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Apr 18, 2013 07:22 PM

Friday Lunch

Looking to have a really good cocktail and lunch. Most of the places that come to mind, are dinner only. Thinking downtown, loop, SE...probably not NE, but I could be convinced. I don't think we want to go much further west. Heading to Hudson after...

Much thanks.

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  1. One idea would be Meritage in St. Paul (more on your way to Hudson...). I have not been for lunch, but really enjoy dinner and brunch there.

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    1. re: LauraB

      Great suggestion.

      Is Strip Club open for lunch?

      1. re: steve_in_stpaul

        NO! Oops, sorry to be so adamant, but our brunch there this past winter was so terribly bad from every angle! They gave us most of our meal free even without much complaint from us; that's how bad things clearly were. Everything from food to service to the dusty surroundings were amazing in not a good way.

        1. re: sandylc

          OK. Sample size of one noted. Thank you.

          1. re: steve_in_stpaul

            Snarky much? It was an honest review of a real experience. We went there expecting a pleasant time and it wasn't.

            1. re: sandylc

              Snarky much? Not at all. Just being objective.

              Chowhound has discussed the issue of judging restaurants after a bad visit. The facts that you read Chowhound and that you went expecting a positive experience tells me that most readers here who've gone to the Lex have enjoyed their visits (or have simply failed to relay their disappointment).

              *My* real experience is that I have enjoyed all of my meals at the Lexington. Based on my real experience, I would recommend the Lex to the OP.

              I don't have any problem with someone stating that they had a lousy experience at a restaurant (even at one of my favorites, which the Lexington is not). I simply don't believe that one bad experience negates the thousands of enjoyable meals people have had there. And your emphatic response ("NO!") and your later post suggest I need to temper what I'm reading.

          2. re: sandylc

            I was at The Lexington twice in December (once on Christmas Eve which was extremely busy) and had cocktails, delicious food, and extremely attentive and accommodating service both times. I have a group of former coworkers who go there somewhat regularly for drinks and dinner and are always pleased with the place (I assume, or they wouldn't keep going back there). I think your experience may not be the norm.

            1. re: amishangst

              That's good to know. We aren't likely to return soon since there are so many other great places to try or go back to.

        2. Probably too late, but how about W.A. Frost in St. Paul?

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          1. re: justalex

            Love WA Frost. So underrated with all the new fangled places. Sit in the bar for lunch, it's great.

            1. re: american_idle

              I've had so many negative experiences at Frost, I can't bring myself to go back. The last was about three years ago, so maybe things have changed since then.

          2. How about Hudson's San Pedro Cafe?