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eastsidegirl Aug 10, 2007 09:42 AM

Monday is my birthday and I am having a shopping and lunch day with my siter and SIL. Suggestions for a special lunch? I was planning on Cafe Maude, but they aren't open for lunch yet.


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    liney714 Aug 10, 2007 10:08 AM

    I would suggest Salut and then a fun trip to Sur La Table. Even if your not a good that area has fun shops just to look at. The food is wonderful french and priced for those who want a treat or just a sandwich. Happy birthday!!

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      pgokey Aug 10, 2007 10:09 AM


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        KTFoley Aug 10, 2007 10:25 AM

        Do you know already where you are planning to shop?
        -- Downtown?
        -- Uptown?
        -- Edina?
        -- MOA?

        That'd help us focus our suggestions.

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        1. re: KTFoley
          eastsidegirl Aug 10, 2007 10:43 AM

          Somewhere with some small fun shops. Edina or S. Mpls would be good. Even Victoria Crossing. Shopping recommendations also welcome. My sister wanats to be a decorator.

          Not MOA!

          1. re: eastsidegirl
            KTFoley Aug 10, 2007 11:39 AM

            Edina -- 50th & France neighborhood, and Salut as recommended
            S. Minneapolis -- Linden Hills neighborhood (very low-key), and Rice Paper?
            Uptown Minneapolis -- Lake & Hennepin neighborhood, and Lucia's or Barbette as recommended
            St. Paul -- Victoria Crossing or Grand Ave from Hamline to Snelling, and the wine bar at Cafe Latte?
            MOA -- sorry but I had to ask.

            1. re: eastsidegirl
              tart1 Aug 10, 2007 02:35 PM

              S. Minneapolis - Cafe Ena on 46th and Grand. http://www.cafeena.com/index.html
              Edina - there's a new restaurant called Via that I've heard is good. here's a review: http://www.startribune.com/438/story/1350884.html , and http://www.rakemag.com/today/foodnews/

              I haven't tried either yet, but have heard good things about both.

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            Jonesie Aug 10, 2007 06:51 PM

            Cafe Twenty-Eight is good! Also, now open on 50th and Bryant is Blackbird Cafe. Haven't tried it yet, but the menu online looks good. It's www.blackbirdmpls.com...and it looks very cute! There's also the Edina Grill...which is casula, but always good.

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              Jitterbug Aug 12, 2007 12:31 PM

              Happy birthday!

              You could go to Broders Cucina Italiana (2308 West 50th Street) - I have only been to the Pasta bar across the street, but have heard that the Cucina is good for lunch. It is small and casual though. But if you drive along 50th there are some nice shops - Patina on 50th and Bryant, Nu Look Consignment on 50th and Penn, a really cool vintage lighting store that I think is at 50th and Xerxes (there are 2 lighting stores near each other on a corner). And then of course the shopping at 50th and France (Anthropologie, etc.)

              I also second the recommendation for the Linden Hills area and for Rice Paper (Asian fusion). My places to shop there include Bibelot, Wild Rumpus kids' books, a toy store, and the Linden Hills home store (across from the food coop - it sells eco-friendly clothes, household items, etc.) There is also a Sebastian Joe's right there if you want some birthday ice cream, and Cafe 28 would be my choice for a birthday beer!

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