MSP dinner ideas?
My sister is coming to town and I'm taking her out to eat. She likes most kinds of foods, but we're kind of thinking Vietnamese or Thai, I live in New Brighton, so I don't want to go more than 15 minutes away. The thing is that she's kind of a fraidy cat. She's from Rochester, and gets really scared when we go into "the hood" (AKA University Avenue) to eat-even in the middle of the day. I want it to be about 40 bucks for both of us. Any ideas?
Obento-Ya is a good idea, if you want Japanese. The food is great, and it's in a pleasant neighborhood near the U of M.
For Thai, how about Sen Yai Sen Lek on Central Ave. at Lowry? The neighborhood is a big more "urban", but you owe it to your sister to gently teach her that the big city is a safe place!
One more idea, though it's not Asian: Birchwood Cafe. This charming place is smack in the middle of one of the nicest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, four blocks from the Mississippi river - take her for a stroll before or after dinner. You could even use a coupon from the Blue Sky coupon book (I saw your other question at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607100 ).
Sen Yai Sen Lek
2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418