Meritage (address and info)
Downtown St. Paul
OK, this isn’t one thing exactly, but make sure you investigate the full raw menu and don’t skip out on the oysters, clams, and if they have them, whelks!
Blini with caviar
Moscow on the Hill (address and info)
Live a little and order this lavishly light crepe that’s filled with salmon roe, dill, scallions, and sour cream. It’ll go perfect with your vodka.
Beer-battered perch po-boy
Smack Shack (address and info)
Smack Shack is known far and across the land for its delicious, buttery, and brilliant rendition of the classic New England lobster roll, but their perch po-boy often tends to go unnoticed if not at the very least, underappreciated. Even though it's a “coastal-” inspired restaurant, having grown up catching and frying perch, there’s just something more Minnesotan about this sandwich than all of the walleye sandwiches in the metro area combined.