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Jun 30, 2011 01:46 PM

Need a good lunch idea for a late lunch tomorrow (Fri.) Like Heidi's or Corner Table but open for lunch

I'm drawing a blank.

It needs to be a place that's quiet enough to talk.

And have some good food. But not necessarily heavy.

It doesn't need to be expensive. Shouldn't be too expensive.

But should be good.

Outside the downtowns preferred for parking reasons.


Corner Table
4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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  1. Grand Cafe or Blackbird.

    1. Lucia's Wine Bar will be open all afternoon. Lucia's Restaurant ends lunch service at 2:30, I believe.

      Barbette would be quiet enough to talk in at lunch time - particularly if you're past the rush hour.

      Grand Cafe is open until 2:30

      I don't find the food at Kings Wine Bar to be quite as good as the other 3 places, but it's also a possibility. Plus the price point would be a little lower I think.

      I'd think about Tilia but have no clue about whether they're busy at lunch. (I've also never been there, but I've heard good things.)

      That's what comes to mind off the top of my head.

      Lucia's Wine Bar
      1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Kings Wine Bar
      4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

      1. +1 for Tilia in Linden Hills - I can't imagine they'd be super busy for lunch on a weekday. I've only been there for brunch so far, but it's a beautiful little space with fantastic food in a fantastic neighborhood. Kinda makes me wish I lived over there.

        1. I would try Tilia or Lucia's. I don't think Tilia is particularly busy for a late lunch (or even a regular lunch), but they switch to an "in between" menu at 2, which is smaller than their regular lunch menu.

          1. What about Ngon in St. Paul? They say they are open from 11am through dinner. Not sure about parking with construction, but it should be available.

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            1. re: dsg

              The construction hasn't reached Ngon yet (it's only as far east as Hamline), so there is plenty of street parking as well as their shared lot to the east of the building. Ngon would be a great place for a civilized lunch!