Suburbs get snubbed a lot — Pleasantvilles with no culture, no history, no nightlife. Not true in Hopkins. If there is a recipe for what’s trendy in big-city neighborhoods, Hopkins already has all the ingredients. Updated Aug. 8, 2014
An occasional series in which we visit small towns and interesting neighborhoods within an hour's drive of the Twin Cities.
Savannah Weiden visits with customers at her aunt's restaurant, Shar'els Caf√© in Oakdale, July 18, 2014. (Courtney Perry/Special to the Star Tribune)
Technically, Shar-el’s (6030 50th St. N., 651-773-8636) sits in Oakdale, a few feet from North St. Paul’s eastern border, but this is where locals go for breakfast and lunch. Open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, it’s a real-deal diner, complete with a sign on the wall reading: “Let me drop EVERYTHING and work on your problem.” You half-expect to see Aunt Bee in the kitchen, pulling the homemade caramel cinnamon and pecan rolls out of the oven. “We get people from North St. Paul who come in two times a day,” said Savannah Weiden as she and her cousin, Myles Buersken, delivered stacks of steaming pancakes and topped off coffee cups. “We see a lot of familiar faces every day.”
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Jordan is a small city in Scott County.
Day trip to Jordan is first in an occasional series about fun, spur-of-the-moment day trips.