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Dinkytown Rec?

brlattim Feb 27, 2013 08:12 AM

I know there have been some changes to the dinkytown scene, but I wanted to see if anyone has any rec's for lunch before the UM/PSU game this saturday. Anything is an option, but preferably something that isn't a 2 hr lunch.

Any tips/recs? Thank you in advance for your time and help. Have a great day. I am open for burgers, pizza, ethnic, anything really that is tasty.

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    mull0263 RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 08:35 AM

    Kafe 421 has always been one of my favorites in Dinkytown - good Mediterranean-ish food and a comfortable environment. Otherwise, Loring Pasta Bar has a great atmosphere, but the food can be hit or miss. Lastly, if Chinese sounds good Shuang Cheng has a huge menu with plenty of seafood options.

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      Db Cooper RE: mull0263 Feb 27, 2013 10:33 AM

      Loring Pasta Bar is always a hit if you stick to the appetizers. The entrees are definitely hit or miss as you say. But their artichoke dip remains the standard against which all others are measured.

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      bkmnus RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 08:51 AM

      I know these two are in Stadium Village on Oak St., not Dinkytown, but both are pretty close to the venue, Kimchi Tofu House or Korea restaurant both have really good food, especially if you enjoy Korean.

      Both places would allow you to get in and get out in less than an hour.

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        brlattim RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 12:02 PM

        Thank you very much for your time and ideas. I get sick of the same old. I find college towns generally to have large city options in small town settings....but I am kind of dissapointed with the dinkytown options outside fo the below and popular hangouts (Al's, Big 10, Stubs, etc).

        I have fond memories of eating Afghan food in a small restaurant in Bloomington, IN when i was in college. That's another reason to go to college...diversification. It's not all burritos, pizza, burgers, and subs or at least shouldn't be.

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          MSPD RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 12:05 PM

          I like Pagoda in Dinkytown as well.

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          Brad Ballinger RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 06:30 PM

          You may also like Caspian Bistro. It's on University, east of Williams Arena a few blocks. Might be less crowded in that direction.

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            dalewest RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 07:52 PM

            For lunch I would recommend Shuang Cheng. Great chinese. Very consistent for at nearly 20 years.. Get the Spicy Squid.

            1. MplsM ary RE: brlattim Feb 27, 2013 10:51 PM

              Wally's Falafel & Hummus 423 14th Avenue. Wally's has become my falafel fix since Fishman's closed. Tasty and a really good value. Service timing is variable - sometimes fast, sometimes dead slow.

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                BigE RE: brlattim Feb 28, 2013 07:21 AM

                I'd probably stray toward NE. Brasa needs no introduction.

                My other choice would be Obento-Ya - Just outside of Dinkytown, it also gives you a relatively unused route to get to the Barn.

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