I'm very nostalgic about my life in St. Paul. I miss many things about the city and the area. It doesn't help that HGTV regularly broadcasts shows about St. Paul / Minneapolis. Sigh..... Anyway, what do you do when you're nostalgic? You make lists.... Without further ado, here's Karen's Best of St. Paul:
- Best mechanic: Pat at Miller's Service is absolutely the most honest mechanic that I've met. Absolutely trustworthy.
- Best burger pub: The Nook on Hamline and Randolph. Get a Nookie burger which has cheese stuffed inside the burger. Also, after you've grabbed a beer+burger, head down to the RanHam bowling alley beneath the Nook. It'll take you straight back to the fifties.
- Best grocery/deli: I'm a huge fan of Kowalski's on Grand Avenue. Great produce and a superb deli offering. I love their pre-marinated meats, just go home and throw it on the frying pan and you have a scrumptious entrÈe.
- Best organic grocery: Skip the national chains and go to Mississippi Market. They have two locations in St. Paul. Their organic produce is excellent and they have a wonderful bulk food section.
- Best camera store: National Camera in Golden Valley has a great used camera department on the second floor. They also advertise in Shutterbug and sell on ebay.
- Best cheap haircut: If you are not risk-adverse, the best cheap haircut is through the Aveda School in Minneapolis. Get your hair cut by a trainee for a third of what it would cost in an Aveda salon.
- Best woodworker's store: The Rockler in the Uptown part of Minneapolis. Nice people, the store is well equipped, great classes in the basement. They run regular sales so get on their mailing list.
This is a list in process, so if you have any suggestions, please post them below!