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Place for a leisurely lunch/afternoon in Uptown Minneapolis?

mhyrrbabe Dec 7, 2012 07:37 AM

I am planning to catch up with two old friends on an upcoming Saturday, and am looking for a restaurant/cafe where we could spend a few hours chatting - or both a restaurant and a cafe/bar if they are located close by. We are aiming for an Uptown location, but I'm open to other nearby suggestions - Wedge, East Isles, etc. or a near-Western suburb location (one friend will be coming from Hopkins). Of course, good food is desired as well.

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    Haricotsv2 Dec 27, 2012 01:57 PM

    Gather at the Walker.

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      suburban_mom Dec 27, 2012 04:57 PM

      As a WAC tour guide, I would second the recommendation for Gather. They aren't open on Mondays because the museum is closed. They are open for lunch Tuesday-Sunday and open late on Thursday nights. Get the grilled cheese and tomato soup for gourmet comfort food at it's finest.

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      Dr.TriRunner Dec 16, 2012 05:45 PM

      Amore maybe?

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        Seige Dec 16, 2012 07:00 PM

        For the love of all that is holy, please no. Do NOT go to Amore Victoria. Do NOT. Went there for Restaurant Week once and my friend was served frozen, yes FROZEN, vegetable lasagna. Will not return. Ever.

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          SarahInMinneapolis Dec 17, 2012 07:37 AM

          Agree about Amore Victoria. Some friends like to do happy hour there. I've always thought they get their appetizer recipes from TGIFridays or Applebees. That bad

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        bohemianclub Dec 10, 2012 11:49 AM

        I'll be honest, I got nothin' on this one ...

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          ChillyDog Dec 7, 2012 11:56 PM

          Lucia's Wine Bar would be my go to place.

          1. Michael Florey Dec 7, 2012 02:04 PM

            Lucia's or Cafe Barbette would be excellent.

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              bkmnus Dec 7, 2012 08:22 AM

              I have not been yet but heard great things about the food at the Kenwood if you want to be near Lk of Isles.

              Another location that would work for a good amount of time talking would be Yum on Lake St at the SLP border.

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                mitch cumstein Dec 7, 2012 11:23 AM

                The lamb burger at Birdhouse is pretty damn tasty, and it is a really laid back vibe in there.

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                  Seige Dec 10, 2012 10:51 AM

                  +1 on The Kenwood. I've only been for brunch but it was divine and the atmosphere is lovely and casual.

                2. ibew292 Dec 7, 2012 08:06 AM

                  Republic opens at 10 am on Sat. 2nd floor Calhoun Square/ Lake and Henn.

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