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Quick and inexpensive lunch near Hotel Sofitel Bloomington?

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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.

Thanks!

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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.

      http://bakersribs.com/menuminn.html

      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. re: Jordan

                      One of the owners is from Egypt, not just the staff.

                      http://richfield.patch.com/groups/bus...

                  2. Teque Arepa in Eden Prairie

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900807

                    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