ranch, El Rancho (ranch and buffalo), Buffalo Bill (bleu cheese and buffalo), Cacciatore (tomato, rosemary, garlic), Pesto, Johnny Apple Seed (apple pear, caramelized onion, bleu cheese), Kariboo (coffee, chocolate, acho chili), Sri Lanka (pineapple gastric dusted in cayenne), Traditional BBQ, Honey BBQ, Pineapple BBQ and Huckleberry Finn (blueberry, honey, barbeque).

Sweet Wing varieties include Mound of Joy (coconut milk, dark chocolate, crushed almonds), Snackers (peanut butter, caramel, crushed nuts, chocolate and sea salt), Reese’s (peanut butter, milk chocolate, sea salt), Chicken and Waffles (maple brown sugar, creme anglaise, cinnamon, powdered sugar), The Canadian (bourbon, brown sugar, maple syrup, sea salt), Caramel Delight (caramel, sea salt, drizzle of chocolate), Black & Blue (black and blueberries), Strawberry (strawberries and balsamic syrup), D’s Short Cake (strawberry, creme anglaise, almonds and cream), Naked Turtle (caramel with pecans), Fruity Pebbles (boisenberry, lemon, lime and honey) and French Toast (cinnamon, maple syrup).

In addition to wings, you can also order Burgers and Sandwiches such as Luciann (two 1/4lb patties), D-Burger (with coleslaw, fries and american cheese), Emma James (smoked pancetta, fried egg, and harissa aioli), Mushroom & Swiss, and Red Baron (caramelized shallots, red wine butter), Cheddar Cheese, Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken, and Falafel.
Price guide: $6/6 wings or $10/dozen  Burgers/Sandwiches $5-8
Weekly Specials:  Monday Nights during football season:  $40 for 60 wings

What we ordered: We started with the Bathala’s Bliss, which was my personal favorite of the five flavors we tried.  These wings were lightly floured and then fried until golden, then bathed in a delicious and somewhat thick Thai-inspired sauce consisting of ginger, honey, peanut butter, coconut milk, lime juice and then topped with Thai chilis and cilantro.  Very flavorful; slightly sweet from the honey and peanut butter but also savory from the chili and cilantro. Yum.  I will crave these from now on whenever I think of wings, they were awesome.

Next we tried the Black Widow, which were wings rubbed with jerk seasoning and cracked fennel then tossed with a somewhat sweet soy glaze.  Very good, I liked the sweet/savory combo.

Next we tried the Ginger Wings, which were tossed in a sauce of honey, ginger, garlic and then topped with spicy Thai chilis.  These were also good; the honey flavor came through stronger than any of the others so they were slightly sweet.

Another of the Wing flavors that we tried was the Twist.  These were a dry wing seasoned with lemon/lime zest, toasted cumin, and coriander.  These were very good if you like a drier wing.  My companion loved them and preferred these over any of the others.

We also tried the Buffalo Bill, which were a step up from your basic buffalo wing.  The sauce was very tasty and had a decent amount of spice and the wings were coated nicely with it then topped with bleu cheese crumbles.  I love buffalo wings and I love bleu cheese so this was a winning combo for me.

We also ordered a side of seasoned fries, which were delicious! They seemed to be lightly battered and heavily seasoned, which I loved.  They came with seasoned mayo for dipping.  I had a couple of fries in between each new flavor of wing I tried.

Service: Our wings were prepared to-order, and the five different wings took approximately 15 minutes.

Overall Impression: I had heard about D-Spot a few months ago and had been wanting to try it ever since.  My actual experience exceeded expectations!  With 60+ flavors of wings, there is a wing for everyone.  My new favorite spot for wings is definitely D-Spot!
D-Spot on Urbanspoon
:D-Spot Reviews in Maplewood

Oct 282010
 

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta, Desserts
Restaurant Features: Delivery, On-Site Parking
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 3555 Chicago Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55407  612-825-6827

Jakeeno’s Trattoria- 920 E. Lake St. #113 Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-767-1102
Hours: M-F 11am  Sat-Sun  4pm
Links: Jakeeno’s Website *Jakeeno’s Facebook Page *Google Map

Atmosphere: Jakeeno’s Pizza and Pasta is located in south Minneapolis, on Chicago at E 36th.  The interior is vibrant and colorful, with brightly painted walls and a number of wooden tables along either side of the space.

Menu: Appetizers at Jakeeno’s include Artichoke Dip, Chicken Wings, Garlic Provolone Toast, and Italian Toast.

Salads are the Baby Greens with Walnuts, Caesar, House and Antipasto.

Sandwiches include Meatball, Chicken Parmesan, and Spicy Sausage Link.

Jakeeno’s Pasta dishes include Lasagna, Chicken Florentine, Pasta Primavera, Chicken Parmesan, Stuffed Shells, Roasted Vegetable Cannelloni, Baked Rigatoni, Italian Spaghetti, and Jumbo Beef Ravioli.

Build-your-Own-Pizza in either 10″, 13″ or 15″ or try one of these Specialty Pizzas: Chicago Super, House Special (sausage, pepperoni, mushroom), Jakeeno’s Favorite, Vegetarian Special, Spinach Special, Rosemary Potato, Barbeque Special, Primavera and Greek.

Jakeeno’s also has desserts such as the Walnut Brownie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mocha Layer Cake, and Mini Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Price guide: Appetizers $2-8  Salads $4/6.50 Sandwiches $7.50  Pastas $9-12 Pizzas $13-22

What we ordered: One of the first things I noticed when I walked into Jakeeno’s for the first time was the white sign with the Daily Specials and a Dollar Menu.  I was in the company of three small children and the small order of penne for $1 was about the right size for each of them, but a hungry child could easily eat two.  The sauce was tasty and not at all spicy.  Garlic cheese toast was also $1.  The kids loved them!

The Garlic Cheese Bread was baked to the perfect combo of textures; golden brown and toasty around the edges and on the bottom, then soft and buttery bread under the layer of bubbly provolone. The provolone gave it a deeper flavor than mozzarella would, very tasty!

My companion and I split a full order of the Baby Greens Salad.  Pictured below is half the salad, the size of a typical side salad.  The baby greens were very fresh, a mix of spinach, arugula and others, then tossed in a balsimic vinaigrette and topped with walnuts and asiago cheese crumbles.  I thought the salad was good but it would’ve been better with some type of sweet addition

There were many specialty pizzas that looked great but we decided on this 10″ Primavera Pizza.  It isn’t often that I order a veggie-only pizza but this one was very good! The thin crust was covered with Jakeeno’s homemade sauce, then topped with zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, garlic, onions, mushrooms and a generous heaping of mozzarella.  This beauty was baked so that all the veggies were cooked but still somewhat al dente.  I loved the textures of this pizza and the strong garlic really gave the sauce an extra kick.  It would’ve been even better with sausage and/or pepperoni but meat wasn’t necessary to make it delicious.

Service: We had very good service at Jakeeno’s.  The server was very accommodating when dealing with the kids in our party and food was served quickly.
Overall Impression: Jakeeno’s is a good restaurant to bring the family but  if you can’t dine in, they also deliver.  Make sure you ask about daily specials, sometimes they offer all-you-can-eat spaghetti.

Jakeeno's Pizza and Pasta on Urbanspoon

Jan 182010
 

Cuisine: Pizza, Delicatessen (hoagies)

Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter-Service, Delivery, Kids Menu, On-Site Parking (at many locations)

Locations: Arden Hills, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Rogers, Roseville, Savage, St Paul, Woodbury
Addresses: (Click here for Maps of Davanni’s Locations)

Arden Hills: 3673 Lexington Ave N Arden Hills, MN 55126 651-481-7100

Bloomington:
8605 Lyndale Ave S Bloomington, MN 55420 952-888-6232

Brooklyn Center:
5937 Summit Dr Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 763-566-8220

Burnsville: 14639 CR 11 Burnsville, MN 55337 952-431-1500

Coon Rapids: 3430 129th Ave NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448 763-712-1000

Eagan:
1960 Cliff Lake Rd Eagan, MN 55123 651-688-6111

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Prairie: 8061 Flying Cloud Dr Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-941-4444

Edina: 5124 Gus Young Ln Edina, MN 55436 952-920-9090

Golden Valley:
663 Winnetka Ave N Golden Valley, Mn 55427 763-398-0303

Minneapolis: 1242 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403 612-338-0000

Minnetonka: 15200 Highway 7 Minnetonka, MN 55345 952-938-4243

Plymouth:
3015 Harbor Ln N Plymouth, MN 55447 763-550-0003

Richfield:
2312 W 66th St Richfield, MN 55423 612-866-3324

Rogers:
14165 James Road Rogers, Mn 55374 763-428-2990

Roseville, 1905 W Perimeter Dr Roseville, MN 55113 651-636-3411

Savage: 14125 Highway 13 Savage, MN 55378 952-440-1200

St Paul:
310 White Bear AveSt. Paul, MN 55106 651-738-6992

St Paul:
41 Cleveland Ave S St. Paul, MN 55105 651-690-4848

Uptown Mpls: 1414 W Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-822-3111

Woodbury: 1905 Donegal Dr Woodbury, MN 55125 651-739-1010

Links: Davanni’s Website

Davannis-outside

Atmosphere: The East St Paul Davanni’s location is just off I-94 and White Bear Ave.  Like all other Davanni’s location, customers order at a counter and then wait for their name to be called when order is ready.

Davannis-counterservice

There are several different seating areas, each with booths that can accommodate up to four people.  There are also a  couple of tables in the very back section of the dining room.  There are many windows throughout the restaurant, leaving it very well lit during the day.

Davannis-inside

Menu: Appetizers include Potato Chips, Breadsticks and Garlic Cheese Bread.

Salads at Davanni’s are the Garden Salad, Side Garden, Chicken Cobb, Italian Chef, Oriental Chicken, Southwestern Chicken, Spinach Chicken, Chicken Caesar, and Side Caesar.

Hoagie sandwiches are served on either white, whole grain, or ciabatta roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo.   Options include Southwestern Chicken, Chicken Bacon Honey Mustard, Chicken Breast, Turkey/Bacon/Cheddar, Turkey, BLT w/ Cheddar, Club, Roast Beef, Pastrami, Ham, Salami, Tuna Melt, Veggie, and Three Cheese. Hot subs made with meat, marinara and cheese only include Chicken Parmigiano, Meatball, Sausage, and Pizza.

Davanni’s Pizza can be ordered with a choice of three different crusts (thin, traditional and deep dish) and two sauces (red and white).  Sizes pizzas come in are Solo, Medium and Laqrge.  Toppings choices are Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Sliced Chicken Breast, Canadian Bacon, Hamburger, Red Onion, Green Pepper, Garlic, Mushrooms, Hot Peppers, Green Olive, Black Olive, Pineapple, Bacon, Gorgonzola Cheese, Anchovies, Roma Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, and Jalapeños.

Davanni’s also has Penne Pasta (with chicken, meatballs or sausage), Lasagna and Stuffed Calzones.

Kids menu items include Hlaf Pasta, Solo Cheese Pizza, or Half Ham Hoagy.

Desserts include Brownies, Rice Crispy Treats, and Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Price guide: Hoagies $3.25-7  Salads $4-7   Pizzas $5-20  Calzones $5.50+

What We ordered: My companions and I ordered a variety of pizzas, including this large Chicago-style deep dish pizza with pepperoni and sausage.  Davanni’s deep dish is a treat for those who like real Chicago-style pizza and has been my one of family’s favorites for many years.  The buttery brown crust is at least 1″ deep yet it is light.  The lightness of the crust is deceiving because the pizza is actually very filling.   The cheese and meats were baked directly on top of the crust with pizza sauce spread out on the very top to prevent the crust from getting soggy.  The large pizza had 10-12 wedges.

Davannis-deepdishpizza

Our party also ordered a Large Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza.  The crust on the thin crust pizza was also pretty good, crispy but slightly chewy.  It was loaded with melted mozzarella and a fair amount of pepperoni (although I personally like more).

Davannis-thincrust c and olive oil)

This is a solo deep dish pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms and “pink” sauce.  Pink sauce simply means that it has both white sauce (garlic and olive oil) and red sauce.  If you like garlic, you would love either the white or the pink sauce.  This pizza was also very good, the mushrooms were fresh and there was a lot of pepperoni.  The light and buttery deep dish crust practically melts in your mouth.

Davannis-solodeepdish

One of my companions ordered a half pizza hoagy on whole grain with a special request for the sauce to be served on side.  This is a good sandwich but it doesn’t have much substance, just a thin layer of pepperoni and a thin layer of melted cheese on one half of the bread.  You better order the whole sandwich if you’re hungry!

Davannis-pizzahoagie

Another companion ordered a pepperoni and veggie calzone to-go.  Safe to say that this thing was loaded with melted cheese, meat and veggies.

Davannis-calzone

Service: You can call ahead for pick up or delicery, otherwise Davanni’s offers standard counter-service.  There are typically 2-3 cashiers taking orders during the lunch and dinner rush but you can still expect to wait a few minutes before placing your order. It was fairly busy during my visit and it took about 30-40 minutes for our pizzas, which seems a reasonable amount of time for the deep dish pizzas to bake.
Overall Impression: Davanni’s has excellent deep dish pizza and is conveniently located in several places around the Twin Cities.  Service is reasonably fast and menu prices aren’t going to break the bank.
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