MSP - Yum! on Excelsior Blvd
I ate lunch food there for the first time today - I've only previously gotten bakery items.
It strikes me as a bit expensive for what you get. I ordered the SW turkey panini. It wasn't a panini - it was a quesadilla. The turkey meat was lower-grade processed turkey. It was sort of an odd sandwich, really, but it tasted OK. It was $8 and did not come with any sides - no fruit or chips. I guess most of their sandwiches do. Given the quality of it, I am not sure why they have to chintz on it. I got a side of fries ($5, which seems high for a side) and a bottle of whater. Lunch was $15.50 - for water, sandwich and fries. For a cafeteria, that's high. Even for sit down, it's a bit much.
Some of the other things looked interesting. What menu items there have people been happy with? What's worth ordering? I know their menu changes very frequently, but some of their items are constant, it seems. If all meals are like what I had today, I won't go back. If people tell me there are other things that are better and/or more reasonably priced, I'll try it again.
I think that they have pretty good soups and salads there, but agree that it's pricey. There are a fair number of alternatives that are cheaper in the area, both east and west of Lake Calhoun, so it's not a regular spot for me.
I'd much rather go to Lucia's Bakery on the other side of Lake Calhoun for the same type of food.
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re: bob s
"same type of food" Lucia's cooks with carefully sourced ingredients often from local farms
YUM is stylish, wins a lot of customer's over based on their pretty store and current image. The food is basic, with some extra points for finger sized items
Counter style joints often have some awkwardness, at least on first visit. Yum concept with multiple locations to interact with staff people was initially confusing.
Other counter joints with local/sustainable sourcing: BW (birchwood), Common Roots