Diner's Journal: Newcomers in St. Paul and Minneapolis

  • Updated: May 9, 2014 - 10:14 PM

The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen in south Minneapolis.

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Place these newcomers on your dining-out itinerary.

What had been Serlin’s is now Cook St. Paul, serving modernized, made-from-scratch comfort food at breakfast and lunch, with a few Korean favorites tossed in the mix. Dessert is pie, served with excellent, made-in-Minneapolis Sweet Science ice cream. Top price is $10.95. Open daily.

1124 Payne Av., St. Paul, 651-756-1787, www.cookstp.com


Breads and sweets are the stars at the Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen — for a true sampling, pair the supersized bread basket ($6) with a soup or salad — but lunch and dinner also include pizzas and a handful of entrees (mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, lamb goulash) and a few well-crafted sandwiches. There are cakes, of course, but also breakfast’s blueberry-bacon-maple cupcakes and a crazy-good cinnamon roll, all served in a spiffy setting by a super-accommodating staff at the counter. Closed Mondays.

2515 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-872-2221, www.copperhenkitchen.com


Corner Table has a new, larger home, two blocks south of its longtime storefront. Chef/co-owner Thomas Boemer is continuing his refined, seasonally inspired cooking in the former La Chaya. (Boemer, no stranger to carpentry, is responsible for some of the renovation details.) Celebrate the new digs with the five-course tasting menu ($65, with a $30 wine pairing option) or go all-out and book the kitchen table, a $125-per-person food fest. Dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.

4537 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-823-0011, www.cornertablerestaurant.com


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