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Sep 16, 2009 11:11 PM

Uptown Minneapolis Lunches

Hello fellow chowhounders:

My job location has changed. I've moved from downtown to Uptown and I'm trying to recalibrate my lunch options. I'm located a half block from Calhoun Square and am looking for reasonable lunch options. I know about Lucia's Bakery (which is on the high side of reasonable), Jimmy Johns, the Thai restaurants, etc. But I'm sure I'm missing something. What would you recommend for lunch that's in walking distance of Calhoun Square? Any hidden gems? Forgotten favorites? New deals?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Barbette on Lake St, Lunds for take away (if you want to dine al-desco), Bruegger's, Sushi Tango and Famous Dave's in Calhoun Square, Bar Abilene, Stella's (I like their low-brow fried stuff, not their attempts at fancy food) are all places I've tried. There's that new place Cowboy Slims that took over Campiello. It's a "scene" but I have no idea about their food. I know there are even more, but that's a quick list off the top of my head. Enjoy investigating your new surroundings!

    1. Personally, I like Kinhdo. I assume they must have some lunch specials. Their egg rolls are very good and the fried rice ordered off the menu is great.

      1. Barbette for sure ... the place kitty-corner from the Uptown Theater - and the Italian restaurant across from Barbette.

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        1. re: Maggie19

          The one kitty corner from the Uptown is either Zeno's or William's Pub, and the Italian rest is Amore Victoria

        2. Sorry all: Barbette was definitely on my list of places to go - I just had a business lunch there on Tuesday. It's one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood, but it's a little expensive for "everyday" dining. I'm wondering whether there are places that you'd just pop in to for a quick, cheap lunch.

          Thanks for the recs so far. I've looked at Cowboy Slim's menu and I just can't bring myself to head in. But perhaps lunch is a way to test the place out. Haven't eaten at Kinhdo in a few years - perhaps I'll head back there soon.

          The place kitty-corner from the Uptown is Zeno's. Don't recall if they serve lunch on weekdays.

          1. Falafel King at the corner of Lyndale and Lake would be another option. Also in that direction, Bryant Lake Bowl is open starting at 8am everyday (more in the Barbette/Lucia's bakery price range).