Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul

Categories: Coffee Snob, Top 5
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If the resounding "Shhh!" of librarians doesn't quite motivate you, and you need a little more hustle-bustle in the background as you work, there's no place like a coffee shop.

No matter how hard you brainstorm during the day, sometimes genius strikes only after dark, so we found a few St. Paul gems where you can sip coffee and do a little work. While we love the coffee and the greasy-spoon food at Mickey's Diner, not to mention its 24-hour, 365-days-a-year schedule, it's just popular enough even at 3 a.m. that you can't hang out for hours at a time.

Here are our favorite places in St. Paul to stay late for another latte:

See also:
Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis
Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

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Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis

Categories: Coffee Snob, Top 5

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Tatiana Craine
A little bit of caffeinated love for the long night ahead...
Whether you're a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we've done the location scouting for you, so you can get down to the work you should be doing.

Here are five of our favorite places in Minneapolis to burn the midnight oil.

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Top 5 late-night coffee shops in St. Paul
Top 10 coffeehouses in the Twin Cities

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Top 5 Oktoberfest beers on tap now

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Briana Bierschbach
Locally brewed Oktoberfest at Harriet Brewing.
Oktoberfest posters always seem to be a jumble of the same cliched images: Chesty ladies with milkmaid braids, men donning those little Tyrolean hats, and elaborate steins brimming with foamy beer. But what's really underneath all those cartoonish suds? 

This season's namesake beer, Oktoberfest, is its own unique style characterized by a copper-brown color, low IBU (international bitterness units), a "bready" aroma, and medium to full body. Oktoberfest styles are often referred to as Marzen-Oktoberfest or Marzenbier because they were traditionally brewed in March, right before the higher temperatures made it impossible to brew effectively. Modern technology now allows small and large scale breweries alike to make Oktoberfest styles according to their own schedules, but most still honor the tradition by releasing their Oktoberfest beers to coincide with the 16-day celebration in Munich. 

Great Oktoberfest beers are on tap all over the Twin Cities. Here are our top 5.

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Top 5 Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

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Courtesy of the Neato's Burgers website.
Happy National Cheeseburger Day!
The hamburger is a solid dish, but slap a slice of cheese on it and you have yourself an American institution. We were happy to learn that today is National Cheeseburger Day,  a perfect excuse to tuck into our favorite burgers. Here are the local cheeseburgers we'll be celebrating today.

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2012 Best Burger: Vincent A Restaurant

Top 3 Road Trip Worthy burgers

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Top 5 places to drink in the summer solstice

Categories: Cocktails, Top 5
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Alma Guzman
A one of a kind rooftop bar to take in a twice a year cosmic event
This Friday, at approximately 5:04 p.m., the earth's semi-axis will reach its maximum tilt towards the sun which means summer is officially here, according to the Universe. It also means you will need a great spot to take in this cosmic event whilst enjoying a seasonally-appropriate beer or cocktail.

Here are five great places to drink in the summer solstice, in no particular order.

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Top 5 frozen yogurt shops in the Twin Cities

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Whether you design yours as a calorie bomb or a relatively healthy snack, froyo is the perfect summer treat
It's finally that time of year to bid winter a quick adieu and welcome in summer with open arms. We can dig those sandals and swimsuits out of the depths of closets in a dreamy anticipation of long, hot, sunny days ahead. And what better way to bring in the new season than by indulging in a heaping cup of the adored summertime treat, frozen yogurt.

The light and healthier-than-ice-cream option isn't what it used to be. Self-serve yogurt shops are everywhere, and they cater to everyone. It's no longer just the elementary-school crowd loading gummy worms and marshmallows onto their hot-fudge-drizzled birthday-cake- and pumpkin-pie-flavored yogurt.

Here are five of our favorite local yogurt spots, guaranteed to please everyone (and their mothers).


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Top 5 places to eat on the Mississippi: A dining guide for river rats

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A table with a view of the Mississippi River aboard the Padelford riverboats, No. 3 on the river rats dining guide.








Believe it or not, Twin Cities, spring is coming! And as it does, an increasing number of our citizens find themselves drawn to the riverfront to watch the progress. They want to see if the geese are back, if the ice is melting, and just how loud the falls are roaring. The only thing that makes springtime river-watching more enjoyable is to do it while eating something delicious and/or drinking an ice cold beer.

The Hot Dish is happy to go with the flow. We bring you the top five places to eat and drink in the Twin Cities while gazing at the mighty Mississippi River.


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Top 5 interpretations of the chocolate chip cookie

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Photo by Natalie Gallagher
The Pecan Chocolate Chip cookie from Surdyk's Cheese Shop

The quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie can be endless, and Minneapolis has no shortage of bakeries vying for the top spot. But beyond the usual age-old, hand-me-down recipe from Grandma's cookbook, the Hot Dish was inspired this week to hunt for the most interesting (and delicious) local interpretation of America's most beloved cookie. It was an arduous search, placing strenuous demands on our palates, but we've finally ranked the list.

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Top 5 hot chocolates to get you through a frigid winter


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Top 5 hot chocolates to get you through a frigid week

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A.J. Olmscheid
Kopplin's Hot Chocolate

Long gone are the days when hot cocoa was simply a way to pacify a sugar-deprived child on a frigid winter day. The hot refreshment has graduated to adulthood, and it's now easy to find hot chocolate in so many varieties that practically any taste can be satisfied.

With another cold front on the way this week, we scoured the Twin Cities to find the best local hot chocolates. If you're looking for something to replace the usual coffee pick-me-up, here are five delicious options.

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Top 5 unexpected stocking stuffers for food fans

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Perfectly shaped for stocking stuffing

Opening up the stockings Christmas morning is full of comforts from childhood: orange, apple, chocolate, maybe some socks, which is all useful, if snoozy. Why not surprise the food fan or bar chef in your life with some of these affordable and fun finds? They get to experiment with new ingredients, and you reap all the rewards. Who says selfless is the way to go this season?

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