Good Asian food in the Minneapolis skyways?
I have been trying to find a good Asian restaurant in the Minneapolis skyways. And when I say Asian, I mean any variety: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, anything. (Not LeeAnn Chin.) Any suggestions?
I'm afraid there isn't much terribly authentic Asian in the skyways. You're bound to find better Asian cuisine if you venture slightly outside the skyway to the street level.
For good Japanese, I would suggest Nami (www.namisushi.com). They have a great happy hour, too. Good sushi.
For Chinese, Ping's (www.pingsmpls.com) on Eat Street is really good. It's a bit of walk but worth it if you're looking for good Chinese. In the skyways, there are a number of take out Chinese places. They're all about the same quality and more Americanized - similar to LeeAnn Chin.
Eat Street is a great location for Asian. Like I mentioned, Ping's is good but I've heard good things about Azia and Rainbow Chinese. Quang is excellent for Vietnamese and there are several other Vietnamese options along that stretch.
To answer your question about skyway restaurants, there are two places that might rise above the mediocre Chinese food that dot the system. I've not eaten at either of these spots.
1) Zen Box (6 Quebec building at 6th and Marquette). Serves bento boxes and a limited menu. Dara Moskowitz reviewed it a while back: http://citypages.com/databank/26/1260...
2) Royal Orchid (Northstar Center at 7th and Marquette). I liked the restaurant when it was on Nicollet, but since it moved to Roseville, it's been very hit or miss. I haven't tried this outpost.
Zen Box is very good. There are some very good ethnic options in the skywalks. Atlas has an outpost for good middle eastern.