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Feb 17, 2009 05:11 PM

MSP - Grand Avenue

Hi, all! Minnesota native here, but been living in Phoenix for seven years. I will be in St. Paul the first weekend in March to visit my grandparents. I'm having lunch with a friend one of the days and he has suggested Grand Avenue. I didn't become a foodie until I moved to Phoenix, so I have no idea where to eat! Do you have any recommendations for Grand Ave. on a weekday for lunch? I did a search of this board, but it's possible I don't know what to look for. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Punch Pizza... best. pizza. ever. (sorry to bring a pizza opinion to a non pizza related thread, please ignore)

    Salut has received mixed reviews.

    I like saji ya

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    1. re: babaoriley7

      Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of pizza. Yes, there are those who think I should be flogged for making such a statement. I have been to Pizzeria Bianco here in Phoenix (mentioned below) and thought it was quite good....for pizza. Saji Ya sounds interesting, as does Shish (do you have the full name of the restaurant, or a website?) and Nook.

      1. re: tara17

        Shish is, as far as i can tell, the complete name.

        website here:

        Saji Ya is ok but nothing exceptional, ive been disappointed on occasion and satisfied other times.

    2. Grand has a few decent lungh places. Punch pizza is one of my all time favorites- neapolitan style wood burning oven, etc (But it won't compare to your best - pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix. it's more conventional than Bianco). There is an Algerian restaraunt called Barbary Fig, Farther west is a Nepali-himalayan place called Everest (lunch is a buffet though but not a bad one). Even farther east near Macalester college is Shish for excellent humus.
      You could also go a mile or less north to University for lots of vietnamese options.

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      1. re: stpaulbreadman

        Everest on Grand has a pretty good buffet. You can see what's being served each day by checking out their web site. See link below.

        If Vietnamese or Chinese sound good, I'd follow STBM's suggestion for a place on University. A favorite of mine is Little Szechuan for good Szechuan Chinese.

        Little Szechuan - West End
        5377 16th Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

        Everest On Grand
        1278 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

      2. I don't know how limited your area is, but there are some other choices off of Grand Ave itself. I'm not too familiar with the area, but I can throw out a few suggestions.

        If you want an excellent burger and fries spot, head a few blocks south to the Nook. Or, you could head into downtown and eat lunch at the Strip Club.

        Just a few suggestions...

        The Nook
        492 Hamline Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116

        The Strip Club
        378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106

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        1. re: BigE

          Just a small clarification, I wouldn't really call the neighborhood the Strip Club is in (Dayton's Bluff), "downtown."

          You've got lots of great suggestions in this thread. Also on Grand Ave is Khyber Pass. Grand Ole Creamery (for ice cream.) I also like very tiny, very quirky Bravo! Bakery, mostly for the limited selection of unusual bakery items (green tea cake, for instance)--they do have a vegetarian menu with various stir-fried dishes over rice, but mostly I recommend it for coffee/tea/dessert.

          University Ave has some great choices. In addition to what's been suggested, Ngon Vietnamese Bistro is terrific and has a great beer list. Or, you could find KTFoley's Cheeky Monkey thread and head to Selby instead of Grand.


        2. Cheeky Monkey, on Selby, is brand new and getting relatively solid reviews thus far -- check the Cheeky Monkey thread.

          Cafe Latte is another Grand Avenue standard for sandwiches/soups/desserts.

          1. I've also heard good things about Cheeky Monkey on Selby. On Grand, Cafe Latte is always a safe choice. Punch is fabulous but maybe not if you don't like pizza. I though Salut was all right--not terrible, but not great and expensive for what you get. Shish has good food but the service is so-so. Everest on Grand is delicious and the lunch buffet is a good deal.