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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.

            2. What about Dim Sum at Jun Bo in Bloomington? I think that is fun and different and yummy.

              1. Galactic Pizza on Lyndale & Lake in Uptown is fun.

                You can sit on pillows for goodness sake.. plus it's small, funky pizzas, and the delivery guys dress funny and toot around the neighborhood in little electric carts.


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                1. re: reannd

                  Town Talk Diner is open for lunch...sitting @ the bar can be quite fun, and the menu has something for just about everyone.

                  1. re: g rote

                    I would disagree about the menu. Every time I go there, I'm kind of struggling to find something to eat. That said, it is a fun place, but check the menu on line first to see if it will work for you.


                    Town Talk Diner
                    2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                2. Another fun pizza option with free parking would be Psycho Suzi's. Owned by the woman who owns Saint Sabrinas, and situated in Nordeast, it's very boho and fun, and they have great tiki drinks and some fun pizzas, deviled eggs, tater tots.


                  Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden
                  2519 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418