Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Muffuletta Revisited

It's been several years since I've had lunch at Muffuletta, located just north of 94 on Como Avenue in St. Paul. I'm very glad I went back. Muffuletta is situated in Milton Square, a quaint European Style complex in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. This time of year is ideal weather for enjoying the restaurant’s deck-patio, which sits above sidewalk level at the front of the restaurant. Micawber's Books, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in the Twin Cities, is located just around the corner.

Kathie Jenkins of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has said,"There are those rare places that manage the delicate balance of pleasing regulars and keeping up with the times. This relaxing and unpretentious neighborhood restaurant, named after a sandwich invented in New Orleans, has been one of St. Paul's favorite dining spots for 27 years…and shows no signs of slowing down."

My friend Jan and I ordered omelets with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese served with lovely side salads of mixed field greens. It's really hard to get a perfect omelet in a restaurant, but these were wonderful: custard-like, fluffy, and not overly spiced or greasy. Since we were celebrating her birthday, we splurged and shared the KEY LIME TRIFLE (key lime cream, citrus pound cake, graham crumb, house-made graham cracker, whipped cream, and white chocolate). I recommend that you stop by soon. But don't go this week. Muffuletta is located just a few blocks from the Minnesota State fairgrounds, and the fair starts Thursday.

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