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“No Competition”

Eat! @ Banning And 5th
Cuisines: American, Soups, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“No Competition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is going to be long, because we are just that impressed......

We stumbled on Eat! shortly after moving to town from down south. We were eating almost every meal out for a period of 3-4 weeks due to a recent relocation for work and a lack of facilities in which to cook our own food. I've never been big on sandwiches, so we passed Eat! several times and never gave it much thought until my wife finally talked me into dropping in one day. That was all it took. We don't eat out now as much as we were, but when we do, the only time we are willing to go anywhere else is if Eat! is closed. Seriously, it is just about the only place we'll go now.

The good: For starters, eating out for weeks got old. Really old. We had hit almost every restaurant in White Bear numerous times and were feeling the financial and physical effects. And then, there was the light at the end of the tunnel on the corner of Banning and 5th.

A really, really interesting menu, very original, and is mostly healthy while amply filling. Vegetarian? They've got it. Meaty and cheesy? That, too. Homemade treats that make you want to buy everything in the case? Yup. Everything is made right there, and their pride in their work is evident. There are also regular specials that Mr. Smith makes up as he goes along. I miss the pot roast sandwich on pretzel bread like a lost limb.

The menu is much more reasonable than the other places downtown, and serves up better quality food in just the right quantity.

One thing that really impressed us, as we have a small army of children, is the reasonably priced kid's meals, and the fact that they are actually really, really good (no corndogs or fried processed chicken product here). It was nice to find a restaurant in the area that doesn't jump in on the kid's meal racket and attempt to charge near adult prices to serve your little ones insulting (for the price) quantities of overly processed slop. Like on the regular menu, there are some healthy options on the kids menu as well (salads with every ingredient you could think of, roll-ups, etc), and the folks there have been more than willing to modify the kid's meals to our request.

The service is excellent and they treat you like family/friends, and obviously truly appreciate our/your patronage. They have been exceedingly kind and friendly to our family during our numerous visits, and we always look forward to visiting with the owner and his wife and daughter just as much as chowing down.

The restaurant is cozy and is always impeccably clean.

I could go on more, but y'all get the point.

Between the options, the quality, and the very, very sincere service, we find it really hard to justify going anywhere else, and we really never have the desire to.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank SparkyJamers
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun, healthy, and good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Eat @ Banning and 5th is one of those White Bear Lake gems. Located off the main business district and across the street from the Post Office, it service sandwiches, soaps, and salads to it's lunch guests that are very tasty and yet healthy. Shawn, the owner, mans the place with the help of his wife and daughter, but no matter how busy he is, he has time for a few minutes of lively and usually informative conversation. On this day, we stopped in for a quick check on the menu to see if there was anything on it for two hungers herbivores. To our surprise Shawn's daughter, between quips with her dad, said no problem to modifying one of their sandwiches. When Shawn realized that we received chips with the meal, he asked if we would like a wedge of watermelon (we accepted and it was soon sweet). To top off the meal, which we split, our bill (with iced tea) came to under $12.00. By the way, they are open daily for breakfast and on Thursdays until 8pm.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jeff S
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Pune, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Friendly and local”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The service is fantastic; the restaurant is run by a married couple, their adult-children, and a few other locals. Their sandwiches are amazing every time, they value you as a customer and as a friend, their very accommodating and they have great soups -fresh every day! Fun place to go for an afternoon lunch with friends.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank kkchapin
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