Chef's Day Off: Where Susan Dunlop of Joan's in the Park likes to eat

Chef's Day Off: Where Susan Dunlop of Joan's in the Park likes to eat
Sasha Landskov

It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's Day Off series reveals some of the lusted-after dishes and top restaurant picks of the talented people who shape our local food scene.

This week's featured food professional is Susan Dunlop, chef and co-owner of the charming bistro Joan's in the Park in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. Before opening her own place, Dunlop spent time at restaurants like Morton's the Steakhouse, Capital Grille, and Tria in North Oaks -- all places with a foundation in classic American cuisine, but her standby destinations for dining on her nights off are chosen more for the hours they're open rather than just by what's on the menu.

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Restaurant Alma: Our restaurant is closed on Mondays, so that is the night we get to dine out most often. Unfortunately, a lot of other restaurants are closed on the same day, so on Mondays Alma is our go-to restaurant. We always have great food there. 

Acqua, Meritage, the Strip ClubOn the off chance we get to leave our restaurant early during the week, these are our favorite spots. 

Nightingale: We visited this place recently and had a great time there. Leaving "early" for us is still usually after 9 p.m., so we really appreciate it when restaurants serve late and when they stick to their posted hours. Nothing is more frustrating than rushing to some place only to find out they closed early because it was dead.

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Joan's in the Park

631 S. Snelling Ave.
St Paul, MN 55116


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