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debbie421 Jun 9, 2008 06:25 PM

Hi all! I need a suggestion for Friday night. Minneapolis, fairly inexpensive (nothing over $15), open a little later since we can't get there until 8:30pm. Large group of women that don't drink and don't need a scene. I was thinking of some place like Ngon Bistro or Birchwood Cafe, but we've already been to both places. Any ideas?

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  1. jrnorton23 RE: debbie421 Jun 9, 2008 08:10 PM

    You might want to try Gandhi Mahal, the new Mughal-style Indian place at East Lake and Minnehaha. It's at 3009 27th Ave. South. It's too new to be all that busy, they offer pretty good food across the board (try the korma and the dish described as "Persian," the name of which I can't recall, and the banana pakora if you like sweet fritters.) Also, as an added attraction for nondrinkers in particular, it offers the entertainment of a lassi bar. I dug the Badumi lassi (a nutty-flavored concoction) but the banana, strawberry and mango varieties will please most tastes, although they're not as hyper-sweet as some restaurants tend to make 'em. You can taste three sample-sized lassis for $5.

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    Gandhi Mahal
    3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

    1. The Dairy Queen RE: debbie421 Jun 9, 2008 08:15 PM

      Hmmm...I don't know if you're open to St. Paul (since you mentioned Ngon Bistro) and it's been awhile since I've been there at this hour, but maybe Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue, either upstairs or in the back? http://www.cafelatte.com/hours.html

      Or, Tanpopo (downtown St. Paul) if you reserve the big table? (Except that they close at 10pm, so, that might be a little too crunched time-wise, I suppose.)

      You don't say how large your group of women is or what the group is, but Common Roots Cafe (Minneapolis) has a community room available to nonprofits and community groups --their food's good and the atmosphere is relaxed. http://www.commonrootscafe.com/ourcom...

      Good luck!

      ~TDQ

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        debbie421 RE: debbie421 Jun 10, 2008 06:21 AM

        Sorry, shouldn't of said large. Probably more like 5 or 6 of us. Great suggestions though!

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          The Dairy Queen RE: debbie421 Jun 10, 2008 06:53 AM

          Oh, 5 or 6 people could easily, I think, fit into any of the places I suggested. Other places that might work for you, all in St. Paul, are Everest on Grand; Khyber Pass (also on Grand); Cafe BonXai on University Ave and Puerta Azul (on Selby in St. Paul) , if closing at 10pm isn't too early for you. Tea House II on Suburban in St. Paul is open until 10:30, but if you really meant Minneapolis, that might be a bit of a long haul.

          But, I'm sure you have many other later-in-the evening options, I just don't know of many. Past my bedtime, you know. ;-).

          ~TDQ

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          Brad Ballinger RE: debbie421 Jun 10, 2008 03:14 PM

          These places are all open until 10:00 only, but might work:
          Brasa Rotisserie - www.brasa.us
          El Meson - www.elmesonbistro.com
          Grnad Cafe - www.grandcafempls.com

          1. The Dairy Queen RE: debbie421 Jun 14, 2008 06:51 PM

            Probably too late for you if you were looking for a spot for last night, but the bar at WA Frost is open until 11:30pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Delicious, surprisingly affordable chow. http://www.wafrost.com/home.html

            ~TDQ

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