I shared some favorite experiences that you can only get in St Paul on the Jason Show. I love spotlighting new Picks for people! Check them out and see my write ups below.
Wabasha Street Caves:
The Wabasha caves have hosted visitors for over 25 years and infamous visitors long before that. In the 1920’s the Caves were used as a restaurant and nightclub known as the Wabasha Street Speak Easy. Legend has it the speakeasy is said to have been frequented by John Dillinger and Ma Barker. This is a 45-minute walking tour. On Thursday nights at 6pm they have a Swing Dance lesson and big band music from 7-10pm for only $8. If the bus is more your thing the St Paul Gangster Tour takes you back to the 1920’s in a coach bus. Throughout the 2-hour ride they will introduce you to the St Paul landscape as it was then with the mobsters of the day and the sites they frequented including a house tour down Summit Avenue.
Conny’s Creamy Cone:
1197 N Dale Street
If you love soft serve and coney dogs this is your spot. This ice cream and food stand harkens back to the 1960’s and is a seasonal treasure and frequented neighborhood spot. There are over 24 flavors of soft serve at this seasonal spot including Peanut Butter, Crème De Menthe, Banana and Blueberry and Coconut. Check out the Coneys, Burgers and Onion Rings too.
Dari-ette Drive In:
1440 Minnehaha Avenue St Paul
This is a one of a kind 1950’s diner where you order from a call box next to your car, and a server brings out your order on a tray. In addition to the typical burgers and fries, they have wonderful made to order fried chicken and a phenomenal red sauce spaghetti that you can also have on their meatball sandwich, made famous by Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Inn’s and Dives. The red sauce is available by the pint, quart or gallon for take home. Side note – if you crave the soft serve crunch cone that is very hard to find these days you can find it at the Dari-ette in St Paul.
Mavericks Roast Beef:
1746 Lexington Avenue N
Mavericks is a Roast Beef sandwich institution that was closed and then re-opened, and the new owners are doing everything right. If you love soft tender roast beef piled high on a pillowy bun with horsey sauce and a side of potato cakes – Check out this counter service spot in Roseville in a Strip Mall.
217 Como Ave
Imagine an indoor flea market with DVD’s, Clothes and Cosmetics crossed with a food market, and you have Hmongtown Marketplace, a unique one of a kind St Paul experience. The market has over 200 stalls and sprawls throughout three buildings and outdoors. From Packaged Pigs Ears to Papaya Salad and Rice Cakes to tons of different noodle soups you will find lots of new things to taste. My favorite is the Stuffed Chicken Wings. These chicken wings are stuffed with cellophane noodles, grated carrots and ground pork – stuffed in a chicken wing, deep fried and drizzled with a spicy chili sauce. These are worth driving for and are a very unique feature to the market.