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Apr 8, 2007 08:53 AM

Best salad bar/cafe in Minneapolis?

I'm looking for a restsaurant that has a really good salad bar / cafe restaurant serving sandwiches and soups. Does anyone know of some good ones?

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  1. Not in Minneapolis, and not a salad bar either, but in St. Paul, Cafe Latte (on Grand at Victoria) has nice salads, sandwiches, soups, and desserts.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      Salads are very different from a salad bar. I think it's possible that the best salad bar might be on the top floor of the downtown Macy's. Not that it's great, but there just aren't that many places with good salad bars, where you can sit down and eat. ALso Lunds and Byerly's (not all, but some) have great salad bars for take out.

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        OK, I am going to get criticized for this one, but here goes anyway. Two random thoughts. I think Ruby Tuesdays has a very extensive salad bar with some more unique items. The rest of the menu I can do without, but I do think the salad bar is a winner. The other suggestion is even more obscure - which is Mystic Lake buffet. Their salad bar is great - tons of fresh veggie choices, and unique toppings like anchovies, greek olives, real bacon crumbles, fresh blue cheese (not dressing), plum tomatos etc. I love a good salad bar - and both of these are well above most of the rest.

        1. re: TDS1

          Mystic Lake buffet, you mean, at Mystic Lake casino in Prior Lake? Interesting!


      2. Well, I guess there's always Q. Cumbers:

        They have salad and soup, but not sure about your sandwiches.

        1. If you don't mind canola oil in stuff, Whole Foods on W. Lake St. has a pretty extensive hot and cold salad bar setup, and tables you can sit at. When I become Queen of the
          World shortly, I promise to have organic delicious free salad bars everywhere!

          1. Thanks for posting this question. I often wish I could find a restaurant that has a really *great* salad bar. I have yet to find one. I guess they are out of fashion.

            The Seward Coop has a wonderful salad bar, though.

            1. Moose & Sadies. Salad varies daily by whichever fresh ingredients can be had. The sandwiches and soups are outstanding and I highly recommend a ginger-limeade. Enjoy!

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              1. re: Foureyes137

                But does Moose and Sadie's have a salad bar? That's the question. I love salads too, but a the salad bar experience is sooo different.

                I wanted to also note that even thought the people there make it for you, while you point and tell them what you want, the basement at Macy's has a good salad bar.

                1. re: FishMPLS

                  They do not, but I have not seen a salad bar outside a grocery store since 1993, so I can only suggest (surreptitiously) that one might want to simply look for great salads made for one.

                  And I totally agree about the salad's at Macy's, which I now refer to as Step-Marshall Fields Marketplace.

                  1. re: Foureyes137

                    salad bar? Not since the 60's and early 70's.

                    For salads and excellent soups, try Lucia's in Uptown, Minneapolis. The Cafe section (vs. restaurant vs. wine bar) has outstanding soups, sandwiches and baked goods to eat there or to go. Always excellent.

                    1. re: cortez

                      This doesn't really count as MSP but there's a salad bar at Mabel Murphy's in Fergus Falls! And as mentioned in the other thread, Fogo de Chao which is soon to open downtown has the most amazing salad bar I have ever seen.

                      Other cities like New York and Boston seem to still have salad bars at delis and similar places.

                      Also, it's been said, but Lunds, especially the new one in NE has a fantastic salad bar. You have to be careful though because you can easily end up with something not nearly as healthy as a plain green salad.