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Good downtown Minneapolis lunch spot for tomorrow?

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I'm meeting my husband downtown for lunch tomorrow; I'll be coming from Orchestra Hall and he'll be coming from 5th and Marquette, to give an idea of what would be walkable for us both. Usually we just go places in the skyway near his building and I'm kind of bored with most of them, so I'm hoping to find something a little more interesting. Some thoughts I've had so far: Bombay Bistro (I've enjoyed their food for dinner, can anyone tell me if their lunch buffet is good?), the News Room, Hell's Kitchen (people mostly seem to rave about their breakfast, do they have good lunch options as well?), or the Local, but I'm open to pretty much anything within a 5 to 10-minute walk from my husband's building (he has a limited lunch break, so I don't want him to have to use up too much of it in transit).

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Neither The News Room or The Local have exceptional food. I think their main assets are ample outdoor dining tables.

    Hell's Kitchen is just as good at lunch as they are at breakfast. I enjoy the lunch buffet at Bombay Bistro, but my husband sometimes complains that the dishes are all rather mild (since they have to appeal to everyone and not just those of us who enjoy very spicy dishes).

    Masa and Barrio each have $10 lunch specials that are very good.

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      1. Being at orchestra hall, you are only a few steps away from Vincent. They have a great lunch deal, 2 courses for $12.50.

        http://www.vincentarestaurant.com/men...

        If not there, I would second the recommendation for Masa. Again, only a few steps away from Orchestra Hall.

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        Vincent A Restaurant
        1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        Masa
        1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        1. Ah, the Vincent Burger! Did you see the wonderful "Ode to a VB" on shefzilla? It's a fantastic "gourmet" version of the Jucy Lucy.

          http://shefzilla.com/?p=1682

          Vincent is right across the street from Orchestra Hall. Whenever I'm in that area at lunchtime or happy hour, it's a no-brainer. I hear Vincent has some other nice food, too. I wouldn't know...I can't past that burger.

          1. I like Mission American Kitchen but it's a titch higher in cost than the News Room or Hell's Kitchen. There are 2 Bombay Bistro lunch buffets. Make sure you go to the one in the Medical Arts Building rather than the one opening on Marquette. The one on Marquette is fine but the Medical Arts one is superior.

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            1. re: bob s

              StPauliGirl, that's actually good news about the mildness of the buffet--my husband likes Indian food but can't handle a lot of spice so it's nice to know he'd have more choices than he usually does :-)

              bob_s, what's the difference between the 2 buffets? More selections? Or is the actual quality of the food better as well?

              1. re: MN Law Student

                I believe that it's a completely different kitchen. There are definitely different choices on the menu. I'm not an expert on Indian cuisine, but I think that the Marquette BB serves primarily Northern Indian cuisine (i.e., the food more typically found in Indian restaurants in the Twin Cities), while the Medical Arts BB serves Southern Indian cuisine.

                1. re: bob s

                  Bob is correct. The one inside the Medical Arts building is Southern Indian and will usually have one chicken dish prepared as well.