Check, Please: Wild dining in St. Paul

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 2:39 PM

The oyster bar at Meritage.

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Follow the crowds to 102-year-old Cossetta’s, which boasts a new-and-improved casual pizza-pasta setup, along with Louis, an ambitious Italian restaurant and bar.

211 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476, www.cossettas.com

 

Slip into the lovely bar at Forepaugh’s and whirl through chef Donald Gonzalez’s imaginative appetizer-focused menu: duck fried rice, chicken samosas with a mango dipping sauce, foie gras- and truffle-fortified poutine, tamarind-glazed chicken wings and more.

276 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, 651-224-5606, www.forepaughs.com

 

Make the stroll across Rice Park to lively Meritage, where chef/co-owner Russell Klein offers an unparalleled oyster selection and caters to varied tastes with cassoulet, sturgeon poached in duck fat, lobster-avocado salad and what might be the Twin Cities’ best French fries.

410 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-222-5670,

www.meritage-stpaul.com

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