The 10 Best Restaurants In Cathedral Hill, Minnesota

Cathedral Hill in St. Paul
Cathedral Hill in St. Paul | ©Spikenheimer/Flickr
Sarah Russek

Cathedral Hill is one of St. Paul’s oldest neighborhoods and was once the richest district in Minnesota. It is now a area of contrasts featuring both old, historic architecture and modern buildings. This beautiful picturesque neighborhood has many great restaurants to dine at and below is a list of the top 10 you should try.

1. Moscow On The Hill

Bar, Restaurant, Russian

If revolutionary fusion food is what you aim for, try Moscow On The Hill which brings together traditional mid-west American food and Russian cuisine. Visitors can find familiar comfort foods of this region of the US, as well as some uncharted territory on the Russian side. They also feature a vodka bar with one of the largest selections in the states and serves the best martini.

2. W.A Frost And Company

Restaurant, American

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The changing of the distinct Minnesota seasons drives the ingredients and inspiration for the cuisine found at W.A. Frost and Company. Menu supplies are sourced from local and family-owned farms that provide the artisanal palate. This style of creating the menu not only benefits the farmers who grow the food, but has proven popular with those who taste it as W.A. Frost has won over 37 awards for their food and wine. To know exactly what the chef is loving lately, try the chef’s sample tasting as your dining experience, complete with wine pairings.

3. Red Cow St. Paul

Red Cow St. Paul

Open until midnight all week, the Red Cow of St. Paul has burgers that are not to be missed. Using local beef, Red Cow puts a spin on the typical tavern food that can be found on many corners of the cities streets and instead strives for a certain degree of sophistication to accompany that tavern aesthetic. In addition to knowing the ingredients added to your burger, the menu features the listings of where and what grade the beef, or other meat, used in the burger came from.
393 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN, +1 651 789 0545

Turkey burgers | © Richard/Flickr

4. La Grolla

La Grolla

In a relaxing and trendy atmosphere, chef Antonio Tettamanzi creates traditional Italian cuisine in La Grolla with an even more traditional Italian feeling of family and inclusivity. Events especially benefit from this atmosphere as groups can dine together as a family, starting with traditional antipasti, moving on to a simple cappellini al basilico e pomodoro (angel hair, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil), or an intricate zuppa di pesce (shellfish and seafood in fish broth with tomato, garlic, basil, oregano, extra virgin olive oil, served with toasted Italian bread).
452 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN, +1 651 221 1061

5. Cheeky Monkey

Bistro, American

Cheeky Monkey bistro and café promises a fresh and cheeky twist to standard dining in Minnesota. They specialize in traditional American comfort food that is mostly familiar, with an unexpected twist. The café lunch menu has comforting items such as macaroni and cheese, consisting of chicken, goat’s cheese and rosemary. Additionally, there’s also the cheesy grits, which includes mascarpone, bacon and olive oil, both options are highly recommended at this establishment for lunch. For dinner, there’s more sumptuous and rich options, such as the pot pie with herb scone, or the unique salmon dish that is served with horseradish whipped potatoes, jicamus-citrus slaw and tangerine butter.

6. Muddy Pig

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub

The Muddy Pig is the quintessential neighborhood pub, specializing in American and Belgian beers. Their menu is designed to compliment the fine craft beers they are known for. With appetizers like nachos, sausage and kraut bake, and pig wings, the bar’s standards are high. With 48 draft lines, there are endless combinations of snacks and meals to be accompanied by your choice of beer, like the Fulton Sweet Child or Vine or Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

7. Bon Vie

Bistro, Restaurant, European, American, Dessert

With a rotating menu, Bon Vie entices guests with European-style breakfasts and bistro lunches. In the cozy bistro setting, all guests feel welcome and catered for. If you request a certain food that isn’t on the menu and the restaurant has the ingredients, they’ll happily make it for you. If you like to stick to the rules, one of the ever-present menu occupants is the Bon Vie scrambler, eggs scrambled with breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, scallions and potatoes.

8. Mango Thai

Mango Thai

If your tastebuds are more on the adventurous side, try Mango Thai which offers Thai cuisine with dine-in or take-out dinner and lunch. Created for their namesake, the mango spring rolls contain a fresh mix of greens, mango, avocado, mint and shrimp served with their peanut sauce or sweet chilli sauce. Unlike any other establishment in the area, Mango Thai is sure to satisfy the most outlandish of cravings with their delicious Thai cuisine.
610 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN, +1 651 291 1414

Thai red curry | © Steven Depolo/Flickr

9. Sweeney’s Saloon

Bar, Pub Grub

Sweeney’s Saloon leans more towards the eccentric side of bars and taverns, claiming that drinking there will ‘put hair on your chest’. Their menu includes the typical bar food selections like artichoke dip, chicken fingers, and baskets of fries, with their famous mustard mayo sauce, which are favorites amongst the locals. Pair any of these with a beer, or if you’re very selective, sample a few with their nine-ounce sample pours.

10. Commodore Bar and Restaurant

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy

Previously the Commodore Hotel, with guests such as F. Scott and Ella Fitzgerald, and also previously closed to the public for the last 30 years, The Commodore Bar and Restaurant reopened in October 2015. It is a place of legend and awe in St. Paul, with its art-deco design and historic feel. Since Prohibition is no longer a fixture of society, the bar’s specials include creative items like the Fitzgerald (DuNord Fitzgerald gin, house-made sour, angostura bitters, lemon twist) and the Commodore (Border bourbon, Commodore creme de cacao, Tattersall sour cherry).

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