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Lunch on South Nicollet

ChancesR Aug 29, 2013 09:43 PM

Need to have lunch on S. Nicollet Ave. Driftwood Char Bar, The Lowbrow, or Pat's Tap? Also, does C & G's Smoking BBQ have eat-in tables or is it strictly to-go?

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    ChancesR Oct 14, 2013 05:41 PM

    Would like to try Blackbird and Ena eventually but I was in a hurry and needed something quick. (My recent experiences at Sun Street have been less than satisfactory.) So, mitchcumstein, I took your advice and tried the Motor City corned beef at C&G's. And, while it was certainly edible, I didn't think it was any great shakes, especially considering for about the same price you can get a truly detectible pastrami sandwich at B'Witched in the the North Loop. Of course, I wasn't anywhere near there, and Styrofoam box aside, I appreciate the recommendation - thanks. btw, I recently re watched "Caddyshack" and realized who you are, Mitch. I hope you still aren't getting into trouble for night putting.

    I think I would still like to try the Q at C&G's one day. Also, it's good to know that the gas station has Mexican chicken - next time I'll try that for sure. Also, left out of the discussion is Xin Wong which is always a great old standby.

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    1. re: ChancesR
      mitch cumstein Oct 14, 2013 06:58 PM

      Ha, ChancesR, I haven't seen the dean's daughter too much lately! Definitely agree that the motor city sammie isn't in the same league as b'witched, but there is a glaring lack of quality lunch spots on south nic. I haven't had a coney from there, but maybe this week some time. Update on the pollo asado though, the sign has been replaced by a tacos el primo sign, so I'll have to check out the taco quality over there, and report back.

      1. re: mitch cumstein
        meljohns Oct 15, 2013 08:38 AM

        Is that the new place run by the chef at Cafe Ena?

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          mitch cumstein Oct 15, 2013 06:20 PM

          That's gonna be called La Fresca, at 47th and grand. Not open yet, but soon I think. I had the smoked sausage from wise acre a couple weeks ago. It was really tasty (a $10 sausage should be) good snap and well dressed. It did take 45 minutes to get to me, however, so if you are in a time crunch, I would look elsewhere.

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      sandylc Sep 2, 2013 08:39 PM

      Sunstreet, Blackbird, Wise Acre

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        ChillyDog Aug 31, 2013 01:17 AM

        Yes, Blackbird! In addition to lunch, their breakfast menu is available until 2 pm.

        1. drew13000 Aug 30, 2013 01:12 PM

          Agree with the others: Sun Street or Blackbird would be better bets.

          1. bob s Aug 30, 2013 10:53 AM

            Is El Paraiso open for lunch? Is it any good?

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              meljohns Aug 30, 2013 07:17 AM

              I think c&g has closed. If you're interested, call ahead to make sure.
              I like Lowbrow and Pat's Tap, and would also suggest Blackbird; great sandwiches and the peanut noodles are on the lunch menu. Sunstreet is also delicious.
              I haven't tried the new kings menu yet. We go to Ena for lunch quite a bit for their arroz con pollo dish, if you're interested in heading up 46th street.

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              1. re: meljohns
                mitch cumstein Aug 31, 2013 06:05 AM

                C&G is still open, the Sweets bakery next to them has closed.

              2. mitch cumstein Aug 30, 2013 06:06 AM

                C&G's has a couple tables. I like the motor city corned beef. Avoid the fries if you go there. I wouldn't go to the driftwood. The food at pat's edges out the lowbrow as well, but it isn't really saying much. I really like the mexican chicken in the gas station at 48th and nicollet, in the same strip as c&g's, but it has 4 small catering tables to eat at and zero ambiance( just eating some delicious pollo asado in a gas station!)
                But I think for the money that sun street has the best food on nicollet for lunch. If you can deviate 4 blocks, kings has a new chef and the food that I ate was a minimum 10x better than the previous, with a lot of it being down right delicious (the mushroom cavatelli is a top notch dish)

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                1. re: mitch cumstein
                  Jordan Aug 30, 2013 07:34 AM

                  Agreed with Sun Street, which has great sandwiches. I've heard good things about Blackbird, but I haven't been to their new incarnation.

                  A few doors down from Sun Street is Fresh Wok, offering good Chinese-American food. It's takeout only, but they have a table or two where you can sit and eat.

                  Up at 37th & Nicollet is Butter Bakery, another place with good lunches -- sandwiches and salads. Great homemade biscuit sandwiches.

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