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128 Cafe

128 Cleveland Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104 | Macalester/Groveland | 651-645-4128

Location Description:

This quirky little restaurant in the basement of a St. Paul apartment building is now in its second incarnation, after one of the waitresses bought the place from the former owners. The ribs are a must-order--they're the baby-got-back of baby back ribs--as is the roasted garlic appetizer with goat cheese and apple chutney.When weather permits, the restaurant's street food truck, 128 Mobile Cafe, parks in downtown St. Paul during lunchtime, serving up the signature ribs plus several sandwiches and salads.

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  • Cuisine(s): American
  • Hours: Tue-Thu, Sun 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • Price: $$, $$$
  • Serving: Brunch, Dinner
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: Street, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly

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