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shlmsp Sep 2, 2010 02:25 PM

Hi All,

I'm brand new to MSP (you guys gave me great tips for a visit out here last Spring) and in search of places to eat in the downtown Skyway. I bring a lunch from home most days but when I can't, I'd love to know a few chow-approved places (if any exist) downtown.


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    kevin47 Sep 2, 2010 02:54 PM

    There is a NY style pizza place just NW of Macys that is more than reliable. Walkin' Dog is a bit hard to find, but very good. There is a sushi place whose name eludes me, but is right off IDS. I'm sure someone can fill in the blanks there. La Loma Tamales is at 6th street and 2nd avenue. That's good stuff.

    Walkin' Dog
    618 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55402

    La Loma Tamales
    920 E Lake St Ste 160, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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      KTFoley Sep 2, 2010 03:16 PM

      Skyway in downtown St. Paul, or downtown Minneapolis?

      1. Bill Roehl Sep 2, 2010 03:46 PM

        1. The Burger Place: 501 Marquette Ave (skyway level)

        They have a large assortment of burgers and while the prices are not what I'd consider inexpensive, the burgers are good and better than what you'll find elsewhere in the Skyway.

        2. Kabobs Indian Grill (top floor of Gaviidae Commons in the food court): 555 Nicolett Mall FC#8

        They have a very inexpensive "one-trip" Indian "buffet" for about $7 with drink/tax. It is definitely a lot of food and the line can get very long at rush times but it moves quickly.

        3. Zen Box: 6 Quebec at Skyway Level / 601 Marquette Ave, Suite 204

        I never cared for it but others absolutely love it. The owners have contacted me about my review of the place and promised to make good on it. I went back another time after that and it was just "eh".

        Zen Box Japanese Eatery
        607 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

        The Burger Place (L Philip's Cafe)
        501 Marquette Ave Ste 220, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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          AmyMo Sep 2, 2010 06:24 PM

          My Burger is good and not incredibly expensive - it's in the Northstar Center near the Walkin Dog and La Loma. I also like Brother's Deli for sandwiches - its in 50 South Sixth and Allies for soup - is in 1 Financial Plaza. Have fun exploring!

          My Burger
          520 Grand Ave, Center City, MN 55012

          La Loma Restaurant
          1510 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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            NordeastB Sep 3, 2010 10:17 AM

            All the previous recs are spot on. I'll throw in Dagwoods in The Crossings building for when you want to get a walk in. I love their Roast Beef Dagwood; toasted bun and nice vinaigrette.

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              kriminalrat Sep 3, 2010 12:02 PM

              Gyro at Skybites next to Macy's

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                shlmsp Sep 11, 2010 07:03 PM

                These are all great responses -- thank you! Also, to answer one of the posters above, I am asking about downtown Minneapolis. I will make a list and start going!

            2. drew13000 Sep 12, 2010 09:02 AM

              I second La Loma. I love, love their chilaquiles. I'll also throw in D. Brians for pretty decent sandwiches and Good to Go in the U.S. Bank building for awesome wraps.

              Good to Go
              200 S 6th St Ste 275, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                Cassandra May 5, 2011 03:18 PM

                Hi - I'm looking for updated recommendations for the best restaurants easily accessible via the downtown Minneapolis skyway. I'm particularly looking for places that are reasonably close to the Convention Center for lunch.

                Thank you!!

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                  drew13000 May 6, 2011 10:32 AM

                  I agree that with the weather nice, it's a shame to limit yourself to skyway locations. I'd walk to Vincent or Masa. I think Porter & Frye is on the skyway, if you don't mind going a little more upscale. But the food trucks on Nicollet are awesome, and not a long hike if you take the free bus on Nicollet.

                  1070 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

                  Porter & Frye
                  201 S 11th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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                  Seige May 5, 2011 04:41 PM

                  I don't have Skyway recommendations for you, but since we are almost approaching summer weather (positive thinking, people!), don't forget about the food trucks that will be out and about soon if they aren't already. I'm pretty jealous that I work in the burbs and don't get to partake in World Street Kitchen or the Smack Shack.

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                    JimGrinsfelder May 5, 2011 09:13 PM

                    Didn't the brilliant woman who ran Bombay Deli on Central Ave in NE relocate to a space in the Skyway? I don't get to the Skyway, ever, so I haven't been looking, but if I were in the Minneapolis Skyway looking for food, I'd try to find her place.

                    I'd also go to Brothers Deli (I believe it is at 50 S. 6th Street).

                    Brothers Deli
                    50 S 6th St Ste 220, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                      kriminalrat May 6, 2011 07:25 AM

                      There's some decent skyway spots but World street kitchen on 5th and Nic is incredible.

                    2. Michael Florey May 6, 2011 07:31 AM

                      Zelo has a takeout spot in the Medical Arts Building called Zelino. The lasagne is superb, soups are excellent and they have great salad specials. Also a great egg salad sandwhich.

                      831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                      831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                        samg316 May 6, 2011 10:29 AM

                        Without a doubt, Andrea's Pizza. Best pizza around hands down. They have a few locations actually, so depending on where you're working you may go to a different one that I would. I go to the one by Macy's where Andrea works.

                        They do great pizza by the slice. Not just traditional cheese, pepperoni, and sausage either. They have a pretty good BBQ Chicken, Cajun Chicken, and I believe they also a do a gyro pizza that people seem to like. Definitely worth checking out if you like pizza and just want a quick bite.


                        Andrea Pizza
                        273 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                        Andrea Pizza
                        811 Lasalle Ave Ste 202, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                        Andrea Pizza
                        330 2nd Ave S Ste 258, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                        Andrea's Pizza
                        380 Jackson St Ste 137, Saint Paul, MN 55101

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                          Cassandra May 10, 2011 11:26 AM

                          Thank you, everyone!!

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                          Warehouse May 11, 2011 10:35 AM

                          I really enjoy D Brians deli. They have a load of options (sadwiches, soups salads). I like the wild rice soup and their chili. I usually do a wrap with turkey and avacodo, or a grilled cheese (I know boring but tasty with some tomato soup).

                          I avoid the place between 11:45 and 1 though, they have some real slowwwwww workers and half of them really dont' understand much english. If you go during that time be ready for a line, and a slow one at that.

                          There is another sammy place called Camiles (i forget the building it's in but its around 5th and marquette). It has great soups as well and the sandwiches are pretty unique and tasty.

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                            scarter66 May 12, 2011 03:34 PM

                            Camille's is closed, fyi.

                            I prefer Torby's pizza to that at Andrea.

                            I'll put in recs for Brothers Deli, Good to Go (the wraps in US Bank mentioned by drew1300), Esquina Mexican Eats (accessible by skyway but at street level), Skyway Wok (particularly on Wednesday), and LouAnn's diner.

                            Good to Go
                            200 S 6th St Ste 275, Minneapolis, MN 55402

                            Skyway Wok
                            250 2nd Ave S Ste 245B, Minneapolis, MN 55401

                            Brothers Deli
                            50 S 6th St Ste 220, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                              Diana_mn May 12, 2011 05:08 PM

                              Big thumbs up on your recommendations of Torby's pizza, Good to Go. The latter is better for anyone feeling health conscious, but we all need to indulge once in a while.

                              Good to Go
                              200 S 6th St Ste 275, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                            ElementX May 12, 2011 05:01 PM

                            If you want to try something interesting, I like Kabob's Indian Grill in the Gaviidae food court on 4th floor of the Neiman Marcus wing. They pile on the food for only $5 and I can get 2 meals out of it. Lots of rice, lentil dishes, some meat and other items are available.

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