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Nov 20, 2007 05:34 AM

Fun place to take young niece in Twin Cities, MN

I want to take my 20 year old niece out for lunch and want to find a place that is fun, different, entertaining.... She hardly ever goes anywhere as she is always studying or taking care of the dog or... I think she is turning into a hermit. I'm frantically trying to come up with a neat place that would give her a fun break from her day. Prefer in St. Paul or Mpls suburbs. Downtown is fun but a parking hassle at Holiday time.

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  1. While I hate myself for offering this, Chino Latino may be just the spot. It is fun, it is young, and it is kind of cool. Personally, I think it is the kind of place that stops being cool once you hit about 25, but I think at 20 year old would love it.

    Sushi would probably also be fun. Lots of sushi places all over, but maybe the one in Mall of America would be good because you could shop too.

    Chino Latino
    2916 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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    1. re: churchka

      I forgot about that place. What a good idea. I have eaten brunch outside in the summer and enjoyed. Back years ago when I went there at night for a drink it was too noisy for me. Maybe lunchtime would be much quieter. Thanks for the memory jolt.

    2. Chino is not open for lunch.

      I'd offer more incite, but a good portion of the fun lunch places I know are in downtown Mpls. I'm sure there are other Uptown spots open. Heck, take her to Punch or Nea. NE Bulldog is open for lunch and you can play shuffleboard while you eat.

      1. Benihana is fun and entertaining. If not really different. Also don't dismiss all of Mpls. While parking can be expensive DT there is usually no problem parking NE or South.

        1. Parking in Minneapolis is very easy if you come in from the western suburbs on I-394. You can drive straight in off the freeway into Ramp A or B and walk to about anywhere on the skyways. Leaving is just as easy with no driving on the downtown streets.

          Then finding a place that is fun, different and entertaining at lunch is another question. Not sure what that means.

          1. More ideas, mostly in uptown:
            Uptown Bar and Grill- the food isn't bad and it has a great fun vibe.
            Bryant Lake Bowl- food also isn't bed and it has a bowling ally, what more could you want?
            Barbette- Food is great and there is a relaxed sophisticated feel.
            One of the many Ethiopian places- eating good food with your hands (I like Fasika the best)
            King's Korean- The food is good and there is a lot of energy everytime I've been there.

            1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Kings Restaurant
            1051 Moore Lake Dr E, Minneapolis, MN 55432

            Uptown Bar & Cafe
            3018 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant (duplicate)
            510 Snelling Ave, N St Paul, MN

            Bryant Lake Bowl
            810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

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            1. re: churchka

              Bryant Lake Bowl and Barbette, DEFINITELY.