St. Paul Cheese Shop introduces line of sandwich "melts"

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Lucy Nieboer
Not just cheesy melts: Check out dessert renditions like this banana-chocolate combo
St. Paul Cheese Shop is a cheese-lover's paradise, a distinction they're doubling down on with their recent menu addition.

The Mac-Groveland shop has added to its repertoire du fromage a new line of "melts," hot pressed grilled cheese sandwiches. With brimming cases of high-end cheeses and towering shelves of luxury pantry staples, this spot has a reputation for filling out that dinner-party cheese plate and supplying lunchtime sandwiches stuffed with fancy cold cuts. Now they're blending their best attributes in a menu of ooey, gooey masterpieces. 

We popped into the shop to try the newest addition. 

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Lucy Nieboer
Mozzarella and tomato-garlic confit melt
The melts menu is varied, with options ranging from the breakfast-leaning prosciutto with slow-cooked egg to the peppery cheddar with harissa to the slightly sweet brie with cranberry chutney. 

Each savory melt is served with a "shot" of tomato soup. While edging closer to a mild marinara than a tomato bisque, the sweet red side provided a nice balance for the gooey mozzarella and tomato-garlic confit melt we sampled. 

The sandwiches all have super salty centers thanks to a generous amount of top-shelf cheese oozing between the slices, but the fillings are nicely offset by their soft, buttery brioche crust.

No meal would be complete without dessert, and the new melts menu has this base covered too. The options of the day were a mascarpone with pear-ginger honey preserves, or banana and house-made chocolate hazelnut spread. 

A bit overwhelming on a warm day, the chocolate-banana melt is just the sort of thing that bumps bikini diets right out the window. But nevermind all that: The slight acidity of the banana with the soft bread played with the richness of the hazelnut spread so delightfully that Nutella just may have met its match in this sandwich.

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18 comments
Virginia Kelly
Virginia Kelly

This is a terrible photo... looks like it should be in the forensics lab...

James Dvorak Jr
James Dvorak Jr

Looks like someone wiped their poppy butt with a sandwich.

Antoine Foster
Antoine Foster

Looks really good! The St. Paul Cheese Shop in Minneapolis? Don't confuse me...lol.

ethan43
ethan43

Same owner and management for both the Minneapolis France 44 (France Avenue  and 44th Street on the Minneapolis side of the border with Edina)  and the St. Paul Cheese Shop (Grand and Snelling) locations.  Both are terrific. St. Paul, which is smaller, has the new cheesy melts and Minneapolis is attached to the venerable liquor store.  Otherwise very much the same great experience at both.

shellym406
shellym406

Their business listings and social media accounts are 44th and France, St. Paul location. Google is your friend.

William Long
William Long

44th and France and the St. Paul cheese shop are different places 'big guy'.

Matt Schiefelbein
Matt Schiefelbein

France and 44th big guy... thats Edina. How bout this? You start in St Paul, walk to 44th and France... let me know how long it takes ya.

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