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We made it over to the new Cheeky Monkey Deli in St. Paul this weekend for lunch and we were not disappointed. It’s located in the Zander Cafe’s old space, but has been totally redone with red walls, retro art and a great fireplace in the back. It’s a comfortable setting, where you order at the counter and they bring the sandwiches out to your table.

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I ordered the Shrimp Roll, which turned out to be really amazing the second time around. The first one they brought out to me had nearly-raw shrimp pouring out of it. I’m an adventurous eater, but I’m not touching raw shrimp. So back it went and out came another with multiple apologies and a bowl of their homemade coleslaw to keep my busy while I waited. Husband had the Cubano sandwich and friends had the Cumin Pork sandwich and the Muffeletta. They all raved about their sandwiches.

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And considering they smoke, etc their meat on site, they should be good. I mentioned that my shrimp roll was almost as good as Sea Salt’s Shrimp Po-boy and Husband said, “Careful, you’re treading on thin ice there.”. It was really good, different than Sea Salts because these shrimp were not breaded and deep-fried, but still. very close. I can’t skip a mention of the chips, which are called Salt and Pepper chips and were also homemade. They were tender, thin and really crisp. Yum.

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Three of the four of us had also ordered chocolate dipped macaroons, which were nearly as good as those at the Salty Tart. Close, really close.\

Can I be picky now? The sandiwiches are served in adorable wire baskets. And while this looks cool and different I found it hard to eat out of. Given my shrimp roll was a bit messier than the other sandwiches, it would have been nice to have a plate so I could set it down between ooey, gooey bites.

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We’ll go back. Not sure when, because it’s a little out of the way for us, but it’s in a great neighborhood. And they serve wine and beer. So, nice job Cheeky Monkey and best of luck with the new venture!

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