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BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING Minneapolis 2004 - WA Frost and Co.

WA Frost and Co.

WA Frost and Co.

374 Selby Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55102

651-967-7259

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Located in St. Paul's historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood, W.A. Frost recalls an era when dining out was an elegant event deserving of top hats and elbow-length white gloves. In the winter, brick fireplaces warm rooms lined in Victorian paintings. On the patio in the summer, twinkling white lights snake through the overhanging branches, illuminating the colorful coleus and purple geraniums of the patio garden. Though the patio is stamped with Frost's signature quaint charm, white plastic furniture has replaced the fancy white linens, and the attire is more T-shirts and shorts than suit and tie. Seasonal menus created by executive chef Russell Klein, who has studied culinary arts in the south of France and Italy, help make even a grilled chicken sandwich feel trés chic. The casual outdoor menu features salads and sandwiches (such as a fried oyster po' boy), but guests still can choose from the high-end European-inspired dining room menu. Frost also features an outdoor garden bar, which is a perfect place to begin a season-long adventure in tasting at least 10 of the 900 wine selections.

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