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Beyond sushi restaurants, I've been craving some soba noodles and really authentic japanese food. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. For noodles, I really like Tanpopo in St. Paul, though, I confess I haven't tried a lot of other options for Japanese food in the Twin Cities. I also like that they source their ingredients locally whenever possible.

    http://tanpoporestaurant.com/t_about.php

    ~TDQ

    1. Tanpopo is the place to go for great soba noodles. Every time I eat there, it's always better than I remember (and I remember it as being really good!). I love the grilled mackerel dinner, too.

      Anne

      1. Thanks, Tanpopo is just what I was looking for! I'll check it out when I stop by the farmer's market this weekend.

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        1. re: FoodieMcGee

          oh man. . . i just had tanpopo the other night and i'm already craving it again!

        2. For a good variety of Japanese food, check out Midori Floating Word Cafe, on the corner of Lake and Minnehaha - small place, great "home cooked" japanese food!

          1. If you are ever in the downtown Minneapolis skyways on a week day, go to Zen Box. They do a very nice yaki soba. It's one of my favorite lunch spots.

            http://www.zen-box.com/

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            1. re: StPauliGirl

              Also notable at Zen Box is the chicken teriyaki and the amazing cabbage slaw that
              consists of 'angel-hair'- fine shredded cabbage with a great homemade dressing that
              has apples and ginger and garlic and possibly carrots-