We love living and working in Woodbury, MN! This quiet township holds a special place in Minnesota history: When the land was opened to settlement in 1844, the land was mostly forested. Once converted to farmlands, the fertile Minnesota soil made the region a vital breadbasket.
These days, of course, we’re more likely to visit the many excellent Woodbury restaurants than grow our own! Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of choices, from wood-fired pizzas to spicy and satisfying Mexican and beyond. Everyone has their own favorites, of course, but we’ve put together a list of our own personal picks. Dig in!
Green Goods Dispensary’s Favorite Woodbury Restaurants
7129 10th St N
Oakdale, MN 55128
Wings the thing at this casual and well-loved chicken pit. “The concept’s simple,” claims chef / owner Darin Koch, and we’re tempted to believe him. The Spot relies on carefully sourced ingredients, homemade everything, and a special focus on death-defyingly spicy wing sauces. That’s why, in addition to Buffalo, Szechwan and chipotle flavors, you’ll find “Black Venom” (described as “the Widow mutant”) and “Scorpion King” (“an ancient evil warlord’) varieties. But no need to hurt yourself; those with milder tastes will love “Frenchy” style in a caramelized onion / balsamic reduction, or even the blueberry-and-BBQ mashup of the “Huckleberry Finn.” There’s great burgers too, and needless to say fries go with that!
Punch Pizza Woodbury
8300 City Centre Dr #200
Woodbury, MN 55125
If wood-fired pizzas are your thing, you could do far worse than this local chain of Neapolitan-style pizzerie. The problem, such as it is, comes when it’s time to order. With a long list of classic pies, not to mention seemingly endless add-ons and options, you might find yourself suddenly tongue-tied. While we love the more ornate pies, like the borgata—sun-dried tomato, goat cheese, eggplant, olive, and fresh basil—sometimes simple pies like a dead-classic Napoli dressed with nothing more than crushed tomato, oregano, and mozzarella. Save room for the excellent salads! After all, we wouldn’t want you to skimp on the green!
As of late 2020, Punch is offering takeout and delivery only.
Bub’s Gourmet Aussie Pies
9939 Hudson Blvd
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
While we’ll admit Australian-style hand pies are a bit of a curveball around these parts, that’s no excuse not to dig in. A Down Under favorite since at least the 1800s, these crusty and savory treats pack a passel of delectable fillings. Try the classic “Beef Jason” with stewed beef and garden veg, the “Pippin” with zingy Indian-style butter chicken, or the “Tommy” packed with Mexican-style chicken and veggies in a tomatillo sauce. Oh, did we mention the fries? They’re cooked in duck fat. Get. The. Fries.
Catrinas Cerveza & Mexican Grill
1091 Geneva Ave N
Oakdale, MN 55128
Another restaurant with a winningly simple idea, Catrina’s serves up the fresh and vibrant flavors of Mexico in a plethora of formulations. You can get chipotle-fired chicken tinga as a burrito, slow-roasted pork al pastor as a taco, tomatillo-braised chicharron as a bowl or any combination thereof. Whatever you decide on, you can count on a memorably satisfying meal.
As of late 2020, Catrina’s is offering takeout and delivery only.
157 3rd Ave S
South St Paul, MN 55075
Another beloved chicken slinger—though presumably not by chickens—the Coop has been pressure-frying birds since 1963 and shows no signs of slowing down. The crisp chicken may have started it all, but classic burgers, ribs slathered in housemade sauce and “Coneys”—those are dressed-up and delicious frankfurters—are serious contenders too. Add in cole slaw, onion rings, and spice-dusted fried potato wedges and it’s hard to think of a reason not to run down there right about now.
As of late 2020, The Coop is offering takeout only.