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Lunch location on Grand Avenue?

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I'm looking for a good place to take a friend to lunch on Grand Avenue. I know more or less what is out there, but haven't been to any of the restaurants except Shish and Punch. I'm leaning towards something ethnic. Any word on the quality of food at the Thai, Chinese, or Tibetan places on Grand?

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  1. Grand Pad Thai and Huong Sen are two of my favorites. They are both right next to Ramsey Jr.

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    Huong Sen
    1702 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

    1. Not sure if this is ethnic enough, but you might think about Brasa. I think the quality is very high. And it is "inspired by" creole and carribean cooking.

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      1. re: karykat

        Hmm..Brasa is tasty...I'd say India House. So good...

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        India House
        758 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

      2. I'm a big fan of the Khyber Pass Cafe (Afghani) buffet. It's on Grand, near Snelling. Although I think you can also order off the menu at lunch time. My favorite thing is the mung bean shola, which they suggest you put the yogurt chutney on-- oh my gosh, I'd eat that stuff every day if I could, that's how much I love it. My husband goes along with my repeated requests to eat there cos he likes the green (cilantro) chutney.

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        Khyber Pass Cafe
        1571 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

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        1. re: turtlebella

          Good reminder to go there. I stopped by at lunch once a few months back when I was walking by and took a look at the buffet. It looked and smelled heavenly. I was in a hurry then and made a resolution to get back there for the buffet.

          I remember it wasn't crowded on a weekday for lunch. It seemed kind of peaceful. (So I hope they are able to keep putting out that buffet.) I imagine it's even more so with Macalester on summer break.

          1. re: karykat

            I would second India House. I haven't been impressed with Everest on Grand.

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            India House
            758 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

        2. I always forget about the coffee news cafe next to shish. good burgers, sandwiches and beer. I also like cat-man-do. Excellent spicy goat dumplings/momos and good curries. Shish is always good...and St. Paul Cheese has excellent sandwiches for a picnic.