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Mar 26, 2009 02:47 PM

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?

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    1. re: KTFoley

      Second attempt to add the link

      Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
      1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    2. 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 ).


      Sen Yai Sen Lek
      2422 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      1. Bahn Thai cuisine is along the Mason-Dixon line in Plymouth/New Hope. The food rocks, but the ambiance isn't going to wow anyone.

        Off topic, but why not Barley John's? I mean, when in Rome...