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Need suggestions for a place to eat lunch near Energy Park Drive and Snelling in St. Paul

We won't have a lot of time, but want some good food. The only place I can think of is Mavericks....

Any suggestions?

Snelling Cafe
638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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  1. Sole cafe perhaps for Korean? I haven't been there (YET) but its been getting raves around here lately.


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    1. re: keithinmpls

      If Sole is open, that's a great, great choice. Their hours seem to be erratic. Business card says evenings only, but they seem to be open during lunch. If they are closed, Hoa Bien is right down the road.

    2. Smashburger at Har Mar or Muffeletta in St. Anthony Park?

      1. Huong Sen
        Grand Pad Thai
        Pizza Luce

        Huong Sen
        1702 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

        1. Nelson Cheese Factory on Como at Snelling (blocks away from where you'll be) - their sandwiches are tasty and quick. However, there's nowhere to sit and eat them - take out only.

          Nelson Cheese Factory
          1562 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108

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          1. I like Maverick's. It's not too far from Energy Park Drive and Snelling. Also close and good are:

            Pho 79 for Vietnamese is on Energy Park Drive at Raymond...it's fast to get to on Energy Park Drive from Snelling - one light, 40 mph.

            As others have pointed out, down Snelling a few blocks are a few Korean restaurants. North on Snelling to Larpenteur and you can get Dino's Gyros. They're not great, but not horrible.

            Dino's Gyros
            1670 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108

            Pho 79 Restaurant
            2233 Energy Park Dr Ste 800, Saint Paul, MN 55108

            Snelling Cafe
            638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

            1. Two other great places: Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant and Cafe BonXai, both at Snelling and University.

              Even quicker and closer: Abu Nader and Mim's - both Middle Eastern, both right by the U of M St. Paul campus.


              Cafe BonXai
              1613 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

              Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
              510 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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              1. re: AnneInMpls

                I was going to recommend Fasika, but I have found the service there to be "relaxed." Given the poster's statement that they wouldn't have a lot of time, I was hesitant to recommend...

              2. Black Sea (Turkish) on Snelling, near Minnehaha has great gyro type sandwiches. Cash only, but very good food.

                Black Sea Restaurant
                737 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                Snelling Cafe
                638 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

                1. aesops table!!!!!!
                  its off of dale and front, their porker is awesome

                  1. Maverick's Roast Beef

                    Best roast beef sandwiches in the twin cities BY A COUNTRY MILE.

                    Casual. Easy. Relatively quick.

                    1746 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

                    1. Love Bonai-especially the Brandy Chicken. Finnish Bistro (in St. Anthony Park) always has lovely soups and bread. The flatbread pizza is not bad either. Desserts are yummy too.