Where and What to Eat

A Tale of Two Tastes

To the dismay of loyalists on both sides of the river, most debates about which Twin City is better end in a draw—but the winners are clear for ice cream and donuts.

Ice Cream and Donuts

ST. PAUL

MINNEAPOLIS

Nelson’s Ice Cream

Opened: 2014
Known for: Ginormous scoops for not-ginormous dollars.
454 Snelling Ave. S.,
nelsonsicecream.biz

 

Lynden’s Soda Fountain

Opened: 2012
Known for: Its modern take on old-timey charm.
490 Hamline Ave. S.,
lyndens.com


Cow Bella Gelato

Opened: 2012
Known for: Authentic Italian gelato.
1700 Grand Ave.,
cowbellagelato.com


Izzy’s Ice Cream Café

Opened: 2000
Known for: Creative flavors and the eponymous Izzy scoop on top.
2034 Marshall Ave.,
izzysicecream.com


Conny’s Creamy Cone

Opened: 1996
Known for: Its unabashed love of soft serve.
1197 N. Dale St.,
connyscreamycone.com


Grand Ole Creamery

Opened: 1984
Known for: Being the grandfather of the premium ice cream shop.
750 Grand Ave.,
grandolecreamery.com

Bogart’s Doughnut Co.

Opened: 2014
Known for: A slick Uptown take on handcrafted classics.
904 W. 36th St.,
bogartsdoughnutco.com

 

Glam Doll Donuts

Opened: 2013
Known for: Whimsical flavor profiles that make for pinup-girl-pretty donuts.
2605 Nicollet Ave.,
glamdolldonuts.com


A Baker’s Wife’s Pastry Shop

Opened: 1995
Known for: Reliable treats.
4200 28th Ave. S.,
facebook.com/abakerswife


Angel Food Bakery

Opened: 2012
Known for: Applying the brazen creativity of sister resto Hell’s Kitchen to pastries.
86 S. 9th St.,
angelfoodmn.com


Sarah Jane’s Bakery

Opened: 1979
Known for: A plainspoken mastery of the old-school cake donut.
2853 NE Johnson St.,
sarahjanesbakery.com


Mel-O-Glaze

Opened: 1961
Known for: Being a glaze-ified Minnehaha institution.
4800 28th Ave. S.,
twitter.com/meloglaze


No offense to Granny’s, Mojo Monkey, Pumphouse Creamery, Sebastian Joe’s, et al.



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