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

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.


      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).

          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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