Tanpopo Noodle Shop

Tanpopo Noodle Shop

308 Prince St., No. 140, St. Paul, MN 55101

Get your fill of udon or soba at Tanpopo, where steaming bowls of light, chewy noodles are not just affordable but a local favorite. For under $10 a bowl, the simple menu offers buckwheat (soba) or wheat (udon) noodles in a house-made kelp-and-soy-based Japanese broth, with a choice of toppings like tofu, shrimp tempura, wild mushroom, or beef. Or try the teishoku, a set meal of miso soup, rice, a small green salad, and main entrée choice of panko-breaded pork, broiled mackerel, or deep fried or cold tofu. The open warehouse space has a Zen-like feel to it, complete with exposed brick walls and wood floors that make for a soothing lunchtime atmosphere.

 

Tip: A near-perfect Saturday starts with buying yourself a colorful bouquet of flowers at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, then walking across the street to Tanpopo for a leisurely lunch and cup of green tea or sake.

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