Project: Twin Cities day trips

  • An occasional series in which we visit small towns and interesting neighborhoods within an hour's drive of the Twin Cities.

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Savannah Weiden visits with customers at her aunt's restaurant, Shar'els Café in Oakdale, July 18, 2014. (Courtney Perry/Special to the Star Tribune)

  • Day trip: North St. Paul is an old-style small town in town

    Article By: BILL WARD ,Star Tribune Publish July 19, 2014 2:00 AM / Update July 19, 2014 9:19 AM

    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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