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Quick and inexpensive lunch near Hotel Sofitel Bloomington?

Hello chowhounds, several coworkers and I will be at a three day training at Hotel Sofitel next week.

We are looking for quick and inexpensive (around $10) lunch ideas (we'll have a one hour lunch break two days, 1.25 hours one day). Anyone out there have recs? We will have a car.


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  1. About 5 minutes away (by car) is Wally's Roast Beef. It's not fancy, but it's delicious and cheap and there is really friendly service.

    1. Baker's Ribs has a $6.99 House Special that is a good value. Google maps says it's six minutes away.


      1. Might be fun to try the Deli at https://www.facebook.com/HylandSki. Have not been there for years but it used to be good.

        1. Grand Szechuan (10602 France Ave South) about 5 minutes south of 494 @ France. Lunch specials in $7-$8 range. Dan Dan Noodles are excellent. So is the fish with dried peppers... Get a plate of Szechuan Cucumbers to share.

          1. Great info so far, keep it coming!

            1. Andale at Nicollet just north of 494. Authentic Mexican tacos for about $2.00 each.

              1. I work right near there and Andale and Wally's are the suggestions I would have offered.
                Other ideas:
                - Aida for pretty darn good Greek food in a former Taco Bell on 66th st. in Richfield.
                - If this low humidity weather keeps going get takeout from Whole Foods or Jason's Deli off of France and eat in the Centennial Lakes park area.
                - If the weather is rainy or too hot, the Good Earth takeout in the Galleria is pretty good.

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                1. re: parallevar

                  Also good options, parallevar. However, I would note that Aida is more Middle Eastern than Greek. The owners are Egyptian, I believe.

                  1. re: Jordan

                    The owner is a Caucasian lady but her staff may be Egyptian. She told me the story once of where the chef(s) had worked and how they came to open Aida together. Either way, I would agree with the notion that it's Middle Eastern food. They offer a good range of options beyond your standard gyro and falafel joint, hence the chefs

                    1. All good recs so far, but one that is missing is Eden Vietnamese Restaurant.

                      Cheap, fast, good food and very close as well (just a bit west of 169) hidden in a office 'strip mall', address is below. They have ~5 menu items a day with the typical sides, plenty of seating inside but also easy to get it to go.

                      Eden Vietnamese Restaurant
                      7130 Shady Oak Rd
                      Eden Prairie, MN 55344