Friday, November 16, 2007

128 Cafe - St. Paul, Minnesota

Residents of the MacGroveland Neighborhood in Saint Paul will be happy to know the 128 Cafe is back and better than ever. We stopped in for an early dinner on our way to the Timberwolves game at the Target Center in Minneapolis. For those who have been to the 128 Cafe, it is a 60 seat casual-sheik restaurant on the corner of Cleveland and Laurel right across the street from the University of Saint Thomas Campus and just minutes away from downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We started out with the steamed fennel mussels which were perfect. We also tried the chipotle seasoned pumpkin soup with creme fraiche and a caesar salad. Both were great and really hit the spot. For dinner we had the flank steak and bbq baby back ribs. The ribs, which were a specialty of the old 128 were fantastic as always. The meat falls off the bone and is not fatty at all. For desert we had the egg nog creme brulee which also did not disappoint. The dinner and wine menus are both very fairly priced which with the free Timberwolves tickets I got from my boss made for an inexpensive date! Overall a great way to kick off the evening and highly recommended. Valet parking is available and some of the street parking does require a permit.