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MSP Area for Great Lunch on 11/24

Unexpected airport lay-over 10:30am-4pm. Want to take local dear friend for a terrific, spec'l lunch. Haven't had the op in years to stop in Msp like this. We are both well-traveled, so any cuisine goes.

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  1. How about Murrays in downtown MPLS? the butter knife steak - they do a good lunch. & you could take the light rail from the airport.

    Lots and lots of options if your friend is picking you up.

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    1. re: St Paul Susie

      She is picking me up, so fire away.

    2. Does "special" mean fancy? Or expensive? Or uniquely Minnesotan? Or ladies-who-lunch classic? Or wildly exotic? Or hole-in-the-wall slumming? Or ... ?

      Assuming the first meaning, I think the nicest place that's open all afternoon (in case your plane is late or you want to talk for hours) might be Lucia's. This place has three parts: an upscale & quiet restaurant (closed from 2-5), a cozy wine bar, and a take-out place. And the food is glorious.

      http://www.lucias.com/main/main.htm

      But in case "special" means something else, here are a few more ideas.

      BIG CAUTION: Because of the holidays, definitely contact the place of your choice to confirm that they're open during the day on the 24th.

      Fancy new buzz-generator (I haven't been here; search the board for info):
      Chambers Kitchen - Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant
      http://www.chambersminneapolis.com
      - Warning: This is the world's worst web site! I couldn't get it to work on my brand-new computer, so I'm not sure if they're open during the day. Try this link instead:
      http://twincities.citysearch.com/revi...

      Fun, exotic, do-it-yourself multi-ethnic feast:
      Midtown Global Market - lively indoor market with many ethnic food "stands" in the old Sears building
      http://www.midtownglobalmarket.com

      Cozy and slightly upscale ethnic:
      El Meson - Spanish-Caribbean Bistro
      http://www.elmesonbistro.com

      Ladies who lunch at swanky cafeterias:
      Cafe Latte - soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and afternoon tea (there will be lines - this place is wildly popular
      )http://www.cafelatte.com/cafe.html

      Hippie-gourmet ladies who lunch in a casual cafeteria/coffee shop:
      Birchwood Cafe - a beautiful drive along the West side of the Mississippi
      http://www.birchwoodcafe.com/menu/men...

      Neighborhood bistro that closes at 2PM:
      Al Vento - good, authentic southern Italian food near the airport
      http://www.alventorestaurant.com

      This I Believe: Three ice cream cones make a meal:
      Izzy's Ice Cream (no food, just fabulous ice cream
      )http://www.izzysicecream.com

      If "special" means "unique to the Twin Cities," maybe others can chip in with info about our local specialties, like Tavern on Grand for walleye, Al's Breakfast for a unique experience (closes early - maybe 1PM?), either the Nook, the 5-8 Club, or Matt's Bar for a Jucy Lucy (a burger with the cheese inside), and Mickey's Diner (the food isn't recommended, but the place is a classic diner car that's been featured in several movies).

      Have a nice visit,
      Anne

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      1. re: AnneInMpls

        Tks, Anne, these are fine suggestions. Exotic/ethnic picks w/b good too. Fancy not necessary, just wonderful food regardless of price.

        1. DF in Msp. was wondering about 2 places: The Kitchen at the Chambers Hotel & Cue @ Guthrie for lunch. We'll be utilizing the light rail after all & not have a car. What do you local hounds think of these 2 spots? I have gratefully noted your previous posts, but now we definitely light rail accessible spots that do not require a lot of walking by DF. TIA.

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          1. re: Taralli

            The Kitchen at Chambers is 5 blocks away from the light rail. (According to gmap-pedometer.com, it's .31 miles.) My wife and I had a great dinner there a couple of weeks ago. I assume that lunch would be equally good. Assuming that the weather is warm (as is forecast), lunch at Chambers is probably do-able using light rail only.

            Haven't been to Cue yet. It would be a bit more of a walk - over a half a mile - from the Government Square station and probably about the same from the Metrodome station.

            My only question about Chambers on the 24th is whether there will be a lunch crowd from the post-Thanksgiving shoppers who may come downtown for the day. I don't know the strength of downtown shopping these days, but I'd think about making a reservation at Chambers (if possible) if that's your choice.

          2. Vincent used to have a very good lunch. Do they still?

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            1. re: zataar

              Is Vincent's within easy walking distance of the light rail?

              1. re: Taralli

                Vincent is 6 blocks down Nicollet Mall (a pedestrian and bus mall) from the light rail. You can either walk or use your light rail ticket as a transfer on any bus that is heading down Nicollet. [The stop is Nicollet Mall]

                I'm not a regular transit user -- I just work near the light rail -- so I had to look this up. While looking at the website of Metro Transit (metrotransit.org) I saw that most routes are on a Saturday schedule on the 24th. You may want to take this into account.

                Vincent has a great lunch. I think their steak tartare is excellent.

                Thinking about my post yesterday, you could also take a bus from the light rail (Stop is Warehouse District/Hennepin) down Hennepin to Chambers at 9th and Hennepin.

                Bob

            2. I've enjoyed lunch at Vincent before, I think they also have a good fancy burger.