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Lunch near University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN

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alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 09:44 AM

Any suggestions for lunch around St. Thomas in St. Paul? Looking in the $12-18 range (before tax/tip) and for someplace quiet enough to hold a conversation even during the noon rush.

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    semanticantics RE: alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 10:34 AM

    I can't think of anything like that in the immediate area. Of which I live. How close do you need to be? Blocks or miles?

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      alleyraven RE: semanticantics Jan 30, 2012 11:01 AM

      Anything within two or three miles, more or less. Highland or Mac Groveland would be fine. Thanks!

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      KTFoley RE: alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 11:14 AM

      You may like Shish, on Grand Ave adjacent to the Macalester Campus, or Trotters on Cleveland Ave at Marshall Ave.

      http://trotterscafe.com/

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      Shish Mediterranean Grill
      1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

      Trotters Cafe
      232 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

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        semanticantics RE: KTFoley Jan 30, 2012 11:21 AM

        I would back Shish. It's casual but it's pretty good. It might seem noisy, but you can have a convo. Otherwise something like On's Thai Kitchen. Maybe Blue Door Pub or Groveland Tap if they are open then. Nothing fancy, but a nice neighborhood joint.

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        zfwp RE: alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 12:43 PM

        carmelo's might be a good fit, it is quiet in there

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          gryffindor249 RE: zfwp Jan 30, 2012 02:43 PM

          And the food is wonderful.

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          dalewest RE: alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 01:44 PM

          Luci Ancora (right across from St. Kates) might be a little out of your lunch price range but worth considering if you really like a nice quiet atmosphere. (At least it was pretty darn peaceful last time I had lunch there).

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          Luci Ancora
          2060 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

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            Haricotsv2 RE: alleyraven Jan 30, 2012 07:59 PM

            I second Trotters, or Coffee News Cafe near Shish, but you might think about Khyber Pass on Grand just east of Snelling--buffet or menu--delicious Afghani food.

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              ChillyDog RE: Haricotsv2 Aug 9, 2012 09:49 AM

              Coffee News is closed. The sign on the door says "Thanks for 14 wonderful years. Closed!"

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                xcorvis RE: ChillyDog Aug 9, 2012 07:50 PM

                They'll be re-opening soon, they're remodeling and rebranding.

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              alleyraven RE: alleyraven Jan 31, 2012 10:18 AM

              Lots of choices here. At a lunch per month, we'll be able to go for a while. Thanks so much, everybody!

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                stepawayfromthetable RE: alleyraven Aug 12, 2012 02:09 PM

                Indo Chin on Grand got a good review on Heavy Table recently. Going south towards Ford Parkway, there are more options too. I like Trotters but feel they are a bit too expensive overall.

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