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ISSUE 115 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/15/2002

For what it'$ worth

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 15, 2002

Stav Hall and local restaurants certainly have their charms, but if youre ready to take your taste buds on a tour of the fun and funky, youre in luck. Weve found ten great restaurants North of Northfield that are truly worth it. No matter if youre pinching your pennies or rolling in this years tax return, weve got just the place for you and your friends. Worth the ice cream headache: Grand Ole Creamery, 750 Grand Ave St. Paul 651-293-1665 The sight of hard homemade ice cream made right before you, the smell of fresh waffle cones wafting through the air and the taste of well over 31 flavors will tantalize your senses and keep you coming back to the Grand Ole Creamery whenever youre in the mood for a frozen treat. Worth the parking meter: Annies Parlour, 313 14th Ave SE Minneapolis 612-379-0744 Annies Parlour in Dinkytown is the perfect choice for a burger, fries and old-fashioned malt. The menu includes a variety of traditional burgers with all the fixings, but if youre looking for the ultimate patty, the Riverside -- an open-faced burger loaded with cheese, green peppers and onions -- might be just what you had in mind. And dont forget to ask for extra gravy to go with those fries. Free parking is usually hard to find -- especially when the Gophers are in town -- so bring your change for the meter. Worth the Rolaids: Boca Chica, 11 Concord St. St. Paul 651-222-8499 Boca Chica, located on St. Pauls west side, offers an authentic Mexican spread for both lunch and dinner. House specialties run from $9 to $13 and include enchiladas, flautas, chile relleno and mole poblano con pollo. Generous portions, well-blended margaritas and live mariachi music make this cantina a great spot to experience the zesty flavors of Mexico, but we strongly suggest an antacid appetizer before you embark on this spicy journey. Worth the $$$: Schumachers Historic European Hotel & Restaurant, 212 W Main St. New Prague 952-758-2133 Chef John and the entire staff at Schumachers offer delectable entrées and impeccable service. While prices may seem a little steep for a college budget, the scallop-stuffed mushrooms, followed by raspberry sorbet and grilled lamb tenderloins with steamed vegetables are certainly worth your money on a special occasion. Worth the ambiance: Loring Pasta Bar 327 14th Ave SE Minneapolis 612-378-4849 The Loring Pasta Bar doesnt take reservations, but we dont think youll mind waiting for a semi-circular booth or cozy table for two while listening to the nightly band in this eclectic wonderland. The newly renovated brick building -- once called home by Minnesota rock legend Bob Dylan -- now houses one of the metros latest hot spots. Highly recommended: calamari followed by saffron linguine or spinach lasagna. Worth the fat grams: Caffe Latte, 850 Grand Ave St. Paul 651-224-5687 If dessert is your passion, then Caffe Latte on Grand Avenue is the place for you. Soups, sandwiches and salads dot the menu, but this corner café has become almost legendary for its savory chocolate tortes, luscious cheesecakes and scrumptious meringue pies. Calories dont exist when youre within the walls of this sweet haven! Worth the cover charge: Jazzmines, 123 N 3rd St. Minneapolis 612-378-4849 Jazzmines, a swanky addition to the Minneapolis Warehouse District, serves up hot Cajun cuisine and cool jazz nightly. Adding just a few extra dollars to your bill will let you keep your great seats for an after-dinner concert by up-and-coming artists in the Twin Cities. Recommended: complimenting the musical talent by taking turn or two around the dance floor. Worth the wait: Taste of Thailand, 1671 Selby Ave St. Paul 651-644-3997 With over 80 Thai dishes including sizzling stir-fries and tangy noodles, Taste of Thailand will bring you back to Selby Avenue time and again for a bite of the exotic. Friday and Saturday are usually busy, so be prepared to write your name on the list and wait for a table, but the food will more than make up for any delay. Personal favorites include cream cheese puffs, spring rolls and pork pad Thai. Worth the drive: Granite City, 3945 2nd St. S St. Cloud 320-203-9000 Granite City in St. Cloud offers an excellent buffet for Sunday brunch. Youll forget the two-hour drive once you bite into the parmesan potatoes, Belgian waffles, eggs benedict and fresh croissants. The giant television screens, microbrewery and friendly staff also make Granite City a great location for an afternoon of Sunday sports. Worth the wet naps: Macs Fish n Chips, 1330 Larpenteur Ave. St. Paul 651-489-5299 At Macs Fish n Chips, youll find great golden-battered halibut with a side of coleslaw, French fries or even Wonder bread. The space is small but the food is tasty and cheap. Macs has all you need for a quick and delicious Irish feast on St. Patricks Day.

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