As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2016, coming April 20, we're serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Here are the best dishes, drinks, snacks, and sweet treats we encountered over the last year.
Where else in either city (the world?) can you feed a hungry family of five in a restaurant for under $40 and still take home leftovers? The Original Red's Savoy on St. Paul's east side shows its 50 years on the planet in every shabby yet fabulous carpet fiber, in the shiny patina of the wood paneling, and in that stooped-over regular in the John Deere cap who's been sipping the same glass of Michelob Golden since 1969.
This is a true community gathering space. On a busy Saturday night, every age, race, and American demographic is represented under this old roof, all served by some of the swiftest and most amiable servers working anywhere. And why wouldn't they gather here? Two large, heavily cheesy, meated-up pies plus a pitcher of beer will set you back just 40 bucks, and considering what you get with a half century of oven seasoning, you get far more for your money than that. Not to mention a big side of national pride. Pizza and beer: Is there anything more American?